The Ideation Program helps social and collective impact-driven individuals better understand what they are attempting to solve.
What You Gain
Whether you’re focusing on education, health, environment, culture, or any other social issue, this program is the perfect springboard to help you have a world-changing impact while simultaneously keeping your social mission as a top priority.
Workshops to acquire knowledge & skills
Community Peer Sessions & Networking Events
State-of-the-art Workspace & Labs
We were introduced to innovative mapping frameworks to better assess the severity of sand disappearance as a global problem. This enabled us to determine the best way forward to develop a solution to positively impact the environment.
William Guinaudie & Eva Luna Tirard, Co-founders, SandStories
An immersive program that pushes you to test your assumptions to better hone your idea, while growing with your peers.
Access to coaches and experts for guidance and the most relevant knowledge to acquire the necessary competencies to succeed.
Events and networking opportunities for you to grow your network and find the right people to build your social impact business.
Coaches & Mentors
Social Innovation Coach, District 3
Communication, marketing and digital expert, Marie Custeau took a leap into the entrepreneurial world in 2015 by creating Énamour – a skincare brand that is sold in several countries both on its e-commerce platform and in B2B. Sharing is at the heart of Énamour, which donates one percent of its revenues to the Women’s Centre of Montreal.
For the past 15 years, Marie has also managed digital projects on the client-side, with Radio-Canada and others, and with agencies like Cossette in Montreal and McCann in Sydney, Australia, where she lived for 3 years. Marie is particularly interested in the areas of customer experience and brand image. She is also very sensitive to the aspects of corporate culture and values and well-being at work.
Marie studied public relations at the University of Montreal and museology techniques at Cégep Montmorency. She recently took a course on sustainable management at Université Laval.
Social Innovation Coach, District 3
Julie Hamel (MBA) is a senior business advisor with over 25 years of experience. She began her career as an entrepreneur before becoming a social economy advisor in 2006. She successfully managed many fast-food franchises through the 90s before becoming the general manager of a major private non-profit golf course. Her range of expertise includes among others, marketing, operations, and business development. For the past ten years, her social preoccupation has led her to invest most of her time and energy in the field of social economy, including helping dozens of non-profit organizations. Julie has been involved with Concordia’s District 3 since 2015 as the Social Entrepreneurship Coach.
Co-Founder, Lean for Flourishing
Combining experience with her strong entrepreneurial skills and ability to build successful enterprises in emerging markets, Ondine has always aimed to affect positive change within her community and industry through business. She is a highly creative and innovative business developer and strategist, having started six successful organizations over two decades. Ondine can turn ideas into revenue generating socially focused businesses and has successfully managed this process from creation to established entity.
Ondine is the co-founder of Lean4Flourishing, a social enterprise focused on designing Flourishing Business Model Innovation accelerators, incubators, and startup programs. She is a social impact coach at District 3, Concordia University, providing specialized coaching, mentorship and development of social enterprises. In addition to District 3, Ondine in heavily involved in the startup ecosystem, providing coaching and mentoring for several notable organizations such as: Innoweave Social Enterprise Coach, LEF Business Mentor, Futrepreneur Mentor, Startup Weekend mentor, McGill Dobson Cup judge Mentor, SLASA mentor, InnoCite MTL Mentor, Startup Day Canada Mentor, YES Montreal Mentor.
Consultant, Co-op Interface
Eric Steedman has over 20 years experience as a consultant and entrepreneur, having developed, launched and managed a variety of projects, both for and non-profit. Eric’s expertise is largely focused on solving business challenges, including business planning, market research, and organizational and financing strategies. A big-picture thinker with a keen eye for detail, Eric is never afraid to dig deep for the key answers to client’s questions. Known for his big smile and polite charm, Eric works closely with clients to see their visions of impactful and innovative projects come to fruition. After starting his career in responsible investment management in New York City, Eric returned to Montreal to complete an MBA at McGill. Eric holds an M.Phil in politics from the University of Glasgow, and a Honours BA in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.
The program is for individuals or teams exploring a social or environmental problem and are willing to commit 5 hours per week.
The deadline to join the Winter 2022 Cohort is January 7, 2022, and the start date of the program is in mid-January.
Note that it may take up to 2 weeks after you submitted an application to receive a response. We will notify you whether your application has been accepted or rejected. Upon successful completion of the Ideation for Social Innovation Program, you may be eligible to apply to join District 3’s Validation program.
The Ideation for Social Innovation program is 5 weeks long.
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