Now Open: $25,000 National Student Award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship

Now Open: $25,000 National Student Award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship

❤️Are you a Canadian post-secondary student (see details below)?

❤️Are you using business models to solve social problems?

✨You could win $25,000 or $10,000 to support you on your journey!

The NU Community Board has just opened up the application process for our first ever national award for student social entrepreneurs. The 2021 awards will be presented at the virtual Pivot on Purpose (POP) summit. The NU awards seek to celebrate the best and brightest student social entrepreneurs in Canada. Our hope is to advance education and encourage academic excellence by celebrating excellence, best practices, high standards, advances in, and/or new knowledge relating to student social entrepreneurship.

aGRO Systems Inc.: A What’s Next YYC Update

aGRO Systems Inc.: A What’s Next YYC Update

Founder and CEO of aGRO Systems Inc. (aGRO), Victoria Ross, found her passion through wanting to solve a problem that struck close to home. Victoria’s father has been a beef cattle rancher for almost 50 years. While completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Calgary, Victoria found that around half of all Canadian farmers need a second job to make ends meet, similar to her family’s own experience. This spurred the creation of her social enterprise, which provides service and grain bins to breweries, distilleries, and cideries to transform their waste into affordable livestock feed that is sold to local farmers. aGRO is helping make family farmers more profitable, improving the global food system, and reducing carbon emissions from livestock.

PwrSwitch: A What’s Next YYC Update

PwrSwitch: A What’s Next YYC Update

Co-Founder and CEO, Carrie Gour and Co-Founder and COO, Beth Thompson created PwrSwitch as a result of trying to solve their own problems. Unfortunately, they both experienced a high conflict divorce and when lawyers asked for documentation, Carrie and Beth, like many others, could not keep up because of the volume of communications. PwrSwitch supports victims of cyber-stalking and cyber-harassment including those experiencing a high conflict divorce or separation by providing a means to effortlessly collect and consolidate the electronic communications evidence they need to seek legal restitution or therapeutic counsel. PwrSwitch realized the extreme need for automated documentation.

Calling Canada’s Social Entrepreneurs: Win $100,000 and Help Build a Movement

Calling Canada’s Social Entrepreneurs: Win $100,000 and Help Build a Movement

For the 2021 edition of the Social EnterPrize, one recipient will:

-Receive $100,000 prize money;
-Be featured in a video profile;
-Be featured at an award ceremony scheduled for the evening of November 18, 2021 (if the ceremony is in-person travel & accommodation will be provided);
-Be featured in an in-depth profile in a case-study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution; and
-Help advance Canada’s social entrepreneurship movement.

Award-Winning Canadian Social Enterprise Skwachàys Lodge Reimagines Itself During COVID-19

Award-Winning Canadian Social Enterprise Skwachàys Lodge Reimagines Itself During COVID-19

Canada’s first Indigenous arts hotel, Skwachàys Lodge (pronounced skwatch-eyes) is another shining example of Canada’s leadership in coming up with ingenious ways business ventures can be blended with a social mission. Located in Vancouver, Skwachàys Lodge is a unique social enterprise created by a social housing organization, Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS).