Supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs within the Ryerson Community.  



Our two founding leaders — Sheldon Levy and Jack Cockwell — both share a special commitment to helping young people succeed.

Thus, when the Brookfield Institute was first announced, a portion of the initial gift from Jack and the Brookfield Partners Foundation was set aside to leverage additional funds for Ryerson students who are particularly interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The funding was matched by both Ryerson and private donors to create awards that are three times the initial investment from the Institute.

These awards are arms-length to the Brookfield Institute and are administered directly by Ryerson’s Student Awards department.

Nonetheless, we felt it was important to link them from the Brookfield Institute website, to both highlight opportunities for deserving Ryerson students, as well as celebrate once again the generosity of Jack and the Brookfield Partners Foundation.

MAKO Student Innovation Award

The MAKO Student Innovation Award is available to participants within Ryerson’s Zone Learning ecosystem who are working towards bringing a new commercial product to the world. Each annual MAKO Student Innovation Award recipient will receive $10,500 to assist them in taking their ideas and inventions from prototype stage to market-ready products and successful businesses.

Yabu Pushelberg Award

The Yabu Pushelberg Award for Innovation in Interior Design will provide one Ryerson Interior Design Student with $6,000 to take his/her project from ideation to the prototype stage and promote the greatest degree of innovative thought in interior design.

POA Educational Foundation Student Entrepreneur Grant

The POA Educational Foundation Student Entrepreneur Grant will annually provide three students with $6,000 each, to assist them in pursuing their business full-time in a Ryerson Zone upon graduation. Students entering their final year of study that have an innovative business—either an idea for a new business, or an existing business they wish to grow into a full time venture after graduation—are eligible to apply. 

Social Venture Prize

The Social Venture Prize provides important seed funding to students who are incubating high potential, early stage social innovation projects within Ryerson’s Zone network. Each year, the fund will support several initiatives, with two prizes for emerging projects that are in the initial ideation phase, and one prize for initiatives that are in the development stage, with plans to advance their enterprise to market.