The Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge, impact200, is a hands-on learning opportunity for McGill students and recent alumni.

Challenge Brief

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McGill's university-wide student sustainability challenge

The Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge, impact200, is a hands-on learning opportunity for McGill students and recent alumni. With the help of experts, students and recent alumni will have the opportunity to turn ideas into projects that will make a meaningful impact on our campuses, our city, and the world.

The challenge will involve the creation of proposals, mentorship and pitching. From initial submission of proposals, 30 teams will be selected as semi-finalists and invited to pitch their proposal. Ten (10) teams will be chosen as finalists and invited to develop their projects over the summer of 2021. Additionally, each of the 10 finalist teams will receive up to 5,000$ to cover costs to develop final pitches.  Winners will be announced in November 2021.

Why take part?

  • An opportunity to conceive innovative solutions to real world challenges
  • A platform for McGill’s student body and young alumni to engage and participate in the Bicentennial celebrations
  • Partake in meaningful mentoringand engagement opportunities with various representatives of government, industry, alumni, faculty, and staff etc.

Team structure


  • Be a current student (including post-docs) or graduated since Spring 2018.
  • McGill Staff, Faculty, impact200 steering committee members, and student advisory committee members are not eligible.
  • Ideas or projects that have been submitted to other McGill competition or funding opportunities are also eligible.

Note: Eligibility will be verified by the organizing committee. You may be required to provide your student ID should we not be able to identify you with your submitted information.

Team size

Minimum number of team members is three (3) and maximum of six (6).


Recommended that team be composed of students from multiple faculties, as interdisciplinarity increases likelihood of stronger proposals.

How to enter impact200

  • Eligible students or alumni may register on the impact200 website.
  • Create a profile to access the challenge platform.
  • Create or join a team.
  • Submit a sustainability-related proposal in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • All information in the Team's entry (including about Team members) will be made public.

Mentors and judges


McGill Faculty & Staff, industry experts in various fields will be recruited to help teams with their project development throughout the Challenge. Mentors will assist teams with:

  • Business plan creation
  • Document structuring
  • Preparing the poster presentation
  • Pitch preparation and more


For Round One of the Challenge (Dec. 1 submissions), a Selection Committee will choose 30 Teams based on their proposal submissions.

For Rounds 2 and 3, a judging panel consisting of high-level McGill faculty and staff, industry and government representatives will select the semi-finalists and winning teams respectively.

Challenge rounds and selection criteria

Selection criteria - Round one

Semi-finalist Teams will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • The project proposal addresses at least one (1) SDG goal.
  • The scope of the proposal is identified.
  • The sustainability issue addressed is a real-world issue and the proposed impact of the project are realistic and measurable (three success markers).
  • The team logically and adequately identifies the expected change.
  • The team can propose a realistic budget and can identify any potential partnerships to leverage their project.
  • The team identifies all possible challenges and constraints to the development of their project proposal and proof of concept.

Selection criteria - Round two

Semi-Finals – Up to 30 Teams

Proposal two, one-minute video, poster display and first pitch

Semi-finalist teams will have until February 26th, 2021 to submit their proposal. The proposal should be comprised of a PDF or word document, a one-minute video presenting their idea, and a poster to be displayed as part of the exhibition component of impact200 during the summer of 2021.

On March 16th and 17th, 2021, all members of semi-finalist teams must be available to give a 10-minute presentation of their proposal and answer judges questions. Visual aids will be available. Pitches will be videotaped.

Finalists will be announced on March 29th, 2021. Teams will be selected by the semi-finals judges based on documents submitted by the team and the March 16-17th pitch & question period.

Finalist Teams will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Second proposal submission demonstrates further development and research to back initial claims.
  • The Team identifies a concrete scope, has a developed communications plan and budget.
  • The Team’s completed Poster Presentation demonstrates creativity and relevant highlights of their proposal/issue.
  • The Team, through presentation, demonstrates they will be able to sufficiently develop an innovative proof of concept within the timeline of the Challenge (throughout Summer 2021).

Selection criteria - Round three

Finals - 10 Teams

Proof of Concept Development – Summer 2021

  • Each finalist Team will receive a stipend of up to 5,000$ CAD from Sponsor for development of their Proof of Concept throughout Summer 2021. Additionally, each Participant will receive a stipend for living expenses.
  • Teams must submit the written document and Potential Proof of concept to Sponsor on or before October 12th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Proof of concept presentation with supporting materials and/or prototype

  • On November 9th, 2021, finalists will present their project to the finals’ judging panel.
  • On November 25th, 2021, winners will be announced during a gala ceremony.

Winning Teams will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • The panel will assess the teams based on their final pitch with the proof of concept submission.
  • Proof of concepts will be assessed on findings and data, as well as applicability to the selected SDG goal(s).
  • Numbers and facts must be used to back up claims and sufficient technical descriptions of project development will be assessed on accuracy and concision.

Note: The proposal submission form can become available in French upon request. Please contact us at if you wish to obtain the translated document.