Trico Charitable Foundation (TCF) is pleased to announce the return of our Summer Student initiative in which a Calgary post-secondary student developing a social enterprise will no longer have to put their venture on pause while working to ‘pay the bills’ during the summer.
“Through our work with student social entrepreneurs, we saw they often face the agonizing choice of putting their venture on pause because they need to generate income during the summer” explains Dan Overall, Executive Director of Trico Charitable Foundation. “Combine that with the fact that more and more Calgary students are developing social enterprises and Calgary’s growth as a social entrepreneurship hub, and we knew the time was right for this type of initiative.”
The Trico Summer Student Social Entrepreneur will work full-time over the summer of 2018 (exact start and end dates to be negotiated based on the selected student’s schedule). Tasks will be broken down as follows:
- 50% of their time will be devoted to their venture as they see fit,
- 30% of their time will be devoted to putting their venture through the A.S.E.S.S. process, the Foundation’s toolkit to help social enterprises develop, and
- 20% of their time will be devoted to helping the Foundation in its other social enterprise support efforts.
Here is what previous participants Alexandra Daignault and Ziad Paracha have to say about the program (click here to learn more about them):
“Working on my venture, as a Trico summer student, was possibly the most impactful experience of my degree thus far. I received personalized support to help grow and deepen the impacts of my venture. As well, I had access to resources I never would have explored elsewhere. The coaching I received helped launch my venture into its next phase of development. It was a tremendous experience where I, as a social entrepreneur, grew and learned so much. I would highly recommend this opportunity to other students.”
“Summer with TCF was a fantastic opportunity where as an individual and a corporation we experienced growth from the continuous support of the TCF staff and network! There was much to learn and I personally gained a tremendous amount of skills that I can utilize in strategic decision making.”
Students have until January 26th, 2018 to apply and we are looking forward to welcoming another student to our team in 2018!
More About the Trico Charitable Foundation:
The Power of S x E:
Social entrepreneurship works best when ‘social’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ is blended so that market success and social impact mutually reinforce each other and become virtually indivisible. The results become so much more than the sum of their parts and new, boundary-pushing realities become possible. That is why Trico wants to move the conversation past “social + entrepreneurship” and on to “social x entrepreneurship”, or “S x E” for short. Read more here!