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CITM Innovation Challenges

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

If you’re an innovative start-up or scale-up 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 and technology partners to solve the most pressing real-world transportation problems. Challenge winners will have access to pilots, in-kind and/or monetary funding, rich tech talent, resources, and other game-changing opportunities.

Learn more about our current challenges and apply now!

Learn more about our recent challenges and partners, and stay tuned for our next round of challenges.

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CITM's Innovation Challenge could be your ticket to new opportunities

CITM’s Innovation Challenges open the door to new partners, ideas, approaches and other benefits for your business.  Apply today and to unlock new opportunities 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

Meet our Innovation Challenge partners!

Parsons Corporation

Parsons Corporation

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Hamilton Street Railway

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Meet our Innovation Challenge partner, Magna International

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Magna International

Magna is more than one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. We are a mobility technology company with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team of over 174,000 employees and an organizational structure designed to innovate like a startup. With 65+ years of expertise, and a systems approach to design, engineering and manufacturing that touches nearly every aspect of the vehicle, we are positioned to support advancing mobility in a transforming industry. Our global network includes 351 manufacturing operations and 103 product development, engineering and sales centers spanning 30 countries.


Smart, Connected Transportation Challenge

Mobility as a service

Is your firm experiencing tech, innovation, talent, capital or resource gaps?

Are you seeking a targeted solution to test pilot within your existing platforms or a curated portfolio of innovative companies and solutions? Become an Innovation Challenge partner!

HSR Transit Safety Challenge 1

Technologies to achieve increased passenger safety with focus on protected groups.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

HSR Transit Ridership Challenge 1

Data-driven insights to optimize decision-making processes and service delivery for transit agencies.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

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Technologies to better measure safety and provide technology-enabled interventions.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

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Data-driven technologies informing transit service design and planning for the end-user.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

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Technologies to better understand the qualitative experience of transit users.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

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Technologies to integrate disparate solutions into a single interface for mobility hub users to plan and create multi-modal trips.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

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Technologies to enable a single platform for mobility hub operators.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

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Technologies to enable mobility hubs to support the use of transit vehicles for the movement of goods and services.

Closing date: April 28, 2024, 11:59PM Eastern Time

Electrified Vehicle & Energy Infrastructure Challenge

Electrified vehicle sustainable materials Innovation Challenge

Do you have a decarbonization innovation focused on automotive materials such as: metals (green steel and aluminum), green alternatives to leather or lighter/stronger plastics?
APPLY NOW! Application close on January 21, 2024.

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Is your firm experiencing tech, innovation, talent, capital or resource gaps?

Are you seeking a targeted solution to test pilot within your existing platforms or a curated portfolio of innovative companies and solutions? Become an Innovation Challenge partner!

Smart, Connected Transportation Challenge

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.

Download the application package (PDF) to learn more about this set of challenges.

Electrified Vehicle & Energy Infrastructure Challenge

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.

Download the application package (PDF) to learn more about this set of challenges.

Congratulations to our winner!

Solv4x AI

Solv4x is an AI powered ecosystem that makes EV Fleet charging simple.

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Challenges are currently closed

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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.

Thank you to our industry & technology partners!

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Hamilton Street Railway

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Magna Corporation

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Parsons Corporation

Parsons Corporation

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Hamilton Community Enterprises

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City of Hamilton

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Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network

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Frequently Asked Questions

Innovation Challenges applications open twice a year. 

Sign up for updates about our next round of challenges here: Sign up for Challenge Notifications

Please apply by completing the application form linked on the respective Challenge page(s)

Applicants must ensure that documentation included in the application process 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.

International applicants are eligible to apply to the Challenge Program. However, only Ontario-based applicants are eligible to receive business and technical support from CITM during the Challenge Program. If you are willing and able to incorporate your business in Ontario as an international applicant, please indicate this in your submission and a member of our Team can connect with you directly.

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 may be asked to complete an intake form which will provide you with access to support, services, resources and strategic connections from both Innovation Factory and CITM.

A Challenge 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 Challenge 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 Challenge 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 Challenge Partner, if the problem or challenge is one of a product design and development nature.

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 Brent Downey, CITM