Innovating for social good
OCE is helping breathe new life into the innovation ecosystem with the unveiling of a new program that speaks directly to nonprofits, social enterprises and social purpose businesses.
Innovative minds are being applied to causes that count.
Understanding the importance of innovation in the development of new ideas, products, services and processes to address tough social and environmental challenges, OCE is now playing a key role in nurturing cross-sector partnerships and entrepreneurial spirit in this emerging sector.
In 2011, OCE launched the Social Innovation program. In partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the program focuses on three strategic areas; health improvement, environment and sustainability; and poverty alleviation.
OCE held a Social Innovation Partnership Challenge Forum in each area attracting an impressive cross-section of close to 250 leaders from the not-for-profit, social enterprise, academic and industry sectors. The forums created networking opportunities and helped identify projects suitable for further development via an Expression of Interest.
At the Social Enterprise Student Competition at Discovery 12 OCE 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