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Social Enterprise Incubator (SEI) Program

A multi-institutional, multi-phase program that matches youth with existing organizations and
community-embedded projects that have demonstrable impact.

Through entrepreneurial skills building and mentorship, students are guided to solve a unique challenge related to creating scaled and sustainable impact. The program emphasizes the personal growth of participants, captures the value of evidence-informed solutions to societal challenges, and advances nascent social enterprise initiatives to financial sustainability.

SEI Strives to:
Empower graduates to be agents of change through entrepreneurship
Build capacity for socially-driven organizations
Broaden engagement with social innovation across post-secondary institutions
Grow and strengthen a community of social entrepreneurs, establishing Alberta as a leader for social change in Canada


Student Clinics

Course-based, experiential learning opportunities for students.



Internships

Internships, or paid, time-bound engagements for students
to gain tactical knowledge related to social innovation
and social enterprise.


Graduate Work Contracts

Contracts, or paid, time-bound engagements for graduates to explore entrepreneurship
through the dissemination of evidence-informed solutions to complex problems.


Enterprise Support

Entrepreneurship skills training and enterprise development services.

 

Current Projects

An innovative option that enables seniors providing them with the choice of 'aging-in-place' in their community independently and with confidence.

ATTACH  

Attachment and Child Health (ATTACH) has developed an intervention program designed for mothers and co-parents suffering from toxic stress (depression, addiction, violence) who are unable to respond sensitively to their infants. 

Adapting the workplace to the gender dynamics of the 21st century. Diversity Leads curates programs for organizations that use gender as a lens to encourage leadership to develop proactive measures that will improve recruitment and retention, boost productivity, and build a healthier, more sustainable workplace.

An online survey platform offering free, evidence-based assessments that, when paired with workshops and facilitation, allow users to improve their leadership, teamwork, and organizational effectiveness. ITP Metrics strives to be an innovative platform for companies and universities to provide diagnostic feedback on individual and team performance.
Project SHINE (Sanitation and Hygiene Innovation in Education) works with youth and communities to help them find simple, low-tech ways to improve sanitation and hygiene to reduce diarrheal incidence in rural and remote settings. Advocating the use of empowering and non-stigmatizing approaches to motivate behavioral change. 
 TaBLex is a unique team-based learning (TBL) tool to facilitate the TBL experiential learning approach in the classroom. The user-friendly teaching and learning software was developed in collaboration with students and instructors. TaBLex provides real-time feedback on students' performance and can be used in tandem with other learning management systems. Methods for implementing TBL have traditionally been costly and time-consuming. TaBLex provides a solution that promotes the adoption of TBL in the classroom, offering more engaging student learning opportunities and enhancing educational outcomes.
An improvisation actor-based simulation curriculum to support physicians with patient-physician conflict. The SIMC5 project aims to help physicians prevent and navigate communication crises in a pediatric inpatient setting to improve patient wellness and the care of patients and their families.

Welcome to Parenthood provides support to expectant families so that babies can grow up healthy and strong. The expectant parents invite a trusted person from their own social network (i.e. mother, sister, friend) to walk alongside them as a mentor. Together they attend a two-hour educational session that focuses on how to support the brain development in new babies, along with learning about the mentor's role. Following the training, the expectant mother receives a Baby Kit with essential items for the new baby and mother.

The Welcome to Parenthood program also helps to increase the awareness of the importance of early brain development to life-long learning and health while strengthening the capacity of mentors as the family transitions from pregnancy to early parenthood. 

        

Agents of Change matches home buyers and sellers with their ideal real estate agent to ensure the best possible real estate experience - and we contribute an average of $1,500 through every transaction to empower home ownership for vulnerable populations at home and abroad.

Program Supporters

     

 

This initiative was made possible thanks in part to funding provided by the Government of Alberta.