Four Projects Awarded SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Funding

The SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund is a joint initiative of RADIUS and Embark Sustainability that supports radical change endeavours with social and environmental impact at their core. Funding amounts ranging from $200-$1000 are currently available for SFU graduate and undergraduate student social innovators. The deadline for the current round of funding – the last of the 2016-17 Seed Fund – is April 17, 2017 – apply now!
Four remarkable student initiatives were awarded funding in the third round of the SI Seed Fund. Read about them in their own words below:

Soap for Hope

Soap for Hope  is a non-profit social enterprise that collects and sanitizes gently used bar soaps from hotels and upcycles them into liquid hand soap. Partnered with Mission Possible and Hope for Freedom, we work towards providing wages and transitional work opportunities to marginalized individuals who help with production, all while diverting reusable materials from the waste stream.”
About the team:
The Soap for Hope team is comprised of SFU students that come from diverse backgrounds. Ranging from first-years to near graduates, we utilize our unique experiences to innovate creative solutions.

Find Soap for Hope online:
Twitter: @soapforhopeSFU
Facebook: /soapforhopeSFU
Instagram: @soapforhopesfu


Bright Ideas

At Bright Ideas we implore high school students to pursue their entrepreneurial idea, make a tangible difference in their community and to learn about the business world. Bright Ideas aims to showcase the diversity of our community, empower our youth, foster creativity and emphasize teamwork, all in a professional and engaging program.
About the team:
The program is run solely by SFU students beginning from the creation of the curriculum to the facilitation of every workshop. Each group of high school students will not only be mentored by industry professionals from the community and Beedie Alumni but will also be paired with an experienced Enactus SFU mentor throughout the program for guidance.

Bright Ideas is holding their Spring 2017 Final Showcase on April 1st – visit the Facebook event page to learn more or register here.
Find Bright Ideas online:

Team Phantom

Our mission is to inspire the innovators of next-generation electric vehicle technology. By building a Formula SAE Electric race car, we aim to provide SFU students with tangible experience in technical design and leadership. We strive to shape the story of sustainable transportation, a vital component of building vibrant communities and combating climate change and pollution.
About the team:
Team Phantom is an interdisciplinary group of over fifty committed SFU students across all faculties. We believe strongly in experiential learning, collaboration, and innovative design.
Find Team Phantom online: 


Refresh collects and utilizes excess food products and turns them into a variety of enjoyable culinary delights. The goal of the program is to provide an alternate future for excess groceries to prevent food wastage.
About the team: 
The Refresh team consists of 15 SFU undergraduate students who all share a passion for helping their community.
Find Refresh online:
FacebookWe wish all four projects the very best and look forward to hearing about their learnings along the way.
Do you need funding to get your idea off the ground? Visit the SFU Student Social Innovation Seed Fund page for deadlines, eligibility, and more!