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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.).
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SIVC's latest collaboration is a 'learning community' initiative with the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership and four other Laurier partners. Together we are working to strengthen and improve settlement and inclusion services is the Region of Waterloo. Read more about the learning community model and sign up for one of the project activities through the project page.

Current Programs

Start@SIVC
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.

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The SIVC initiative is generously supported by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation through their RECODE initiative.
SIVC is proud to partner with Ashoka Canada
We formally acknowledge that WLU is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples.