After a 5-week immersive experience, including support from experts working in a variety of industries, 15 winning teams were announced at the finale of the Cooperathon, the largest open innovation competition in Canada. Of course, it looked quite different this year, due to the pandemic.
"I'm very pleased with the success of this first-ever entirely online version of the Cooperathon. For the past 5 years, Desjardins, supported by trusted partners and well-known businesses, has been helping turn ideas into actual business models. Canadians' boundless ingenuity and desire to make a positive socio-economic impact push Desjardins to do everything it can to help encourage the future success of these inspiring businesses," said Martin Brunelle, Vice-President of Growth, Acquisitions and Development at Desjardins.
The big winner: Nura Medical
The Cooperathon Grand Prize was awarded to the Nura Medical team, which developed an online pharmacy system that helps minimize medical errors and provide access to care in remote regions.
The Nura Medical team will take part in the Startup in Residence program for 8 months and receive a $40,000 grant ($30,000 for the Cooperathon Grand Prize and $10,000 for the Best Technological Solution Award).
For more information on Nura Medical, visit www.nuramedical.com/our-story.
The challenges Desjardins launched inspired solutions that will have a positive impact on Canadian society
Intergenerational challenge: How can seniors and youth share knowledge and experiences on an ongoing basis to mutually help each other?
- TwinGen, the project that won this challenge, is a digital platform that connects seniors and youth for knowledge sharing and mutual assistance.
Fintech challenge: How can we help empower Canadians financially?
- The team that won this challenge developed the QUBER gamification solution that has the potential to revolutionize the way we manage our finances.
See the complete list of winners on the Cooperathon's official site.
Desjardins would like to congratulate all the participants and thank the organizations who proposed the challenges and shared their employees' expertise. To see the complete list of partners, visit this section of the site.
The 2020 Cooperathon at a glance ...
Over 1,500 participants from 212 cities across Canada
130 teams and over 200 projects submitted
15 challenges (in areas including health, relationships, the environment, finance, technology, events, arts and entertainment)