Addressing social isolation in the Calgary area

Hunter Hub Solutions Lab | Addressing Social Isolation in the Calgary Area

A three-week challenge that invites undergraduate students from all disciplines to work together and inspire real change.

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Develop entrepreneurial thinking skills while broaching a real-world challenge

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Explore and address social issues with a lens of innovation

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Connect with the innovation economy through co-curricular experiential learning

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About the Hunter Hub Solutions Lab

As the Winter 2023 term comes to a close, the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking is proud to present Hunter Hub Solutions Lab: Addressing social isolation in the Calgary area. This three-week challenge will dare students to develop an impactful and feasible project idea that, if executed, would address the real-world issue of social isolation in the Calgary area. The assigned student teams will submit five-minute pitches via online videos for a panel of judges to assess. The challenge will conclude with a finale, where the three winning teams are announced.  

Running from March 21 to April 11, 2023, students are to spend a maximum of 40 hours working on their solutions and pitches. Students will be placed in teams of five to six and create pitches no longer than five minutes. Participating students will be granted an honorarium of $525 through Experience Ventures in recognition of their participation in the challenge. In addition to the honoraria, the top three teams will have the opportunity to receive the Hunter Hub Catalyst Grant, awarded to support the development of the idea outlined in their pitch. The winning team will secure $750, while the first runner-up will secure $375 and the second runner-up will secure $250. The additional funds are made available courtesy of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking. 

Students will leverage entrepreneurial thinking as they work with community members to develop potential solutions to address a question that will be revealed on the first day of the challenge.  

Applications are now closed.

Hunter Hub Solutions Lab begins March 21 and runs until April 11.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Entrepreneurial thinking is being creative in finding innovative solutions. It’s about taking initiative and exchanging knowledge across disciplines. It is essential to enriching lives and advancing society.

Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary, enables college and university students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements.

Become a change-maker

Experience Ventures creates paid entrepreneurial thinking placements for college and university students with innovative companies in Canada. Our goal is to inspire your creativity, resiliency and future vision – so you can seize your future with the right skill set.

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Any eligible UCalgary undergraduate student who is eager to explore entrepreneurial thinking, build future ready skills they can bring into their respective careers, and expand on existing ideas are encouraged to apply for the program.

The challenge kick-off will be held in-person on the 4th floor of the Hunter Student Commons. Office hours with the mentors can be completed over Zoom or in-person at the students discretion. Students are free to meet with their teams in person, while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures should they wish to do so. The finale will be held over Zoom on April 11. 

No. Participants are not able to register as a team.

The challenge will kick off with a keynote speaker who works in this space and students will be provided with additional information and resources to support their work. Teams will be provided an opportunity to attend in-person/virtual drop-in sessions with coaches to support their progress and work.

You will be provided with contact details to connect with event organizers. If you experience any problems during the challenge, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

Each team will be asked to submit a final project proposal that aligns with the scoring rubric. The submission will include a five minute video and 1 page project brief guidelines for which will be provided at the same time as a copy of the scoring rubric.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges who will score student submissions against the evaluation criteria.

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Government of Canada Funding Acknowledgment