Support the 2018 Social Innovation Challenge
Thanks to the generous support of our alumni, we raised $12,500 prize money for our 2017 Social Innovation Challenge (May 4-5, 2017). Read about the Social Innovation Challenge winners.
We are now turning our mind to next year's Social Innovation Challenge. We hope to raise $5000-$10,000 in prize money to help our dedicated students take the next step with their community economic development projects.
About the Social Innovation Challenge
For the past three years, the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development has run a Social Innovation Challenge in the final week of our 8-month, intensive leadership development program.
The challenge is a “collab-etiton” in which students collaborate on rapid prototyping and project design, pitching the top projects to a panel of judges. The judges choose projects with that demonstrated ongoing viability, real social benefit, and the most impact on community economies.
In past years, winning pitches have received cash prizes ranging from $1000 to $12,000. This funding has had ongoing impact as these brilliant ideas have grown into thriving projects in their communities.
Some of the previous Social Innovation Challenge winners include Courtenay Hare for the Calgary Tool Library, Jennifer Zickerman, for the Lower Mainland Herb Growers Co-operative and Lindsay Luhnau, Calgary Seniors Aging in Place Co-operative.
The SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development has awarded over $100,000 in bursaries in the last nine years. One hundred per cent of these bursaries have been funded by credit unions in B.C. and Alberta. Many beneficiaries of these bursaries have not only improved their financial circumstances, but have also made positive contributions in their communities.