Fireside Chat with GreenHouse

panel of GreenHouse alumni sitting in tall chairs, talking to an audience

There was no fireplace at the February 13 fireside chat cohosted by GreenHouse and the Entrepreneurship Society on the idea of creating social impact, but the room was warm with honest, robust discussion and practical insights from the panellist of GreenHouse alumni who are all now pursuing social ventures.

Recognizing that the idea of social purpose businesses might be new for some in the room, panel moderator and GreenHouse Program Coordinator Lexi Salt began by asking the panellist what social impact meant to them.

Michelle Obama: Equality Talks

Michelle Obama at the Equality Talks

Pies, Polaroids, and micro-enterprises

two students being pied in the face

One of the fun bootcamp challenges GreenHouse students took part in this term was a micro-enterprise challenge: They were given $5 and three hours to see how they could create value for the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program at St. Paul’s, which funds one or two student refugees per year to live here.

GreenHouse hosts Think Tankathon

Students and community members sharing ideas at the Think Tankathon.

What do you get when you put a group of students together with some socially minded venture capital partners and some non-profits and social enterprises facing a challenge? A whole lot of energy, networking, and solutions.

Working different angles – together

Two GreenHouse students working together on a project

Students come to GreenHouse aware that, as much as they might like to, they can’t fix all the problems in the world, but sometimes they dare to hope that they might solve one problem.

Can a business be co-operative?

Group of 4 people speaking about co-ops and one GreenHouse alumni

University of Waterloo students are more than familiar with the co-op concept when it comes to co-operative education, but much less so when co-op means co-operative enterprise.

The first Community Animator

Head shot of Katherine

Hello everyone! My name is Katherine, and I am the first Community Animator for St. Paul’s GreenHouse. I am currently in my last year of Environmental Science (with a specialization in Ecology) and a minor in Environment and Resource Studies.

Community beyond the GreenHouse experience

Rachel and Richard smiling together at a Blue Jay game

One of the amazing but perhaps unexpected benefits of the GreenHouse experience is that the connections you make do not end when you finish the program. In fact, new connections seem to pop up even after graduation.

Social entrepreneurship meets sales training

Sales training participants around a table

While social entrepreneurs begin with a desire to do good, most training for social entrepreneurs focuses unnecessarily on developing a sense of mission — the social part of social enterprise. What is needed has to do with the second part of the equation — enterprise — equipping social entrepreneurs with solid business skills to enable them to do the good they intend.

Bringing the GreenHouse experience to my field placement

Seyni surrounded by community

Prior to leaving for Mzuzu, Malawi to work as a business management and entrepreneurship officer for the Ungweru Organization, I spent a term at St. Paul’s GreenHouse.

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