SEE Collaborative – Social Entrepreneurship Evolution de l’entrepreneuriat social

A number of organizations and individuals across Northern Ontario will be working collaboratively in developing networks and tools needed for youth to launch social enterprises i.e. initiatives aimed to address social problems by utilizing business strategies. NORDIK and the North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corp are co-leading the three year Ontario Trillium Foundation funded project and invite organizations and youth interested in this field to join in. Research team: Katie Elliott, Shannon Moan, Mélanie Watson and Dr. Gayle Broad. Read more

About SEE

Who Are We

Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE) is an emergent pan-northern collaborative whose focus is to support the infrastructure for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) with an emphasis on collaboration, shared measurement and collective impact.

SEE is a three-year project, lead by NORDIK Institute and its various regional partners that focuses on building a sustainable network by providing supports, setting up connections, sharing resources, building capacities, engaging youth, using community-based research methods, and promoting social entrepreneurship and the benefits it can bring to Northern Ontario.

Funding for the program is being delivered through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Future Fund 2012-2013 Program and will be used over three years to create spaces for YSE and practitioners to communicate, network, and learn from one another as well as to establish a sustainable organization. SEE is one of seven organizations/initiatives across Ontario to receive this funding.

How We Work

SEE is a collaboration of over 30 diverse partners across Northern Ontario governed by a Stewardship Group of active individuals/organizations.

SEE is committed to using a community engagement strategy with a bottom-up approach through public dialogue, action research, relationship building and partnerships, and a collaborative governance model and structure (constellation model).

Within the constellation model of collaboration, SEE works to promote community change and innovation and address cultural, linguistic and geographical barriers, like those that exist in Northern Ontario.

The 3-year collaborative will work alongside regional partners to:

  • Support innovative youth and their communities interested in making social, environmental and economic change with social entrepreneurship;
  • Connect youth, mentors, funders, services providers and other resources from across the region to establish a sustainable infrastructure for social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Why We're Here

Northern Ontario’s resource based economy is undergoing significant changes due to global restructuring resulting in social and economic destabilization. Currently, 16 per cent of young people in the region are unemployed. Youth out-migration continues to be an issue for smaller remote communities and the demographics have shifted to a higher Indigenous youth population.

Social entrepreneurship is a natural draw for innovative youth who are looking for a creative way to earn a living while also making a positive change in their communities. It is a way to reduce dependency on traditional sources of funding, empower organizations to finance their sustainability and encourage innovation.

Our Theory of Change

Here is SEE's Theory of Change (pdf).

Contact Us

Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE) works with youth, mentors, funders, organizations, community members and partners in communities across Northern Ontario. For more information, you can get in touch with us in one of the following ways:

Sign up for our updates and get involved with the movement of social innovation and entrepreneurship by heading over to our website

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Get in touch with us, either by telephone or e-mail, in person or mail.

Sault Ste. Marie Office:

NORDIK Institute – Algoma University
1520 Queen St. E. | Sault Ste. Marie, P6A 2G4
Phone: (705) 949-2301 ext. 4222

For media and press inquiries, please feel free to contact Jude Ortiz, Research Coordinator, at or 705-949-2301 ext. 4222.

This project is proudly supported by:Ontario Trillium Foundation

As an emergent collaborative working alongside youth aged 13-35 and their Northern Ontario communities, Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE) provides programs and services as guided by and in collaboration with regional organizations and community members.

We try to ensure that our programs are available to people across the north and not duplicating other services that are already available in the region, instead connecting people to those existing services.

We provide programs and services that help Northern Ontario’s youth develop and apply their entrepreneurial spirit while working with purpose to tackle social, environmental and economic challenges in the community.

Current Programs and Services:

Urban Indigenous Youth for Change

The Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) pilot project will provide an in-depth opportunity to teach and learn from urban Indigenous youth how to incorporate cultural and land based learning with different types of entrepreneurship education, leading to increased and diverse participation in the social economy.

The project will provide an opportunity to modify and up-scale social economy education and approaches so that developed programming can be used in other communities.

All programming will be mindful of cultural and spiritual teachings and the deep historical trauma that still affects indigenous communities today.

Participants will co-design the curriculum and co-deliver workshops to other Indigenous youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

SENO CoStarter for Change

Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario (SENO) CoStarter for Change supports the development of early-stage, high-growth social enterprises in Northern Ontario by offering social entrepreneurs access to capital, educational and support programs, workspace, and other services to help launch and grow their non-profit and for-profit ventures.

In 2013, Ontario launched the Social Enterprise Strategy. The Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF) is one of the key commitments to that strategy, supporting 11 social finance projects throughout the province. $4 million contribution that has leveraged $6 million in private investment. Social Enterprise Northern Ontario (SENO), a collaboration led by PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is one on the successful social finance projects, receiving $250,000.00 for two years.

Please fill out the form below to demonstrate your intent to apply for SENO CoStarter for Change. Once we receive your form of intent, you will be contacted in order to continue your application process.

If you are interested in applying for the SENO CoStarter for Change program, please download the Application package, the Required criteria and milestones toolkit and the Self-assessment toolkit below!

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