Ideation for Social Innovation

Make a Tangible Social Impact

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

Our Program

Cohort-Based Learning

An immersive program that pushes you to test your assumptions to better hone your idea, while growing with your peers.

Expert Support

Access to coaches and experts for guidance and the most relevant knowledge to acquire the necessary competencies to succeed.

Community Access

Events and networking opportunities for you to grow your network and find the right people to build your social impact business.

Coaches & Mentors

Julie Hamel, Social Innovation Coach, District 3
Julie Hamel
Balsam by District 3, Social Innovation Coach
Julie Hamel, Balsam by District 3, Social Innovation Coach
Julie Hamel
Balsam by District 3, Social Innovation Coach

Balsam by District 3, Social Innovation Coach

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.


What is the eligibility criteria for the Ideation for Social Innovation Program?

The program is for individuals or teams exploring a social or environmental problem and are willing to commit 5 hours per week.

When is the deadline for applications and the program start date? When would I receive an answer?

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.

How long is the program?

The Ideation for Social Innovation program is 5 weeks long.

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