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November 2015

Meet RADIUS Ventures’ third Slingshot Accelerator cohort!

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RADIUS Ventures is proud to introduce the third cohort of Slingshot Accelerator Ventures!

From insect-based protein powder and healthy snack boxes to First Nations teas and waste-free groceries, this cohort of radical doers is revolutionizing the food and beverage sector. From December to May, these seven ventures will meet each week, learning from Entrepreneurs-In-Residence Donovan Woollard and Mike Rowlands, mentors and experts, and each other as they build their ventures to new heights.

We thank our partners at the Business Development Bank of CanadaVancityFasken Martineau LLP, and Miller Titerle + Co for all the ways they make the Slingshot Accelerator possible.

And now, without further ado, we give you the next fantastic cohort of RADIUS Ventures!
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Media Release: SFU’s RADIUS Slingshot program to boost B.C.’s sustainable food industry

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November 19, 2015
Simon Fraser University
University Communications


Donovan Woollard, RADIUS, 604.720.4223,
Maggie Knight, RADIUS, 604.329.0679,
Jean-Philippe Nadeau, BDC, 514.283.4369,
Vancity, 778.837.0394,
Paula Amiama, Zero Waste Market, +49.1.575.883.0727,
Lia Padgett, Thirsty Whale Elixirs, 604.657.9871,
Neil Thomson, Naked Snacks, 778.994.9659,
Tegan Woo, Amoda Tea, 604.368.6332,
Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,

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SFU’s RADIUS Slingshot program to boost B.C.’s sustainable food industry

Insect-based protein powder, First Nations tea blends, and home-delivered healthy snack boxes are just some of the local food-related ventures that will receive a jump-start from their inclusion in SFU’s third annual RADIUS Ventures Slingshot Accelerator. Read More

RADIUS launches Social Innovation Activators program – SFU students invited to apply by November 30th

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RADIUS is launching the new Social Innovation Activators program, an opportunity for SFU’s emerging changemakers to help understand, shape, and activate a stronger social innovation community that engages all faculties on all SFU campuses. SFU students from all faculties are invited to apply by November 30th. 

Three emerging student leaders will be trained to lead interviews of faculty, staff, and students in order to understand the SFU community’s perception of social innovation. Furthermore, the activators will help create a repository of social innovation support resources at SFU by finding and sorting bursaries, awards, scholarships, grants, courses, etc. available for change-making activities. The program supports the cross-campus work of SFU Innovates. Students from all programs and faculties are encouraged to apply.

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CLOSED: RADIUS seeks Lead Educator

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RADIUS seeks an experienced, creative, and nimble person to join our team as Lead Educator. Reporting to the Director of RADIUS, the Lead Educator will have lead accountability for delivering the RADIUS Fellows program and development of core curriculum across our program areas.  This is a full-time, 8 month contract position with strong potential for renewal pending performance, fit and funding. Download this position posting here.

Applications are due by 11:59pm on November 17th, 2015 (see application details below).  Read More

Thank you, Jenn McRae: our Manager of Edu Initiatives is moving on to her next challenge

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IMG_3163It’s a bittersweet day in building any organization when a key team member finds an amazing opportunity to spread their wings and take on a new challenge. We’re sad to announce that Jennifer McRae is leaving her role as Manager of Edu Initiatives at RADIUS, but thrilled for her and the next steps in her career. She is taking on a wonderful project with our good friends at CityStudio Vancouver, where we will surely soon find new ways to collaborate in our shared vision for a better world.

No-one on a team like this is replaceable, each bringing a part of our fundamental DNA and a unique set of experiences, skills, knowledge, networks and perspectives. Jenn has been an integral part of our formative years. She leaves RADIUS a better organization, with a clearer vision for our work in accelerating Radical Doers, a deeper focus on the relationships and communities that underpin all we do, and a legacy of amazing projects, programs, and collaborations.


Just a few examples of ideas Jenn has brought into the world include:

  • SFU Change Lab, overcoming all odds to create a hugely innovative, cross-disciplinary undergraduate program with co-founder Deanna Rogers when they were just completing their own degrees. This video gives you an idea of the program, which has directly impacted 90 SFU students from all faculties over the last 5 years, and is now being replicated and entrenched as one of SFU’s most powerful student offerings.
  • The RADIUS Fellowship Program, fresh off a highly successful first year accelerating 20 of Vancouvers’ next gen social change leaders, and soon to recruit for Cohort 2.

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