Impact Week is a series of events brought to you in collaboration between 9 UBC-based clubs and centres. We have the common goal of bringing to the forefront the most urgent issues of today: climate, poverty, inequality, and health.
This year, the UBC Social Enterprise Club took part through three events: Poverty Alleviation (Day 2), Innovation Jam (Day 3), and the Innovative Society (Day 4).
Poverty Alleviation was brought by UBC Social Enterprise Club, UBC Sauder Philanthropy Program, and the CUS Commerce Community Program. Students participated in an interactive workshop featuring entrepreneurs and professionals using a business approach to alleviating poverty: through financial inclusion, technology, and public policy.
Innovation Jam, a flagship SEC event, is a friendly case competition held in partnership with Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub. Six social ventures were selected to present business challenges to a group of intelligent and ambitious change-makers.
The Innovative Society combined the catalyzing energy of IdeasXChange and the UBC Social Enterprise Club to send off Impact Week in a combined session of networking and learning. Participating students met like-minded individuals and interacted with expert changemakers in the areas of technology, business, and education.
This event will bring together a wide range of students of all UBC faculties. We are working on the theme of Speed Dating in which the platform is created where 2-3 students get a “speed dating” session with different social entrepreneurs. Through this interaction students will learn more about the diversity of social enterprise, the vision behind each enterprise, and be empowered and inspired in the process. The event will be a cross-disciplinary exposition of social enterprises, social innovation, and sustainability-related professionals.
The event will start off with a team building ice breaker where the speakers will be matched in groups with the students to build a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows. The point of the icebreaker is not only to introduce the students to speakers and make them feel comfortable in the environment but also to illustrate the importance of experimentation and keeping an open mind. With the speed dating we will open the students minds to the variety of social enterprises. This will lead them to keep their minds open for the next event the “create your own venture.”
The students will then be split up into groups of 2 or 3, and will go to a station to meet their social entrepreneur. There will be a booth crawl where students have to collect a signature to be entered into a raffle when they have completed their crawl. The students will be at each booth for only 4 minutes.