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Crush-It! Challenge

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The results are in!

The winner has been announced!

Crushin’ the Cleantech Competition

Your challenge is to develop a new clean technology solution that transforms how energy is used for crushing and grinding rocks in the mining industry.


Mining is one of Canada’s founding industries.

Its products are critical to today’s society.

Crushing and grinding rocks for mining uses three percent of the planet’s energy.

We know that the environment and the economy go hand in hand.

As we move to a greener future, we must use energy efficiently.

That’s why we challenged innovators, big and small

To reimagine mining through our Crush It! challenge and to show us their breakthrough solutions for a cleaner, more efficient mine.

On October 30, 2018, we launched an open call for applications.

Interest from applicants from around the world.

65 applications received.

12 semi-finalists.

6 finalists will be selected and awarded $800,000 and 18-months to develop a testable prototype.

1 grand prize winner receives $5 million to help bring its solution into Canadian mines.

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Develop the next generation of mining

Fight climate change

Develop innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption and pollution in mining

Increase competitiveness

Increase competitiveness in the mining sector and develop world-leading clean technologies

Transform the mining cycle

Revolutionize the mining cycle and unlock the future of mining

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Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as companies, industry associations and research centres
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Independent small-scale innovators and individuals


  • $10,000 for each small-scale innovator selected as one of the up to twelve (12) Challenge semi-finalists to help them pitch their ideas to the Challenge Jury
  • Up to $800,000 each for up to 6 finalists to build and test their cleantech solutions.
  • $5 million grant to the innovator who can demonstrate the best energy breakthrough in crushing and grinding rocks

Key dates

  • January 15, 2019: deadline to submit applications
  • March 2019: pitch proposal at #DisruptMining event
  • May 2019: top 6 announced
  • May 31, 2021: final submission deadline for Challenge finalists
  • Summer 2021: final grand prize winner announced