Montreal, November 22, 2019 - The Cooperathon is the world's largest open innovation competition. On last Wednesday's grand finale at L'Olympia de Montréal, Desjardins crowned the eighteen winners of this year's event.

There were six project tracks this year: health, finance, education, the environment, energy and agriculture. In all, $100,000 in prizes were awarded to teams of experts, entrepreneurs and individuals from diverse backgrounds all across Canada.

Desjardins, a key partner for Canadian innovators

"At Desjardins, we firmly believe that when people come together and innovate, we can find solutions to the challenges we face as a society. That's why we created the Cooperathon. Last night's grand finale showcased the hard work of the hundreds of people who teamed up on innovative projects that have the potential to make a real impact," said Desjardins Group President and CEO Guy Cormier.

Desjardins currently provides ongoing support to many start-ups, and it will work with its experts to identify potential strategic partnerships with Cooperathon project teams.

Desjardins has supported past Cooperathon participants, including start-ups Hardbacon, Dis-moi and Allset.

Here's a full list of this year's Cooperathon finalists.

Coopérathon Desjardins 2019

The winners of the 4th annual Cooperathon

Grand prize winner: PLAKK

This year's grand prize winner is PLAKK, the brainchild of physicians, researchers and a mathematician at McGill University. It's an AI-powered platform that will give clinicians and researchers the information they need to quickly determine the probability that arterial plaque will cause a heart attack or stroke.

Winner of Desjardins's financial health challenge: Think Twice

For the first time in its four-year history, the Desjardins Cooperathon featured an integrated financial health challenge. The winning project is Think Twice, developed by leading figures in Canada's start-up community. Once up and running, the solution will give consumers a snapshot of their financial health in real time, as well as data to help them understand how their purchases affect their financial wellness. The app's features will include:

  • an automated budgeting tool
  • a financial objective dashboard
  • a notification system that provides information about the user's buying habits and makes purchase suggestions based on their financial objectives
  • a purchase freeze based on the user's budget
Think Twice
Think Twice, winning project of the integrated financial health challenge

Desjardins's Executive Vice-President of Information Technology Chadi Habib said, "There was some pretty stiff competition this year, so it was an honour to present the grand prize and the prize for the Desjardins Challenge. PLAKK and Think Twice are both poised to make a big difference in people's lives, and they share Desjardins's values."

Chadi Habib
Chadi Habib, Desjardins's Executive Vice-President of Information Technology

Here's the full list of finalists and winners:

About the Cooperathon

The Cooperathon is the world's largest open innovation challenge with a social focus. With events in Canada, France, Belgium and Chile, this international competition connects communities, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, institutional stakeholders and the socially conscious to build a sustainable future together.

About the Cooperathon in Canada

To date, the Canadian Cooperathon has featured more than 2,800 participants, more than 300 mentors and volunteers and more than 260 engaging stories, and has reached over 10 million people through traditional and social media platforms. This year's six Cooperathon tracks will help move the needle on a number of United Nations Sustainable Development goals to save the world.

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