create Canada's first idea accelerator for young social entrepreneursYoung Social Entrepreneurs of Canada (YSEC)


Competed in
Cycle 1


  • Accelerate 20 high-potential social ventures to launch
  • Produce 20 Canadian success stories of change-makers
  • Boost Canada's innovation infrastructure for social change
  • Connect worthy ideas to investors

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Our country just got a D grade in innovation from the Conference Board of Canada. 
We think that's a problem. Young social entrepreneurs are the solution. 

In March 2011, we're going to launch Canada's first accelerator for young people with good ideas for social change

In a nutshell:

  1. Find Canada's most promising youth-driven start-ups & bring them to one place
  2. Sharpen their plans with Canada's brightest minds in business & innovation
  3. Have them demonstrate to dozens of investors and get seed capital!

What kind of ideas are we looking for?

  • Renewable energies, cleantech, microfinance, housing solutions, and the list goes on. We're looking for products or services that can benefit thousands and be game-changing for their target cause. 

How do we know it'll work?

  •  We're modelling it after successful incubators abroad like Techstars, SeedCamp & Y-Combinator; 70% of their start-ups have gotten investments.

How will the $100K be used?

$ 100,000 space, advisor travel fees, marketing, staffing, video

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