Frequently Asked Questions

The Challenge is open to all individuals or groups of individuals in Canada or the United States (excluding residents of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont) who are over the age of majority in their province, state, territory or country of residence, excluding employees, representatives, sponsors who have paid more than $5,000 in sponsorship fees, relatives, dealers and agents of the Society and Goldcorp (and their respective affiliates). Whether you just thought of your idea in the shower or you have an established company, we welcome all ideas, from individuals from all backgrounds. Don’t have a mining background? Don’t worry! We want to invest in big ideas that improve mining, wherever those ideas originate. ~ Updated January 15, 2018

The written submission must be no more than five 8.5 by 11″ pages using a minimum font size of 12 points. We don’t want to use magnifiers to read your application!

Submissions will be accepted via the online portal from Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 12:01am PST / 3:01am EST until Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:59pm PST / 11:59pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The preliminary application judging will be conducted by an external team from the University of British Columbia. The team can be contacted at disruptmining@goldcorp.com. UBC will select a short list, which will then be filtered down by Goldcorp to a selection of semi-finalists and four finalists who will attend PDAC.

The biographies and backgrounds of the “sharks” will be released closer to the challenge. Make sure you are following us on social media to be the first to find out!

Four finalists will have the opportunity to negotiate up to CAD$1 million in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or direct investment in the winning technologies (investment not guaranteed, and/or investment may be allocated among two or more of four finalists; exact level of investment, if any, is at Goldcorp’s sole discretion and subject to completion of appropriate due diligence).

Yes, all four finalists could potentially walk away with up to CAD$1 million in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or direct investment in the winning technologies.

The Challenge is open to all individuals or groups of individuals in Canada or the United States (excluding residents of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont) who are over the age of majority in their province, state, territory or country of residence, excluding employees, representatives, sponsors who have paid more than $5,000 in sponsorship fees, relatives, dealers and agents of the Society and Goldcorp (and their respective affiliates). Whether you just thought of your idea in the shower or you have an established company, we welcome all ideas, from individuals from all backgrounds. Don’t have a mining background? Don’t worry! We want to invest in big ideas that improve mining, wherever those ideas originate. ~ Updated January 15, 2018

Please do! We want to see your spirit radiate throughout social media and the industry. Make sure to use the hashtag #DisruptMining and follow us on social media to get the latest updates.

Only the four finalists selected to take part in the live #DisruptMining finale will be reimbursed for reasonable pre-approved travel and accommodation expenses in Toronto, up to a maximum of CAD$5,000, and subject to providing reasonable documentation to substantiate the expenses.

Yes! But make sure we don’t just get your business proposal – show us that innovative spark that got your idea started!

Of course! No matter the size of your startup, we’d love to hear your idea!

Are you sensing a theme to these answers? YES! All ideas are welcome.

Yes! Maybe your idea has matured or evolved, or your explanation of it sells the dream. At any rate, the judging team will not have access to last year’s submissions.

Go ahead! The judging team will have seen your previous application, but will remain objective. Remember though – the scoring rubric and judging process have changed this year, so make sure you adapt to the new requirements!

Please email us at disruptmining@goldcorp.com.

Please contact disruptmining@goldcorp.com with questions.