Richmond Hill Biz Innovation Contest

RICHMOND HILL – The City of Richmond Hill is committed to finding innovative ways to modernize government
services. Today, the City launched a Municipal Business Innovation Contest to provide local small businesses an
opportunity to partner with the City to create more efficient and effective services at a lower cost.

Richmond Hill is home to many innovative companies recognized for their creative thinking and new technologies
that are helping change the way the world does business. The successful partnership will build on the City’s
momentum as an early adopter of innovative technologies, products and services while also supporting the local

The City will select a preferred project and provide up to $10,000 to the successful company to support project
implementation. If two companies are chosen, up to $5,000 will be provided. Entries can target any area of
municipal government operations and must provide added value, be doable or practical and be different or better
than the current process/technology/product or service.

The contest is open to Richmond Hill companies with 50 or fewer employees. For more details, eligible
businesses are invited to express interest at Completed proposals are due to
the City by October 8, 2020.

The Municipal Business Innovation Contest is part of the Recover Richmond Hill Action Plan, intended to
stimulate economic recovery and help businesses thrive in the post-pandemic environment. The contest is one of
the many economic development programs the City has launched in 2020 to support local businesses and
entrepreneurs, including:
• A partnership with Freshworks for Startups, the first municipality in Canada to do so, which provides up to
$4000 in credits on the Freshworks suite of products and programming
• A dedicated business hotline available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 905-771-5558
• ShopHere in partnership with to help businesses optimize their online platform
• A Temporary Use By-law allowing restaurants and cafés to create or expand outdoor patio space