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Scotiabank blazes trail to campus-wide social entrepreneurship

RADIUS – RADical Ideas, Useful to Society – is SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator. Sparked by Beedie School of Business adjunct professor Shawn Smith in 2013, RADIUS supports several programs that encourage students and community members to collaboratively address pressing global issues by generating sustainable solutions. Some current RADIUS initiatives include:

  • Exploring inclusive economic development in Vancouver’s inner city 
  • Establishing a national conference focused on building the future of education 
  • Developing an intensive fellowship program for emerging social impact leaders in British Columbia

The rapid rise and success of RADIUS is due in part to the incredible support of its donors. Most recently, Canada’s international bank, Scotiabank, shared its commitment to education by providing a $1 million gift from its philanthropic program. The funds from Scotiabank will support scholarly awards and experiential learning opportunities for business students.

In addition, a portion of the donation will help establish a Social Innovation Challenge for SFU that competitively brings together students from all faculties across the university to create far-reaching, entrepreneurial solutions to specific issues such as food security, education or sustainable economies.

For more information: http://www.radiussfu.com