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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.

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.

The art of cold-calling

For young social entrepreneurs, cold-calling is often a dreaded part of their venture.

"Many of us are really good students who know how to research and develop our product, but we get intimidated about calling prospects,” says Tina Chan, St. Paul’s GreenHouse Fellow alumna. “We’re students with ideas that weren’t validated yet.”

You don’t need a 'Big Idea' yet – just build off your interests

Alex Wong

At our Social Impact Showcase, St. Paul’s GreenHouse purposefully focused on showing that GreenHouse really can be for anyone, no matter what part of your journey you’re at – from nothing but ambitions, to seeded ideas, to ventures running at full speed. 

We all entered at different stages and many are now leaving (cue tears) at different stages.

Alex's Blog: The Fear and Power of DO

Alex Wong
I entered GreenHouse with the intention of doing something - anything. I read and I think and I talk a lot - but never before have I taken real action.

Alex's Blog: Moving back to campus!

Alex Wong
I first lived on campus in Mackenzie King Village in 2011. Four years later, I moved back onto campus this past January, to live in GreenHouse.

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