Paul Polak Innovation Fund

A dark blue donkey pulls a cart with a golden sunburst in the background. The title reads Paul Polak Innovation Fund.

Your caring gift can create a safe space for innovators around the world to test their ideas for new or improved ways to earn income!

As a market-driven organization, iDE believes in fostering innovation as a way to solve the world’s BIG problems. We’re always on the lookout for The Next Big Thing.

Thanks to generous people like you, we can make funding available through The Paul Polak Innovation Fund for promising products and ideas that directly benefit the children and families around the world who live in poverty. This fund was launched in 2021 in honour of iDE’s founder Paul Polak.


So what does this look like?

  • In Cambodia, it looks like developing an easy-to-use mushroom growing kit for farmers to produce a high-value crop.
  • In Ghana, it looks like using recycled plastics to construct more affordable toilet facilities.
  • In Nepal, it looks like producing nutrient-rich compost that farmers can use to increase their crop yields.

Through your generosity, you have the exciting opportunity to help fund the next round of innovative ideas like these! 

It costs money to test and develop ideas with the potential to positively impact entire communities. One Fail Fast project costs $20,000 for us to fund. Your generous gift will help us get closer to our goal.

With your help, The Paul Polak Innovation Fund pitch winners are able to test ideas, learn new things and pivot in order to create the most beneficial product for families in need. What an amazing gift!

In the event that the goal for this appeal is reached, additional donations will be put towards other areas of iDE operations. Your contribution will continue to make a difference.


Will you send in a gift today to create a safe space for innovators to test their good ideas?

The deadline for the next round of Polak Fund awards is June 2024.

Looking to donate by e-transfer, donor advised fund or securities? Check out the Other Ways to Help page or contact us by email at info@idecanada.org or by phone at 204-786-1490.

For info on other ways to donate — including e-transfers, donor advised funds, cheques and more — click here.