Flurry of social entrepreneurship initiatives at Canadian universities

October 23, 2013

The Globe and Mail reports on a recent flux of “social entrepreneurs,” those who are contributing to society while making money, in its Canadian University Report. Universities are adding courses and programs, and creating incubators to support these entrepreneurs. Last spring, Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business set up an interdisciplinary social innovation lab and venture incubator called RADIUS, at which students across campus develop and market “radical ideas, useful to society.” McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management’s Social Economy Initiative introduced an elective in social entrepreneurship and social innovation, and has plans to add more undergraduate courses. The Greenhouse program, based at uWaterloo’s St. Paul’s University College, allows students who have an idea for environmental or social-justice change to work together and with mentors to take their idea to the next level. Globe and Mail