Student Social Innovation Projects are initiatives, ventures, products, programs or processes intended to create positive social, economic or environmental transformation for SFU and/or its communities.
The Social Innovation Seed Fund provides financial support to help get your project off the ground. The funding is offered in partnership by RADIUS and Embark and is inspired by our shared mission to advance the sustainability of SFU and its communities.
To ensure that this generation of young people are equipped with the support and tools they need to address complex social and sustainability challenges, the fund was created to unlock the potential and seed the development of social innovation projects by SFU students. Further, it is also intended to contribute to the development of a robust social innovation zone at SFU, enhancing student access to early stage financial support and accelerating the development of sustainable innovations and student social innovators emerging from SFU.
RADIUS SFU, Embark, and the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship are teaming up to provide seed funding for exceptional ideas that help shift our economy towards equity, sustainability, and resilience during COVID-19.
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All students from across SFU are encouraged to apply for the Seed Fund. A primary team member must be an active student at SFU or a recent alumni (i.e. within six months of their convocation date).
Please keep in mind that:
The Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship has generously contributed an additional $5,000 for SFU student projects that indirectly or directly address systemic issues exacerbated by COVID-19. This includes but is not limited to:
Not sure if your idea fits? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Applications open on Wednesday, April 29th for 4 weeks and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee co-led by Embark and RADIUS according to the following criteria:
General Social Innovation Seed Funding:
Round 1: October 13, 2019
Round 2: November 24, 2019
Round 3: February 9, 2020
Round 4: May 8, 2020
Covid-19 Community Relief Funding: May 20, 2020