Johnston-Hall_Photographer-Richard-Bain_thumbA collaboration between the University of Guelph and the City of Guelph is one of seven projects recognized nationally with a new award.

The U of G-Guelph partnership won third place in the Civic Innovation Awards program announced by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and jury members Friday.

The awards program showcases innovative collaborations between cities and post-secondary institutions. Under the new award, the Guelph project will receive a $10,000 grant.

The project is being run through the Guelph Lab, a partnership in which faculty, students and city officials work together to improve municipal operations and support open government.

The new project blends business incubators, prototyping and challenge competitions. Innovation teams will pitch solutions to civic problems using open data.

The teams will bring together people from startups, mid-sized companies and other organizations.