Bringing young leaders together to accelerate climate solutions.
Climate change is here and has far-reaching implications for us all. But while climate chaos impacts everyone, it’s experienced differently based on where people live and their socio-economic status, age, gender, race and culture. In Canada, changes in climate have already had devastating impacts on ecological, economic and human systems. We’re experiencing an increase in storm intensity, rising sea levels, storm surges, coastal erosion, and flooding from warming global temperatures.
We’re at a defining moment.
Mitigating and adapting to climate change requires our collective effort. It also requires fresh ideas, new energy and the unique perspectives of young climate leaders and innovators looking to build resiliency in our communities.
If you think like an entrepreneur and see opportunities to create something new, you’re in the right place!
EDGE’s Social Impact Catalyst powered by RBC Future Launch provides youth entrepreneurs with mentorship, expertise and funding as they develop solutions that support climate justice.
We’re looking for aspiring youth entrepreneurs in the Peel and Halton regions who have an idea, project or venture that seeks to tackle climate change and environmental sustainability.
“I’ve enjoyed the EDGE Social Impact Catalyst because it allowed me to form relationships with mentors and other young founders that are fighting for similar causes. It is such an enriching experience because of the in-depth education and resources you receive to turn your ideas into real-world action; from lessons with experts, the honorarium we receive and many perks available to members.”
— Maheen Iqbal, The Defiant Movement Graduate, Social Impact Catalyst Winter Cohort 2021
Building a more green, resilient and sustainable tomorrow.
In our current economy we take materials from the earth, manufacture products from them, and then throw them away as waste. The process is linear.
In a circular economy, we stop producing waste and keep commodities in use, either as products or as components or raw materials. This system encourages natural processes while providing greater room for nature to flourish.
Here’s how our current cohort is helping create a resilient system that’s good for business, people and the environment.
It is possible to slow down and reverse some of the damage to our planet.
We must act now.
The EDGE Social Impact Catalyst powered by RBC Future Launch seeks to convene, engage and connect young people as they take action on environmental challenges affecting their communities.
This program has been made possible with the generous support of RBC Future Launch, a proud partner of Sheridan and EDGE.
Ventures may focus on:
- Climate Change
- Environmental Sustainability
- Fast Fashion
- Plastic Waste
- Environmental Racism
- Environmental Defense
- Climate Justice
- Indigenous Climate Leadership
- Recycling, Reuse, Upcycling
- Renewable Energy
- Green Technologies and Infrastructure
- Water Resources (preservation and redistribution justice)
- Forest protection and management
- BIPOC communities impacted by climate change
“Through this program we learned how to access a lot of media attention. We also formed an advisory team of seven people, met with lawyers to move forward with incorporating our businesses, finished our feasibility study and held our first event. Because of the mentorship, I had accountability. I learned people management, offering feedback, developing processes, and yes, I had a 100% increase in confidence.”
— Ashleigh Montague, Blk Owned Hamont. Graduate, Social Impact Catalyst Summer Cohort 2021
To apply, you must be:
- 15-29 years of age
- Either living in Peel or Halton Regions or a Sheridan student/graduate
- Leading a project or venture (or have a compelling idea) that will positively impact Peel or Halton Regions
- Ready to take action on climate change and environmental sustainability
- Ready to commit to a 12-week program (approx. 5 hours per week) from May-August 2022
“This program has been a whirlwind in the best possible way. As someone who often gets stuck in the ideation phase, having mentors has helped me keep my goals prioritized. The sessions themselves have given me a sense of all the different moving parts that go into a business venture, and I’m excited to take them on one step at a time!”
— Priya Moraes, Outdoors for Everyone. Graduate, Social Impact Catalyst Winter Cohort 2021
Supportive Virtual Community
14-Week Incubation Program
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