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A Social Enterprise is any company that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being. According to Jed Emerson, “it is not financial OR social, it is financial AND social. It is the simultaneous achievement of both economic and social values.”
CUA Social Enterprise for a Day is a collaborative event focused on creating positive change in our communities. Students will learn about entrepreneurship and create their own social enterprise. All proceeds raised as a result of student designed social enterprises will be donated to a local Halifax charity (TBA).
DAY 1: Students learn about social enterprise from industry experts and special guest and keynote speakers. The evening wraps up with an enthusiastic speech to motivate students as they endeavor to create a social enterprise of their own.
DAY 2: Morning: Students add the finishing touches to their newly created social enterprise. Afternoon: Students, facilitators and coaches “hit the streets” of Halifax to sell their business idea. Students regroup at The Mount to share the success of their day.
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Social Enterprise for a Day (SE4D) was held on January 26 and 27, 2017 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Social enterprises are created to solve or influence social objectives or issues at many levels – local, national and international. Social enterprises do not force a choice between economic and social benefits. Rather, they can focus on both. Individuals who create and operate social enterprises are called social entrepreneurs. They dream big and aspire to create a better world for tomorrow. A social enterprise has a “socially purposed” mandate and that is what differentiates it from a regular enterprise. More than 80 Mount students attended this two day event and participated in a simulated short-term activity that required them to develop, plan, and implement a social activity within HRM for day two of the event. The event was headlined by a panel of social entrepreneurs who spoke passionately to the students about their own enterprises and how they were making a difference in our communities.
Panel members included:
Jessie Doyle from FruitionJenny Kierstead from Breathing Space YogaSarah Wilson from Homeward Bound City Pound
Lindsay Cross from CUA also spoke to the students about the importance of social entrepreneurship.
Watch the expert panel on YouTube
The pictures tell the story! We had 8 groups of students actively engaged in the planning and execution of their ideas and students came from many different cultures and countries which only enhanced the learning experience. Ideas ranged from a group of 5 students who just happened to all be from a different country providing language lessons in their native language, a balloon pop with inspirational messages, cards to Syrian refugees with hand written messages, to student musicians in the street spreading the message of inclusion. Over $1300 was raised in the selling of these ideas with all monies going to the Syrian Refugees. Students gave a debrief at the end of the 2 day event and the enthusiasm for the friendships that developed and the knowledge about social entrepreneurship was astounding.
Watch the video highlights on YouTube Watch our day in photos on Flickr
Read our success story published in The Metro News featuring the efforts of one team of students participating in the SE4D event and read the highlights from the Mount Media Centre.
DAY 1: Students learned about social enterprise from an industry expert panelMarie-France LeBlanc - CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Halifax Nova ScotiaSean Coutinho - Owner ‘Such a Teas’, Halifax Nova Scotia Sarah Andrews - Owner, SattVa Boutique, Halifax Nova Scotia and special guest from CUA, VP of Member Services, Scott Durling.
Keynote speaker, Chris Webb, wrapped up the evening with an enthusiastic speech to motivate students as they endeavored to create a social enterprise of their own. Students were provided support from Gold Sponsor and partner, The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) and Community Partner, Centre for Community Entrepreneurship Education (CEED). Dinner was provided by the generous support of CUA.DAY 2: Morning: Students added the finishing touches to their newly created social enterprise and enjoyed a lunch provided by The Centre for Women in Business. Afternoon: Students, facilitators and coaches “hit the streets” of Halifax to sell their business idea. Students regrouped at The Mount to share the success of their day and enjoyed a coffee break sponsored by KPMG.
The two-day event is fast, fun and focused. Volunteers from local agencies, social enterprises and educational institutions team up with participating students to help create each social enterprise.
SE4D 2015 Highlights
The Social Enterprise for a Day video is an inspiring video that highlights examples of how businesses can be used to contribute to social change. Guest speakers include:
Elizabeth Church, Vice President Academic, MSVUSimon d'Entremont, Economic and Rural Development and TourismBen Barry, Ben Barry Agency Inc.Tim Bissell, SEEDMorgan Whitman, Morgan Marketing