The Social Impact Showcase will be celebrating the achievements of the 2016 GreenHouse Fellows, a talented group of innovators who are members of an accelerated social entrepreneurship program. The Showcase is hosted by St. Paul’s GreenHouse, a social impact incubator at the University of Waterloo.
The Fellows have made tremendous strides on their startups and will be sharing their progress. Select Fellows also will be awarded Social Impact Fund grants for their next steps.
The GreenHouse Fellows are working on a variety of social justice and environmental issues, including:
- A smart mattress that detects the formation of, and therefore prevents, bedsores (Curiato)
- The integration of support systems for youth living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (SUNSHINE)
- Public art installations that teach people about local food systems and sustainability (EcoArtCo)
- The development of therapeutic performances for long-term care homes (Saakshi Innovations)
- Creating healthy, natural, and ethically sourced skin care products with repurposed materials (Bee Balm)
The Fellowship program, which s financially supported by Libro Credit Union Prosperity Fund, is offered exclusively from May to August for those who have the ability to work on their social ventures full-time. The first cohort of GreenHouse Fellows has seen four ventures expand their operations and secure office space within the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener.
Light refreshments will be provided, so please register in advance.
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall (STP 201), St. Paul's University College, 190 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo
Parking: Limited parking is available at St. Paul’s
About St. Paul’s GreenHouse
GreenHouse supports some of the province’s highest potential, early-stage social ventures. To date, it has launched more than 30 social ventures that are not only generating revenue, but also saving lives and helping those in need. The activities and programming at GreenHouse contribute directly to the University of Waterloo’s vision to be recognized as a uniquely entrepreneurial university that applies innovative approaches to technology, social innovation and social entrepreneurship in ways that create recognizable impact both in economic growth and improving the human condition.
About St. Paul’s University College
St. Paul's University College offers academic courses, residences, and learning opportunities to students at the University of Waterloo. We are an affiliated institution of the University and provide a unique learning environment that educates social innovators to shape a just and humane world. The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre is located at St. Paul’s, as is the unique St. Paul's GreenHouse, a social impact incubator. St. Paul's shares the delivery of the University’s International Development programs with the Faculty of Environment, and offers courses in world religions as part of the University's Department of Religious Studies.
Tania Del Matto
Director, St. Paul’s GreenHouse
St. Paul's University College