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Connecting Newcomer Youth with GreenHouse Expertise in Social Innovation

GreenHouse Discovery Lab

For the last seven years, GreenHouse has offered a place for students in the UWaterloo community to receive support on starting and launching ventures that have a social impact. On November 26, 2019, GreenHouse went out into the community instead in an effort to offer an opportunity to newcomer youth from across the region who might not otherwise have the chance to learn from the incubator.

One in a million

Aileen learning about her acceptance to Next36

 

Ever since GreenHouse alumna Aileen Agada began her venture BeBlended – a company focused on the black hair care industry –  she has kept a notebook in which she jots down every idea and possibility that occurs to her. But soon, Aileen might need to add a few extra pages to that notebook.

Blast off for BeBlended

Aileen with BeBlended banner

For many black women, simply walking into a hair salon to get their hair done is not an option. This was the experience that Aileen Agada had in Ottawa while away on a co-op term. It turned out, she had to ask community members where they got their hair done and the same response always happened, “a friend of a friend, of a sister in their basement.” 

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.

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.

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.

It takes a team

Bringing babies safely into the world requires a collaborative effort. An organization that improves maternal health also works better with the help of a team.

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