Concordia is among RECODE’s round one funding recipients. Read on below to learn more about social innovation and social entrepreneurship activities and programs happening on the Concordia campus.
Working in partnership with Concordia University (Karl Polanyi Institute, District 3 Innovation Center), the Chantier de l’économie sociale and the TIESS, CHNGR‘s mission is to encourage social innovation and the development of collective and social entrepreneurship projects.
CHNGR Programs & Activities
Ambassador Program (“The Embassy”)
CHNGR’s Ambassador program recruits students from universities and cegeps across the Greater Montreal area. The goal is to build a dynamic team to raise awareness of collective entrepreneurship, support entrepreneurial projects, and help guide students towards the appropriate resources to turn their ideas into tangible positive social impacts.
By mapping existing projects, success stories, actors and needs, the ambassadors help to see where linkages need to happen and build bridges between campuses and projects.
Becoming an ambassador comes with a list of benefits, including a bursary between 2000-4000$, as well as access to the forerunners of social and collective entrepreneurship in Québec.
The Curriculum Design Challenge aims to generate creative ideas for a 15-credit certificate in social entrepreneurship and social innovation at Concordia University.
Online Portal & Resources
CHNGR’s online portal helps connect innovators and entrepreneurs to the right resources and a network of experts and fellow students wanting to contribute.
Concordia’s District 3 is an innovation and entrepreneurship zone, providing its members with resources and mentorship in order to help them grow as individuals and find success in Montreal and beyond.
Working with Entrepreneurs
District 3 works with entrepreneurs to help their startup validate its idea, identify its business model and achieve product market fit. Coaches and mentors teach methodologies that increase the likelihood of achieving growth and success. Supports include One on One Coaching, Startup Program (SUP), and Incubation Zone access.
Working with Professionals and Students
District 3 provides career development services to professionals and students looking to develop their skills and experience in their domain and beyond, through their Professional Development Accelerator program, Scrum Methodology, and opportunities to join a startup.
Working with Makers
District 3’s MakerSpace is a place for creatives, entrepreneurs and engineers to access tools, expertise and prototyping experience—to expand their knowledge and test out what they’ve learned in the classroom.
Media & Features
Un ambassadeur de l’entrepreneuriat collectif et social à Rosemont
Collège de Rosemont News, November 10, 2015.
The potential of collective and social entrepreneurship: making the world a better place
Disrict 3 Blog, September 23, 2015.
How Students Can Impact Their Community With CHNGR
Disrict 3 Blog, September 18, 2015.
L’université, une pépinière d’entreprises
La Presse, September 18, 2015
Students who transform ideas into social impact
Concordia News, September 10, 2015.
Là où naissent les entreprises de demain
ici.radio-canada, July 15, 2015.
Opinion: How universities can help make Montreal great
Montreal Gazette, March 24, 2015.