Fuelling social innovation and entrepreneurship in
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RECODE provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change.


Launched in 2014, RECODE is an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, created in collaboration with thought leaders and partners from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

What RECODE Strives For

RECODE is a call to social innovation—to redesign public institutions from the inside out; to disrupt business as usual; to found and grow new social enterprises; to create partnerships across institutional and sectoral boundaries - in short, to ‘RECODE’ our culture’s operating systems in order to achieve a more just, sustainable, and beautiful world.

RECODE’s Goals

  1. Support the development of ‘ecologies’ of social innovation and entrepreneurship within and in proximity to colleges and universities, along with business, community and public sector partners.
  2. Establish a national network to advance systems-level change in Canada through collaboration, knowledge mobilization and storytelling, research and experimentation, the dissemination of competency and capacity-building tools.
  3. Provide opportunities for students to learn about (and experiment with) social innovation and entrepreneurship through experiential, cross-curricular and multi-disciplinary learning on campus, MOOCs and other online learning platforms, student clubs, conferences and competitions, exchanges and events.
  4. Support the incubation and growth of new social enterprises, and social innovations.
  5. Foster the growth of social finance and impact investing.

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