LEDlab’s Replicable Funding & Program Model for Social Labs in Higher Ed
Kiri Bird is Manager of the Local Economic Development Lab, a role she has played since 2015. Kiri was hired for an internship with what would become LEDlab by Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU while completing a Master’s in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.
Kiri Bird’s blog on the RECODE website outlines the Local Economic Development Lab program model, and shares the opportunity that universities have to leverage the Mitacs Accelerate Research Grants for social change. If you’re interested in learning more, join our upcoming webinar on May 17.
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. Its goal is to provide social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change.
A key aspect of the LEDlab model is the use of Mitacs Accelerate Research Grant to incorporate 30 living wage, four-month, full-time graduate internships over three years. Graduate interns provide actual human capacity, research and prototyping support to under-resourced community organizations to advance innovative ideas. With a goal of scaling social innovation labs within higher education through meaningful campus-community partnership, we will be hosting a webinar in partnership with RECODE in May, where we’ll share the details of the Mitacs partnership and funding model in the Local Economic Development Lab. Please register for the webinar via eventbrite.
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