GreenHouse announces fall term winners of the Social Impact Fund

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
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The Social Impact Showcase celebrates the amazing work that GreenHouse students have accomplished throughout their social innovation journeys. Four out of the seven student teams that pitched last week were awarded funding to support their ventures from the Social Impact Fund, established by St. Paul’s University College.

This term students focused their ventures on solar energy, physical and mental health issues and career education and experience for high schoolers.

And the winners are…

Aqua-Cell Energy, awarded $7,500, is a start-up focused on providing cost-effective solar energy storage for businesses and is led by Keith Cleland, Faculty of Engineering.

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Mattrics, awarded $3,000, is designing a non-invasive mat that records body metrics during sleep, so occupational therapists can craft custom and effective solutions to meet the sleep needs of children with Cerebral Palsy. Members of the Mattrics team includes 5 upper year Faculty of Engineering students: Ayesha Ebrahim, Sophy Li, Julie Lee, Sumaiya Islam and Danielle Seunarine.

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iContribute, awarded $2,500, is a mobile app that empowers high school students to discover meaningful opportunities and gain career-related experience. iContribute’s team is led by Mesha Naidoo-Edwardson - Faculty of Math, HaoHao Du and Umai Balendra – who are both enrolled in Computer Science at Carleton University.

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Cocoon, awarded $1,000 for winning the People’s Choice Award, is a platform aimed to care for caregivers by providing resources and supports. Cocoon is led Kinza Ahmed – Faculty of Science and Isra Ziad – Faculty of Health.

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Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Fall 2021 Social Impact Showcase and thank you to over 300 community members who took the time to vote for their favourite venture. Here’s to our students’ continued success moving forward.