Three members of the St. Paul’s GreenHouse social innovation community showcased their startup ideas at the Spring Social Innovation Showcase on Thursday, July 30, and received a total of $5,000 in grants for their early-stage, high-potential ideas.
The tragedy of losing two friends to brain cancer became the motivation for Madeline Leblanc, a St. Paul’s student who’s studying Environment and Resource Studies, to try make a difference for future cancer patients. After a day of paddling on a canal, Maddi thought of starting up On Board, a stand-up paddle boarding fundraiser.
A new $1,800 investment from the Ryther Fund will allow St. Paul’s GreenHouse alumna Elle Crevits and her partner Jonathan Ramzan, an Environment and Business alumnus, to expand their social-purpose startup, Food Not Waste.
Mavis Chan, an Environment and Business student who set up her social venture called whyvote while a St. Paul’s GreenHouse student, has secured $6,400 from three funders to move the project along.
Mavis won a $5,000 grant at a pitch contest from the Conrad Centre’s E-co-op, and the City of Waterloo’s Neighbourhood Matching Fund awarded her another $900. Most recently, she also received $500 from the Laidlaw Foundation.