Social Innovation and Venture Creation
Social Innovation and Venture Creation (SIVC) is closely aligned with Laurier’s mission of ‘inspiring lives of leadership and purpose.’ All across our campuses, exciting and meaningful projects are occurring through the energy and vision of inspired faculty, staff, students, and community partners. SIVC facilitates and supports ‘social ventures’ designed to address a complex social issue with sustainable, collaborative and impactful strategies and approaches. This work may include the creation of a social enterprise (for-profit, non-profit, co-op or other business model), a social innovation (technology, process, service, or concept), intrapreneurship (working from within an established framework to reconceive of and improve the outcomes and social benefits), or other approaches to sustainably improve or transform our social sphere for the better (e.g., advocacy, activism, policy work, knowledge sharing, etc.).
Training and support for social entrepreneurs through the Ontario Social Impact Voucher Program.
Neighbourhood Changemakers Program
A program for community residents interested in creating a social venture that will have a positive impact in their community.
Immigration Partnership Design Lab
A group where settlement service providers, students and faculty co-create innovative solutions for improving settlement and inclusion services in the Waterloo Region.