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CITM Innovation Challenges

Do you have a tech solution for the future of transportation?

If you’re an innovative startup or SME with a solution for a new era of smart, sustainable transportation — we want to hear from you!

The CITM Innovation Challenges program brings together industry, technology and innovation partners to solve the most pressing real-world transportation problems. Challenge winners access pilots, rich tech talent and resources, and other game-changing opportunities.

Check out the 2022 challenges and apply to work with this year’s challenge partners.

Meet the Innovation Challenge partners!

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Your ticket to new opportunities

CITM Innovation Challenges open the door to new partners, ideas, approaches and other benefits for your business.

Connected Autonomous Vehicle Systems - Transportation and Mobility

Leverage partner resources, products & technology platforms

Pilot your tech with partner R&D teams, customers & ecosystems

Find new investment & grant opportunities

Transportation as a service solutions

Discover faster or alternative paths to market

Get exposure through our marketing showcase & other channels

Smart Transportation Network + DataStor

Test your tech solutions and tap into rich datasets in Ontario’s first live, multi-site 5G R&D network and comprehensive data repository.


Multimodal freight solutions

CITM and our partners Nokia and Inovex are looking for innovative multi-modal freight tracking solutions, freight management solutions (particularly those requiring or benefitting from 5G connectivity, leveraging Nokia’s NDAC platform), vehicle, operator and personnel safety solutions, vehicle emissions reduction technologies and solutions and energy distribution system management and optimization solutions. We welcome your product/solution submissions for the multi-modal freight solution Challenges.

Challenge 1

Freight monitoring and tracking, multimodal route optimizations, carrier and driver monitoring and efficiency solutions.

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Challenge 2

Optimization for the safety of personnel at port, airport, distribution centre and other freight handling points.

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Challenge 3

Leverage vehicle data to optimize for vehicle safety, operator safety and emissions reductions.

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Decarbonizing heavy truck shipping

CITM and our partners Geotab ITS and Inovex are working to help manufacturers of heavy goods as well as fleets and truck owners, like Road Runner Prime Logistics adopt electrified powertrains (batteries and/or hydrogen fuel cells) for Class 6 to Class 8 trucks. Similarly, the energy provider, Hamilton Community Enterprises (HCE) and their supply chains want to understand where to invest in infrastructure such as charging stations, hydrogen fueling stations and their supply chains. We welcome your product/solution submissions for the decarbonizing heavy truck shipping Innovation Challenges.

Challenges are coming soon!

Challenge 1

Optimizing heavy goods shipment on Class 6-8 trucks.

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Challenge 2

Converting Class 6-8 trucks to electrified powertrains using either batteries or hydrogen fuel cells.

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Challenges are currently closed

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Thank you to our industry & technology partners!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications close January 22, 2023.

Please apply by completing the following application form by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) January 22, 2023.

Applicants must only share documentation shared in the application process that is their own work. 

Any application that is received by the Organizers that is illegible or has not been received through the website outlined above is automatically void.

The Organizers assume no responsibility for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, or the failure of any application to be received by the Organizers on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof.

Any company that is headquartered in Canada and/or be majority Canadian owned (>50%), and is willing to become a member of CITM for free if accepted into the program.

No, but the experience will look a little different for pre-revenue companies. Early-stage companies with products that are not quite ready for customers, that are invited to participate, will be connected with coaching, programming, resources, and educational content to support their continued development.

There is no cost to apply to participate in an innovation challenge or to become a member of CITM.

You do not have to be a client/member with Innovation Factory or CITM to submit your solution when there is a call for solutions.  If selected to participate and participate in the challenge, you will be asked to complete an intake form which will provide you with access to support, services, resources and strategic connections from both Innovation Factory or CITM.

Innovation Partners are startups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with an innovative product, solution or service that is selected to solve the Industry/Technology Partners’ challenge. The Innovation Partner must work with, leverage, build on top of or integrate with the Technology Partner’s foundational technology or platform to solve the Industry Partner’s challenge.

An Industry Partner is the ultimate end customer who determines the problem or use case that forms the basis of the “challenge” that requires a technology, product, service or other solution from the SME Innovation Partner. The Industry Partner hosts and sponsors a pilot or test implementation of the winning challenge entrant, either in a lab / constrained environment or operating environment.

A Technology Partner is typically a technology solutions provider to the Industry Partner, whose products or solutions form a core component or foundation for the required innovation to solve for the challenge. In some cases, the Technology Partner is the one seeking the Innovation Partner’s solution, typically as a solution or partner within their solution ecosystem, to address an end customer needs or problem. On occasion, the Technology Partner can also be the Industry Partner, if the problem or challenge is one of a product design and development nature.

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Disclosure and Ownership of Technologies and Materials

All participants will retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in the subject matter of their applications. Participants are cautioned that intellectual property rights, including patentable inventions and industrial designs, may be compromised by public disclosure.

Submission of an application to the Forum should be considered a public disclosure. Participants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented in their business plan or the Panel Review. Organizers and sponsors of the Forum, staff, evaluation panel, audience members, etc. will not be asked to sign any non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements. The evaluation/presentation will be conducted in a meeting with attendance open to the general public.

Participants acknowledge that it is their responsibility to take steps prior to submitting entries to preserve their intellectual property rights in any subject matter contained therein.

Publishing and Promotion

Once materials are submitted, the organizers reserve the right to publish information respecting the participants’ work in publications and to release information to the media, which may include radio, television, print media, and the Internet.


Applications and extra inclusions will not be returned after submission.

The Organizers accept no liability whatsoever arising in respect of the participation in the Challenge by any individual or either of the Innovation, Technology or Industry partner involved.

By submitting an application, each participant releases and holds harmless the Organizers, their affiliates and subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, any panelists appointed by them, and in each case their respective directors, officers, owners, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns, from any and all liability in connection with the Forum or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any grant including, without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

By accepting your invitation to participate in the Innovation Challenge, the successful participant authorizes the Organizers the right to use his/her name, address, likeness, photograph, application, and/or statements in advertising and for other promotional or publicity purposes without compensation.

The Organizers reserve the right, without advance notice, to suspend, delay or cancel the Challenge or to modify these guidelines for any reason or as required by applicable law. Organizers will make best efforts to notify all participants of any changes.

By submitting your application, you represent and warrant to the Organizers that your submission is your own original work and that you have the sole right to submit it to the Organizers.

Have more questions?

Get in touch with Richard Dunda, Director, CITM