The Social Enterprise Student Competition supports the next generation of social entrepreneurs by pairing students and recent graduates with business mentors to advise on social enterprise plans, turning student ideas into social enterprises.
Open to students and recent grads (three years from graduation) from all faculties of publicly funded Ontario colleges and universities, the Social Enterprise Student Competition is conducted in two rounds: the first an open call for preliminary business concepts and the second, 10 semi-finalists developing their ideas with a mentor and then pitching their business to a panel of judges in Toronto in March 2013.
Four awards of $20,000 CA will be provided to the winners in order to assist in the development of their social enterprises.
2012 Social Enterprise Student Competition at Discovery12
The 2012 Social Enterprise Student competition was conducted in two rounds: the first an open call for preliminary business plans and the second, 10 finalists developing their ideas with a mentor and then pitching their business to a panel of judges at OCE's Discovery 12 on May 14-15 in Toronto. The judges awarded:
$25,000 to first-place winner
University of Toronto
$10,000 to second-place winner
$5,000 to third-place winners
Jaelin Lee and George Patrick Montgomery
, Biopower Canada
University of Ottawa