THUNDER BAY – Do you have an idea for making Thunder Bay a better place to live? Would that idea also create a profit and be self-sustaining? If so, the United Church of Canada wants to help you get started. They call it the Social Innovation Challenge.
Thunder Bay’s version of the Challenge takes place at Trinity United Church on Waverley Street . Anyone with an idea for a social business can register to deliver a 60-second pitch.
The participants vote for the top ten projects to move on and everyone spends the rest of the day working with mentors to develop sustainable business plans for those projects.
The challenge concludes with the innovators making a pitch to a panel of judges, who award over $5000 in prize money to the winners.
I see the Innovation Challenge as a unique opportunity to use market mechanisms to solve social problems”, says Reverend Randy Boyd, the minister at Trinity United.
The Social Innovation Challenge’s open-call criteria allow for a wide variety of ideas to be pitched as well as innovators with no experience to participate. Participation is free.
To learn how you can get involved click the link: The Social Innovation Challenge