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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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Dr. Peter Mombourquette began the evening with an explanation of What Social Enterprise is.
Followed by Lindsay Cross CUA and Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise Expert Panel
Jessie Doyle from Fruition Jenny Kierstead from Breathing Space Yoga Sarah Wilson from Homeward Bound City Pound
Watch the session on YouTube 6:45 – 10:00 PM Breakout Rooms, Developing and Planning Your Social Enterprise
9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration 9:30 – 11:30 AM Breakout Rooms, Final Planning 11:30 – 11:45 AM Lunch 12:00 – 3:00 PM “Hit the Streets” With Your Social Enterprise 3:00 - 3:30 PM Travel Back to the Mount 3:30 – 5:00 PM Debrief and Hot Chocolate
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