March 25th, 2010 The Background Story
In July, 2009, the United Nations hosted its first Global Ethics Forum in the search of how corporate social innovation can lead to sustainable development. Humans have become to question whether profit should drive free markets, or if perhaps there is another way to measure a business’s impact on society. Yet to date, students and young entrepreneurs have had few options to explore notions of corporate responsibility and social entrepreneurship.
Frustrated by the gap between passionate students and active social entrepreneurs in Vancouver, a few students finally sat down to address it. Over the course of their university careers, two of the founding members had experienced a huge change in perspective having met amazing local entrepreneurs and having both lived on the streets without food or shelter as part of a campaign for youth homelessness. They were tired of the traditional route that education was offering them and were eager to use the business skills they had learned to make a lasting impact on the community around them.
The result? The Social Entrepreneurship Experience.