GreenHouse students set their sights on sustainable solutions

ChangeRoom team

Given the growing impact of climate change, building environmentally sustainable products and services has become more important than ever before. So, it comes as no surprise that GreenHouse (GH) students continue to build ventures with a sustainability focus. Whether it’s a product or service to help you consume more sustainably, or an idea to support existing businesses transition into a more sustainable business model.

We took the time to catch up with two of the winners from the most recent Social Impact Showcase, ChangeRoom and Sup Zero, who focused their ventures on sustainability for social impact.

GreenHouse announces winter Social Impact Fund winners

student innovators

On March 30, several GreenHouse innovation teams came together to pitch their latest ventures to a panel of judges from across the St.Paul’s community during its latest Social Impact Showcase.

Waterloo youth solve community challenges at GreenHouse virtual showcase

animation of boy about to run a race

On June 2, GreenHouse hosted the Youth Innovation Showcase, a virtual capstone event for the Youth Innovation Program. This virtual showcase highlighted the innovative solutions developed by 27 youth from across the Waterloo region. These solutions served as answers to challenges identified by the three host organizations: Carizon, Reception House (RH) and the Volunteer Action Centre (VAC). 

GreenHouse in a time of Pandemic

Greenhouse online

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

Different Abilities, Not Just Disabilities

Logan with Mayor of Kitchener – Logan seen here to the left of Mayor Vrbanovic

Logan with Mayor of Kitchener – Logan seen here to the left of Mayor Vrbanovic

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.” 

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