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GreenHouse celebrates 20 cohorts of youth-led social innovations and enterprises with digital book

GreenHouse Celebrate 20

Since 2013, GreenHouse has been helping students find purpose, take action and create impact. Recently GreenHouse has reached a significant milestone, celebrating the achievements of its 20th cohort of students at its first virtual Social Impact Showcase.

Youth Innovators not Letting a Pandemic Stop them

With the announcements of widespread closures at the start of the March Break, GreenHouse’s Youth Innovation Program has had to be, well, innovative. Fortunately, both the students in the program, as well as the organizational hosts and the coordinator, Anne Filion, have risen to the challenge.

GreenHouse in a time of Pandemic

Greenhouse online

Collage of the six social ventures that pitched in the first online Social Impact Showcase.

GreenHouse Alumni Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Book, Our Stories in STEM

STEM BOOK

GreenHouse students are often asked, “What’s your why?” The question invites emerging social entrepreneurs to figure out what change they truly want to make, and from there to determine the best way of doing so.

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.

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