In the Spring of 2014, following a request for proposals, 37 schools from across Canada applied for RECODE funding. Learn more about their work below.
Visit the link below to learn more about social innovation and social entrepreneurship activities and programs happening at Seneca College. To see more school spotlights, click “View School Page” on the school boxes below.
Integrate business and social innovation by using Seneca’s new On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) initiative.
Mount Royal University
Develop an undergraduate concentration in Social Innovation, an innovation hub, a campus-wide approach to community leadership development, a design-based fellowship program for practitioners, and a seed capital fund.
Create social innovation fellowship, promote co-curricular activities, enable incubation, and pilot an alternative, for‐credit model for projects that are co‐designed with community partners.
Pond-Deshpande Centre, University of New Brunswick
Support student engagement in social entrepreneurship, and accelerate Impact Ventures in Atlantic Canada via acceleration and incubation programs, curriculum development, and by creating living labs.
Create a seed fund, an incubator and social enterprise lab, curriculum development, and boot camps.
Medicine Hat College
Conduct a campus/community mapping, identify social innovation assets and current external community activities, and gaps where students can get involved to solve recognized social problems.
Create A Leading Change Storefront, a Changemaker program, and a campus-wide social entrepreneurship student accelerator.
University of Waterloo
Refine social innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum, further develop a social entrepreneurship incubator, and create experiential education opportunities and social innovation labs.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
Open health clinics in Trois-Rivières that serve at-risk populations. The university and community will facilitate cooperation between experts and healthcare providers.
Simon Fraser University
Create change labs, social venture accelerators, social innovation fellows, incubators, and a seed fund.
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
Create and facilitate an on campus Living Lab about urban agriculture.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Strengthen campus incubator and accelerator for social innovation (CIR:CLE), and research and document social impact and social innovation.
The University of British Columbia: Hacking Society
Use UBC’s advanced network infrastructure as a launchpad for digital-savvy campus social entrepreneurs to accelerate social innovations with regional stakeholders.
Université de Sherbrooke
Mobilise, structure, and facilitate an innovation ecosystem that optimizes potential and creates collaboration opportunities.
Niagara College Canada
Empower students to be leaders in creating systemic change in the Niagara Region and provide experiential learning opportunities for student-led social innovation.
Vancouver Island University
Support social enterprise and social innovation in the food sector; expand a culture of design thinking, interdisciplinary collaborations, events; and create innovation hubs that integrate social economy education across disciplines.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Create Social Innovation Studios, Micro-Grants for Art and Design-Led Startups, and a storefront presence adjacent to the future campus site at Great Northern Way.
University of Manitoba
Establish a student-centred, social entrepreneurship incubator; a social entrepreneur ‘mutual mentorship’ program; and a community service-learning program focused on social innovation.
Support social ventures and for-profit entrepreneurship models to nurture and grow social purpose businesses; develop a repository of social innovation curriculum; and provide skill development building and promote engaged research on social innovation.
Develop a university-wide social innovation zone that builds upon existing social innovation and social entrepreneurship activities and embedding them into curricular and co-curricular programs.
Develop a social innovation zone that boosts student and youth experiential learning through engagement with entrepreneurial ventures both on campus and throughout the Hamilton area.
Create a student centered, interdisciplinary, social innovation and entrepreneurship centre and accelerator; support course development, experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities; and provide access to mentorship, partnership, resources, and funding.
Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L’Assomption
Coordinate the Centre collégial de recherche en innovation sociale (CERESO) and college-community outreach projects. Set up research, knowledge transfer, and training activities in order to study, develop, and implement innovative social practices.
Ryerson University : Faculty of Community Services
Develop a transformative learning and social action zone focused on improving child and youth mental health and wellbeing, and support students to develop and test their own approaches to systems transformation.
Wilfrid Laurier University
Combine entrepreneurial spirit with institutional commitment to social action and community engagement to create co-curricular activities, social innovation spaces, and enable seed funding.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Integrate a centre for social innovation and entrepreneurship, a graduate degree program and incubator, and the expansion of community service learning and partnerships.
University of Victoria, Camosun College, and Royal Roads University
Strengthen collaborative relationships and initiatives of post-secondary institutions, community, industry, and government that reinforce an enterprise approach to social innovation on Vancouver Island.
École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Collège Dawson et Cégep André-Laurendeau
Help create a social innovation zone by integrating social impact activities in the existing entrepreneur ecosystem and promoting social entrepreneurship.
Leverage institutional experience for capacity building and development of new tools in social finance and regional economic development.
University of British Columbia
Expand e@UBC accelerator programs to directly support social ventures from idea stage to first revenues. Create seed investment support for new UBC-affiliated social and impact startups.
Create a social innovation zone that provides support services to current and future entrepreneurs, and to social businesses.
University of Guelph
Act as a comprehensive research and incubation hub for prototypes and cutting edge innovations addressing food systems issues.
Increase capacity for experiential and multi‐disciplinary learning, the number of changemaker spaces to incubate and grow new social enterprises, and foster innovative social finance.
Increase engagement in social innovation across faculties, support applied research and experiential learning, and strengthen knowledge mobilization.
Expand the social enterprise incubation and acceleration entrepreneurship programs, create a social enterprise fund, and launch the Arts Trader and Design Advantage program.
Scaling up of existing activities, such as boot camps, courses, workshops and case writing, and the creation of a Social Impact Academy and a Social Impact Lab.