TECHNATION Canada and Microsoft bring you this Open Innovation Challenge for both Students and Canadian SMEs who are registered for our Digital Marketplace. Learn how to register below.


Are you passionate about sustainability or the local economy and small businesses? We’ve got a challenge for you… and a chance to win cash prizes! Whether you are a tech wiz, a business student or an arts major – your insights are needed. Join a team or register one today. Submit your solutions in one of two categories outlined in this challenge for a chance to win up to $8,000 to the top team! 

Click here for more information on how to register.


During our Digital Marketplace event on November 24, Microsoft launched two industry challenges: Post Pandemic Economic Recovery and Building for Sustainability. Microsoft is looking to identify Canadian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) capable of providing solutions to these two challenges. If you have any questions or would like to submit your proposal for one or both challenges, please contact Natasha Apollonova no later than March 6. 

For more information, watch this webinar where Kevin Byrnes, Senior Industry Leader from Microsoft explains these industry challenges. 

These challenges are accessible to SME Digital Marketplace registrants (  If you have not already done so, please register your firm on Canada’s Digital Marketplace to showcase your innovative solutions and services to jurisdictions across Canada. TECHNATION continues to make enhancements to the site including features added to provide a curated list of solicitations from, the Government of Canada’s open procurement information service. We have also redesigned our main page to make it easier for member firms to navigate Canada’s Digital Marketplace. We will continue to bring forward new procurement opportunities from our national and community partners including provincial and municipal opportunities.