Undergraduate and graduate students are paired with startups in the social impact space; this helps build student confidence and entrepreneurial thinking skills while building capacity for participating social ventures. CATALYZE aims to support social enterprise startups to meet mission-critical milestones while providing youth with a transformative working experience.

Students will partner with social enterprises to support in several key areas including:

  • Business/Fund development
  • Financial modeling
  • Market research and segmentation
  • Marketing and communications
  • Product/Service design and development
  • Strategic planning

The 2021 cohort will run from May 3 to August 27 and requires a student time commitment of 20 hours per week (part-time stream) or 35 hours per week (full-time stream) .

Funding and support

  • Up to $10,000 student stipend for the full-time stream; minimum $5,800 stipend for part-time stream.
  • Weekly coaching, mentorship, and workshops on key areas of entrepreneurship and social enterprise, including:
    • Customer discovery
    • Business model canvas development
    • Human-centered design
    • Customer mapping
    • Financial models for social enterprise.

All work will be delivered remotely using platforms such as Zoom, Slack, and Google Drive.

Ideal candidates are those who are entrepreneurially-inclined with a passion for social impact.

Candidates must be:

  • Legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students at a post-secondary institution (undergraduate or graduate program);
  • Able to participate in the program from May 3 to August 27, 2021.

Students from any faculty/discipline are encouraged to apply.

Selection of Participants
Program participants are selected based on their alignment with participating social ventures, the set of skills they bring to the organization they are matched with, and their demonstrated interest in social enterprise or social innovation.  

This is a competitive application, and interviews will be scheduled as qualified applications are received.

Applications are currently closed.

Questions? Connect with Philip Grace at




Thank you to our sponsors!

This summer’s cohort is made possible by the generous support of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Venture for Canada.