Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate student Tim Lipp and Project Stoke for being accepted into the Social Impact Incubator at the University of Waterloo beginning May 2016. Tim Lipp is one of the team members of Project Stoke, an ambitious project that supplies Top Lift Up-Draft Quad stoves to villages in Kenya which delivers on key deliverables including health, skill development, empowerment, environment and sustainability.
Wendelin Fraser, MRU Associate Professor and key advisor for Project Stoke reports: “Tim and his partner, fellow MRU student Paisley Dressler, have been “key to the success of this Mount Royal student initiative these past six months and as a result, this project won the Western Regional Challenge for Entrepreneurial Projects. Tim and his team will present their work at the National Enactus Exposition in Toronto, this coming May.”
For Tim, this opportunity at Waterloo will help further Project Stoke and further hone his entrepreneurial and innovative spirit:
The University of Waterloo writes that their Social Impact Incubator is the:
“first and only live-in campus-linked accelerator in Canada focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship. We believe the live-in model enhances the acceleration of startups and social change initiatives. ”
Students in GreenHouse receive the following support:
- Dedicated space that fosters creativity and collaboration
- Weekly programming to help students conceive an idea that tackles a pressing environmental or social problem along with testing, launching and measuring the impact of their idea.
- Mentorship from entrepreneurs as well as consultation with professionals in areas such as: sales, legal, finance and communications.
- Peer-to-peer support
from like-minded, passionate people representing all six faculties.
- Access to startup funding in the form of grants and social financing opportunities
“The activities at St, Paul’s GreenHouse, University of Waterloo directly align with the University of Waterloo’s vision to be “recognized as a uniquely entrepreneurial university that applies innovative approaches to technology, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship in ways that create recognizable impact both in economic growth and improving the human condition.”
Congratulations Tim and enjoy your summer at Waterloo!