Waterloo, Ontario is a leading hub for innovation on a national and global scale. The University of Waterloo has a long-standing reputation as Canada’s most innovative university, operates the world’s largest co-operative education program, and now supports a wide array of student entrepreneurship opportunities. In addition to being the home of countless cutting-edge tech companies, our surrounding community has nurtured significant social innovations in areas such as restorative justice, poverty alleviation, and refugee resettlement.

Katie Gingerich of The Ripple Effect Education working with others in the Epp Peace IncubatorSocial innovation and peacebuilding intersect daily in the Grebel Peace Incubator program. Ventures supported by our incubator tackle issues that are local, national, or global in scope, and many have also benefited from other programs on our campus and in our local community.

The true heartbeat of the Centre's work is collaborative relationships, and we are deeply encouraged by the growing and strengthening of bonds between the Centre for Peace Advancement and numerous partners in what we refer to as our innovation ecosystem. This includes campus innovation partners convened by Concept, funders such as Mitacs, and globally renowned programs with Velocity, the Accelerator Centre, and Communitech.

In addition, the Centre for Peace Advancement facilitates the “Social Disruptors Group,” an ad hoc group of University of Waterloo staff and faculty involved in curricular and co-curricular activities that equip students to make a meaningful social impact. This group currently includes the following organizations and programs:

Concept Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business
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Entrepreneurship and innovation at the Faculty of Mathematics

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SDSN Canada Velocity
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Map the System

Map the System is a global competition that challenges you to think differently. The competition asks you to use a systems-thinking approach to practice changemaking by demonstrating a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental challenge. This is not a pitch competition, but rather a discovery process for students of any discipline who have an interest in social and environmental change. Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context by exploring, probing, and researching all of the connecting elements and factors around it.

fall in love with the problem, not the solution

Important Dates

April 8, 2019 — University of Waterloo University Final

May 3 - 4, 2019 — Canadian Final

June 7 - 9, 2019 — Global Final in Oxford

Map the System is an initiative of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world. Learn more about Map the System.