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Join our social impact incubator

Do you want to change the world? Many of our GreenHouse innovators are making an impact: From saving thousands of lives in Ugandan maternal health wards, to changing corporate practices, to competing for $1 million in the world's largest social entrepreneurship challenge.

Whether you want to make a difference but don't know where to start, or you have an idea and need support to make it happen, or you have a passion but no idea, GreenHouse will help you find the right direction. Join our community of social innovators today.

What's up?

New digs opening in Fall

Rendering of new GreenHouse spaceWe're excited to announce that we'll be opening our new facilities in Fall 2017. Not only will GreenHouse innovators get a large, open space for collaboration and networking, you'll also move into Super Single rooms with ensuite bathrooms and individual temperature control. More info here...

big ideas challenge lightbulb fit together by puzzle piecesThe Big Ideas Challenge is here!

Do you have an inspiring idea? Are you looking for a new challenge? Want to win $10,000 in prizes that will help you on your path to starting your own creative/social/world-changing venture?
Then you should be applying to the Big Ideas Challenge! Find out more!

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Take GreenHouse as a for-credit course

Now you can take GreenHouse as an extracurricular activity, or as a for-credit course. Yes, you can actually develop your ideas and social venture and get academic credit for it! Just apply for this live-in program as you would normally to get instructor approval. Details here.​


Elle and Richard share their GreenHouse stories. You can do more to shape the world as well.

Contact us

We're located at St. Paul's University College, 190 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo

GreenHouse Director: Tania Del Matto

Program Manager and Startup Coach: Brendan Wylie-Toal

GreenHouse Program Coordinator: Lexi Salt