Frequently Asked Questions

The Challenge is open to all individuals or groups of individuals in Canada or the United States (excluding residents of Florida) 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).

For persons residing in jurisdictions in which the competition is not available, you are welcome to submit your ideas to us for our review, notwithstanding the fact that you are ineligible to participate in the competition.

Required: The website submission form

Required: The report submission PDF in the required template

    1. Maximum of five 8.5” by 11” pages; minimum 12-point font size; minimum margins are one inch; text in tables and figures may be as small as 9 points.
    2. Uploaded as a single unlocked PDF document, 20 MB maximum. Embedded hyperlinks to external content can be included but may not be reviewed.

Recommended: A MAXIMUM 90-second elevator pitch video.

Submissions close at 8:59pm PST / 11:59 pm EST on Monday November 5, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted.

There will be two formal rounds of judging to determine semi-finalists and finalists. A team from the University of British Columbia composed of individuals with varying backgrounds will conduct the first round of judging.

UBC will filter submissions to provide a short list to Goldcorp to select semi-finalists and finalists who will be invited to attend the #DisruptMining Finale during the 2018 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference in Toronto on March 3. Semi-finalists will be invited to showcase at the Innovation Expo, and Finalists will be invited to participate in the “shark-tank” style live finale.

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

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. Please ensure press releases are sent to for accuracy review.

Only finalists (up to 2 individuals) selected to take part in the live #DisruptMining shark-tank style finale will have travel and accommodations in Toronto covered.

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.

Absolutely! Keep in mind some judges may have seen your submission last year so tell us what you’re doing differently this time.

Go ahead! The judging team (both UBC and Goldcorp) will have seen your previous application, so tell us what’s different, how you’ve improved or what impact you’re making. Remember – the scoring rubric and judging process has changed this year, so make sure you adapt to the new requirements! Please do not re-submit your previous application.

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