The Sandbox

The Sandbox is a unique opportunity for Guelph and Wellington organizations to team up with two graduate level students to help develop a high impact social enterprise. These students are enrolled in a specialized social enterprise program where they receive weekly training by our team of experts and come ready to partner with you as you build your plan and launch your social enterprise.

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THE SANDBOX

A collaboration between the John F. Wood Centre and the Guelph Lab

Are you looking for support launching a social enterprise idea? Would you like to work with University of Guelph students?

CONTACT US EXPRESSING YOUR INTEREST TODAY: woodcentre@uoguelph.ca

The Sandbox is a unique opportunity for Guelph and Wellington organizations to team up with two graduate level students to help develop a high impact social enterprise. These students are enrolled in a specialized social enterprise program where they receive weekly training by our team of experts and come ready to partner with you as you build your plan and launch your social enterprise.

IN THE SANDBOX YOU WILL:

  • Work directly with two gradute students to tackle your social enterprise plan (Business Model Canvas Support & Theory of Change) plus other deliverables agreed upon between the students and your ogranization
  • Students work between 10-15 hours per week with your organization
  • Have access to our in house experts who directly coach the students and can also support your team on all things social enterprise

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Program runs from November 2022 to Februray 2023. Each student is expected to complete 10-15 hours of work per week during the program. 
  • The Sandbox includes workshops, project work and coaching. Workshops introduce students to the fundamentals of social enterprise development. Students apply insights from their learning to support the development of a social enterprise through their project with the community partner. Expert coaches support the students’ project work.
  • Is there a cost? We invite community partners to contribute to program costs on a sliding scale, up to $3600 per project.  Partners are asked to contribute what is financially possible given their circumstances.  This allows for the sustainable operation of the Sandbox, specifically the stipends paid to students.  (The Sandbox is not a for credit course and as such, every Sandbox students receives a stipend.  The stipend recognizes the value of each student's work and is designed to reduce financial barriers to participation.  The stipend is informed by the living wage rate for Guelph.
  • Each student will receive a stipend. The stipend recognizes the value of each student’s work and is designed to reduce financial barriers to participation. The stipend is informed by the living wage rate for Guelph.
  • We invite community partners to contribute to these costs, which allows for the sustainable operation of the Sandbox. A sliding scale is in place and not-for-profits, charitable organizations, and early stage start-ups are asked to contribute what is financially possible given their circumstances.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send us an email expressing interest in this program (woodcentre@uoguelph.ca).  We will then set-up a short call to discuss your social enterprise idea and explain more about the progoram.  If the program is a fit we will direct you here to submit a detailed application form.

We will be making decisions early summer 2022. 

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Information for Student Participants

The Sandbox is a unique opportunity for graduate students to work directly with local organizations to develop high impact social enterprises.

In the Sandbox, you will:

  • Work directly with local community organizations to tackle real-world challenges

  • Get hands-on experience validating and launching a social enterprise idea

  • Learn fundamentals of social enterprise development and community engagement

  • Receive a $2400 stipend

ABOUT THE HUB SANDBOX

The Sandbox is a chance to learn how to launch and grow a social enterprise while making a positive impact in the Guelph-Wellington community. You will work closely with a local community organization to identify business opportunities, assess their viability, and launch a new social or environmental initiative. Never considered business and social enterprise before? The Sandbox is designed for graduate students in any program. Click here to read about the Sandbox team that helped launch the “Upcycle Kitchen.

This year we will be teaming up with four amazing local organizations, each with a brilliant social enterprise idea.

Students will work in teams of two.  Each 2-person team will work with one of the community partners.

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Program starts in September and ends mid February. Each student is expected to complete between 5-10 hours per week during the program. 
  • The Sandbox includes workshops, project work and coaching. Workshops introduce students to the fundamentals of social enterprise development. Students apply insights from their learning to support the development of a social enterprise through their project with the community partner. Expert coaches support the students’ project work.  
  • Workshops will take place each week in September and October and then you will apply that knowledge as you begin work with your community partner in November
  • Throughout the Fall, the student teams will be directly involved in a range of entrepreneurial activities, from developing business models, doing “customer discovery” and other market research, to marketing and business development.  
  • Each student will receive a $2400 stipend. The stipend recognizes the value of each student’s work and is designed to reduce financial barriers to participation. The stipend is informed by the living wage rate for Guelph.  

HOW TO APPLY

Your application should include:  

  1. Your resume or LinkedIn profile  
  1. A cover letter. The letter should describe your relevant experience, and why you want to learn about social enterprise development 
  1. Your top two (2) projects (e.g., My first choice = Better Food Co. Second choice = Toward Common Ground). Note: Students will be matched to projects based on a combination of their skills, experience, and preferences. You may not get your first choice.  

Submit your application to Sam Laban, slaban@uoguelph.ca  

Applications Open: July 2022

Applications Close: August 2022

Interviews for successful candidates will take place in August 2022