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Power Forward Challenge

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The results are in!

The winner has been announced!

Building the energy systems of tomorrow

We’re challenging Canadian and U.K. companies to design better power grids, connecting our nations to clean, user-friendly grids and helping to prevent power outages.

The Canadian and UK finalists have been announced!

Jump-start our clean energy future

Transform our energy system

Revolutionize the way we access clean, flexible, and reliable energy from the grid.

Expand to new markets

Create opportunities for Canadian and UK firms to expand into new markets.

Have a global impact

Test your idea in the real world with a $3M prize to pilot your proposal.

Find out more about smart grids.


Ready to power up your idea?

Millions of new devices such as electric vehicles (EVs), renewables like solar and wind power, batteries and smart devices will challenge the way we think about our energy grid.

We want you to shape the future energy systems of our nations.

Build your team – bringing power, tech and software companies in Canada and the U.K. together to spark some brilliant ideas.

Tell us about your electrifying solution for our energy system.

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Challenge details

Who can apply?

Canadian and UK:

  • Small and medium sized businesses
  • Other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Post secondary/academic institutions

Key dates

  • Call for proposals: October 16, 2018
  • Deadline to apply for SME financial support: December 17, 2018
  • Deadline to submit proposals: March 15, 2019
  • Finalists announced: June 20, 2019
  • Deadline for demonstration projects and final submissions: October 1, 2021
  • Panelist and Showcase Event: February 24, 2022
  • Final grand prize winner announced: March 30, 2022


  • A total of $1 million/£600,000 in each country will be given to eligible teams in need of financial support who have the most promising project vision.
  • The six top teams will win $3 million/£1.8 million each to start building their proposed pilot project.
  • $1 million will be given to the team with the best pilot demonstration.