Cultivating Young Social Entrepreneurs

Change inc., co-led by Public Policy Forum and TakingITGlobal with lead support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, seeks to expand and motivate youth in developing imaginative social change initiatives in their communities by building entrepreneurial skills among youth aged 16-25.


While traditional business and entrepreneurship programming is available to many high school and postsecondary students, there is little education on social entrepreneurship. As you know well, social entrepreneurship is occupying an increasingly significant place in Ontario’s economy, and therefore, there is an increasing need to address the gaps in learning and application.  Change inc. will focus on interactive learning experiences, skills development, group projects, dialogue, idea exchange and mentorship between aspiring and established social entrepreneurs as a means to encourage this development in Ontario.


Change inc. begins in September 2011 and is comprised of:

  • Five one-day, in-person workshops on social entrepreneurship for university and college students in the cities of Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay, Waterloo, Ottawa, and Hamilton.
  • An e-course on social entrepreneurship for 100 high school students across Ontario.
  • An 8-week e-mentoring program beginning in winter 2012 for the workshop and e-course participants that are interested/qualify.

For more information, please go to the Change Inc.