Epp Peace Incubator


Building Peace through Social Innovation

Located in a city with a vibrant and ever-growing social innovation scene, and situated in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) on the University of Waterloo campus, the Epp Peace Incubator program offers peace-related initiatives an opportunity to put wheels to their idea. 

The Incubator space is 450 sq ft and contains 6 work stations with windows overlooking the south side of the campus. The Incubator program is a collection of individuals and teams who are passionate about their pursuit of new ways to advance peace.  Most Incubator members come from beyond the University of Waterloo student community, though many are recent graduates.

Thinking and Working Politically

Want to change public policy? Does the success of your venture, and your desired impact, require a government partnership? We know that engaging governments is often a crucial step in the process of achieving systemic change. The Incubator program is making a unique contribution to Waterloo’s innovation ecosystem by equipping start-ups with the ability to think and work politically. The CPA draws on the knowledge and experience of our core collaborators and our grounding in the field of peacebuilding to provide this support to Incubator members.

Member benefits

Daily                                                                                                                              Weekly

              Icon of desk with chair and lamp       Icon of house with circle on the inside                                     Icon of a coffee cup          Newspaper icon

            Lockable hotdesks      Shared spaces                                       Coffee breaks          News events & updates

Monthly                                                                                                                     Per Semester                                      Coins stacked on top of one another         Icon of people sitting in a circle                                      Icon of people sitting around a table           Coins stacked on top of one another

     Room booking credits    Progress meetings                            Training workshops      Peace Incubator Fund


           Hands shaking icon          Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail logos in a webpage icon                                     Icon of a letter             Icon of people sitting around a table

           Community events    CPA media profile                             Grebel mailing address         Mentorship

Who should apply?

Apply to the Epp Peace Incubator if you

  • have an idea that will contribute to the advancement of peace in your community, country or world
  • are part of a team of people who is committed to incubating and testing that idea
  • can commit to being a contributing member of the CPA community by having a active presence in our dynamic incubator space


The fee for participating in the Epp Peace Incubator program is $250.00 per month or $1000.00 per semester. Subsidies are available thanks to the generous support of Blue North and other CPA donors.  We are also open to negotiating in-kind contributions as an alternative form of payment.

If you are interested in addressing systems change and want to start a conversation about joining our Epp Peace Incubator, contact Paul or Amy.

Current Participants

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