Shift Challenge is looking for innovations to address challenges facing our aging population.

Important Dates: 
January 29, 2018
Competition launch
February 15, 2018
Submission deadline
February 22, 2018
Shortlist notified
February 23 – March 5, 2018
Pitch training and support to shortlist
March 6, 2018
Pitches and judging
March 7, 2018
Winners announced

We received 26 submissions for Shift Challenge. Congratulations to CheckIn for winning $20,000 and business guidance to put their idea into action. Paraglide won the audience choice award, receiving $5,000.

Innovacorp and the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors have teamed up to offer support for innovations that address challenges facing our aging population.

Shift Challenge is now closed for submissions. The deadline was Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm AST. Read what you missed below. ;)

Tell us about your solution for one of our aging population challenges or one you’ve identified. You could land cash and business guidance to put your ideas into action. Winners receive up to $20,000 cash.

Shift Challenge is a competition to encourage Nova Scotia start-ups to build and develop products and services for an aging population.

Entrants must have a new knowledge-based product or service with annual sales revenue of less than $1,000,000. Funds awarded will be used to support the completion of prototypes or preparation for taking the product or service to market.

Entering was easy. You simply had SUBMIT a six-slide PowerPoint presentation on how your start-up will address one of our challenges or one you’ve identified. The deadline was Thursday, February 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm AST.

Competition finalists will have five minutes each to pitch their business to judges at the Silver Economy Summit on March 6, 2018, at the Halifax Convention Centre. This will be followed by a five-minute question and answer session. 

You’ll find all the details about eligibility rules, evaluation criteria, the competition process and timelines in the SHIFT CHALLENGE INFO KIT.

Important Forms


Amanda Tarr
  1. 902.424.8670 ext. 1601 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1601
  2. 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1601