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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.” 

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.

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.

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.

Amy's Blog: The power of networks

Amy Liou

As hinted, I have been asked before how I, as a student, can have so much energy to work on multiple tasks without burning out. Truth is, I do burn out. A lot. And I have experienced more stress than I should have in the past few months.

"I’ve learned, however, the importance of teamwork, and having a team working with and supporting me to achieve goals."

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