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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Winding your way through cool Social Entrepreneurship Option courses, you will have been inspired by studying transformative social enterprises around the world and you will have learned the mechanics of developing a social venture. You will even have met some amazing social entrepreneurs. SE400, the capstone course in Social Entrepreneurship, is completely different once again; here you become a social entrepreneur! Social Entrepreneurship faculty members, who are also seasoned social entrepreneurs, will be your coaches as you set up your own social enterprise – an enterprise that will generate social impact and might even become your future career.

Collaboration is key, which is why SE400 begins with a class canoe-trip down the Grand River. We visit local social enterprises and you will have the best “Dragon’s Den” experiences you can imagine as you promote your grand idea. Most of all, you will have launched a successful and sustainable social enterprise. Are you ready?

Others have successfully gone before you. Here are six selected social enterprises from recent years:

  • massage ü: A collaboration with a massage therapy school to bring affordable massages to students on campus.
  • Doodle Break: Stress-reducing art and craft workshops on campus and in your place of business.
  • PONTIO: A social media app to match student volunteers (high school and university) with organizations providing volunteer opportunities.
  • Oasis Lion Sanctuary: A caring home for zoo-discarded lions.
  • Baked by Chelsea: A socially engaged cake bakery.
  • Something Golden: Used furniture and clothing recovery, reuse and re-sell during student transitions (e.g., move in/out).

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