Ryerson Global Innovation Challenge


The Ryerson Global Innovation Challenge encourages students to explore and experience the realities of the markets around the world through interacting with individuals operating within those economies, cultures and academic environments.

Through stimulating challenges, students will have the opportunity to expand their horizons of experiential learning and innovation beyond the North American market.

This is your chance to innovate and make a difference on a global scale!



The Ryerson Global Innovation Challenge (RGIC) allows young innovators to think and potentially commercialize ideas that have an impact on an international level.


RGIC provides a platform for innovative young individuals and exposes them to the tools available across Ryerson University to launch their ideas.

Challenge: Providing Marginalized Groups with Access to Market

Marginalized populations such as rural dwellers, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, immigrants and refugees, and LGTBQ community are among those that have fettered access to opportunities. Aside from restrictions to Education and Political Inclusion, one very important barrier is their restricted access to market.

These millions of people are who we aim to empower and enable through this year’s Ryerson Global Innovation Challenge (RGIC)!


STAGE 1: Attend a mandatory information session. October 29th | 12:00pm | TRSM 1-148 or October 30th | 12:00pm | TRSM 1-003.

STAGE 2: Form a group with 2-5 members. Note- you must have at least 2 different faculties from Ryerson represented on your team.

- Write a 2 page proposal on a technology based solution that will innovate through an inclusive solution that enables marginalized groups with better access to market.

- 1 person from the group email the proposal to Anna.Servedio@Ryerson.ca

- Please make sure all group members, names, and student numbers are on the front of the proposal.

- Ensure you CC the whole team in the submission.

Proposal Submissions are Due: Tuesday, December 4th @ 5pm | Anna.Servedio@ryerson.ca |

STAGE 3: Presentations - Top proposals will be selected to come in and pitch your idea to a panel of judges. Week of January 14th| Time & Location : TBD |

STAGE 4:Implementation - The top teams who compete in this year's RGIC will travel to Turkey where the impact of their innovative ideas and solutions will be validated(A LIMITED NUMBER OF EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED)


The date of travel TBD in 2019

What is zone learning?

Zone learning transforms your educational experience at Ryerson. It takes you beyond the classroom and lets you meet and work with students from across the university who are creative, ambitious, and driven by passion. By becoming part of the Ryerson Zone Learning Network, you will get the right kind of support to create, develop, and launch your idea.


global experience

The international experience will allow young Canadians to think of markets on a larger scale and will allow for cultural interactions that will enhance their future careers as well as ventures.

social impact

The critical impact that will come from these innovators will help an emerging economy and will possibly have a greater return for local issues here in North America.

experiential learning

The competition will provide an outlet for people to use the learning they have received in a practical and innovative platform outside the walls of a class-room.


The open nature of the competition will allow for interdisciplinary teams to form across the faculties within Ryerson.


The competition provides a highly subsidized opportunity to work with local and international experts and the chance to be recognized for their talents and innovation.

mentors & advisors

The connection with mentors and advisors who are experts in the social venture field will propel the ideas being brought by the participants of this competition to a higher level.



  • We are looking for any undergraduate Ryerson students.
  • Teams are encouraged to use Ryerson Zone Learning Network as a resource to develop their innovative idea/project.
  • Applicants should conduct their own research to demonstrate that the idea does not already exist in the marketplace.
  • Focus should be put on how this joint project(this is for the proposal) can be feasible when it comes to implementation across borders and cultural differences that might exist.