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Are you interested in developing innovative approaches to pressing social and environmental problems?

We want to hear your ideas!

Grand prize

Win a fully funded GreenHouse fellowship, which includes accommodation at St. Paul’s GreenHouse from May to August — as well as access to programming, training, and mentorship.

Plus, as a GreenHouse Fellow, you will have access to thousands of dollars in startup funding!

Key dates

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7-8:30 pm in St. Paul’s Alumni Hall Side B
    • Information session on the Big Ideas Challenge: Learn what makes up a successful application and enjoy free food
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017
    • Application deadline: E-mail Lexi Salt your pitch deck (must be submitted by 11:59 pm)
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    • Finalists are selected
  • Monday, March 6, 2017
    • Learn how to craft and deliver the perfect pitch (by invitation only)
  • Friday, March 10, 2017
    • Boardroom pitch (by invitation only)
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4-5:30 pm in St. Paul’s Alumni Hall
    • Social Impact Showcase/BIC celebratory event (by invitation only)

Eligibility criteria

In order to participate in the Big Ideas Challenge: 
  • You and your team must be between the ages of 18-29.
  • At least one member of your team must be available to take a full-time residency at St. Paul’s GreenHouse from May 3 to August 31, 2017. 

What we're looking for

  • Strength of team or individual – ability to be coached
  • Understanding of social problem being addressed and customer/beneficiary
  • Degree of innovation
  • Clarity of social mission
  • Potential for impact

How to apply

Use the Application Template [PPT] to create your pitch deck for submission. Remember, the deadline to email it to Lexi Salt is February 26.

Anything else?

All applicants must be available to pitch on March 10.

Have any questions?

Please e-mail Program Coordinator Lexi Salt.


Thank you to our partners for their financial support:

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