GreenHouse announces latest Social Impact Fund awardees

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
by Sarah Ghandour

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On November 25, a number of enthusiastic GreenHouse innovators came together to pitch their latest ventures to a panel of judges from across St. Paul’s community during its most recent Social Impact Showcase.

This newly made virtual event occurs every term, celebrating the amazing work GreenHouse students have accomplished through their journeys of social innovation and entrepreneurship. All four teams were awarded funding to support their ventures from the Social Impact Fund, which was established by St. Paul’s to support students in advancing their ideas into action. It provides students with the resources they need to engage with stakeholders and to be able to build and test prototypes with community partners as they progress.

With the rapid changes in the economy since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this term’s students focused their ventures on helping consumers and startups make more educated and sustainable business decisions.

Two top ventures, Cosmelo, awarded $2,500 and Think Twice, awarded $2,000, created web browser extensions, which provided data to help consumers make more sustainable and healthy purchasing decisions. Cosmelo focuses on sustainable cosmetics purchases, while Think Twice is geared toward providing insights on sustainable clothing options.

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Talent Triangle was awarded $500 for their platform intended to help startups in making more educated hiring decisions. By using the platform, startups will increase employee retention and reduce company spending caused by high employee turnover rates.

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Last but not least, Green In You won the People’s Choice Award, earning $1,000 for their clothing take-back program for brands and consumers to reduce the effects of fast fashion.

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for your favourite venture and congratulations to all the student innovators who participated in this term’s Social Impact Showcase. We wish you continued success on your ventures!