OCSB Social Entrepreneurs Program

The OCSB Social Entrepreneurs Program (SEP) is an exciting endeavour for students from K-12 to participate during school in an enriching, business-oriented, and student-led initiative where they gain entrepreneurial experience, develop innovative mindsets and future ready skills to take action and make a difference in the world they live in.

Participating Schools

Social Issue & Charity

Students Create a Social Enterprise.

Deep Learning (6C's + Partnerships)

Gr 5/6 St Anne PEA Video

St Anne Gr 5/6 PEA Educators Ms. L and Mrs. Cleasby

Twitter Year End Celebration Post

Educator Testimonial

Our Future World

Educator Testimonial

Bumble Squad Website

The following sites are a collection of OPEN, UNDER CONSTRUCTION & sites from previous years.

Compassion Cards of St Francis Xavier

A group of high school students at St Francis Xavier in Ottawa, Canada. Their charity is Harmony House and their product is Thanks You cards.

Compassion Cards Website

Childs Hope of St Francis Xavier

The grade 8 team at St. Francis Xavier High school. Their charity is CHEO and their products are fairy lights.

Childs Hope Website

Notre Dame SAGE Market

The students at Notre Dame are selling colourful buttons to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Shopify Store

The Creature Keepers of St Brother Andre School

The Grade 4/5 students of St Brother Andre School. Their charity is the Jane Goodall Institute.

Shopify Store

The St Anthony Remarkables.

The Grade 5/6 class at St Anthony called the Remarkables Inc. Theiir product is original art bookmarks.

Shopify Store

St Philip Tree Savers

Two classes from St Philip School have combined into one SEP. A Grade 4/5 & a Kindergarten class. Their social issue is Trees.

Shopify Site

Wildlife Bookmarks

The grade 4 students at Chapel Hill School. Their charity is the WWF. They will be making customized wooden bookmarks.

Site Under Construction

Our Future World

We are grade 6 students at St George School in Ottawa and we want to help our climate. Thier charity is Goldenrod Community Garden.

Under Construction

The Divine Blue students of Divine Infant

The Grade 4 & 5 students of Divine Infant. The Social Issue is UNSDG14 Life Below Water.

Site Under Construction

St Josephine Think OUTSIDE the Box!

The grade 7 students of St Josephine Virtual HS. The Social Issue is UNSDG13 - Climate Change.

Under Construction

St Joseph High School

The grade 12 students of St Joseph selected mental health as their social issue and researched and specified a mental health app called "OCSB MIND" that could serve to help students.

Link to Presentation

St Anne Poverty Elimination Association

The Grade 5/6 students of St Anne School called the Poverty Elimination Association (PEA).

Shopify Site

The Happy HIve of St Jerome

The Happy Hive is a class of grade three / four students from St. Jerome Catholic school who want to be good citizens and make a difference in the community. Our business highlights our handcrafted, 100% beeswax candles and partnership with local honey producer, Blue Shoes Honey. We are a social enterprise so all profits will be donated to charities, the Caring Society & Ukraine. We have chosen a charity that works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families.

OPEN - Now Selling Honey & Candles

The Bumble Squad

The Bumble Squad is a group of kids at St George school in grade 3 and 4. Our mission is to help protect pollinators and their habitats. Their charity is Wildlife Preservation Canada.

OPEN - Now selling honey & cards for all occasions

Waves of Knowledge Publishing Co of Our Lady of Peace

The Grade 5/6 Immersion classes of Our Lady of Peace School. Our charity is Crisis Services Canada and our social issue is UNSDG12 (Responsible Consumption & Production) & all of the social issues surrounding water. Our product is a collection of stories on the theme of water.

OPEN - now selling Christmas cards

St James School "Christmas Sharks"

The grade 2/3 students, "The Christmas Sharks" want to help indigenous communities that don't have safe water. Their charity, "Water First" works towards creating long term solutions to the water crisis that many indigenous communities in Canada face.

OPEN - now selling Xmas Ornaments

TreePlantify of St Augustine

We are the Grade 3/4 students of St Augusinte. Their soical issue is saving trees. Their charity is Tree Canada. Our mission is to remind the communities to plant and save trees through art and creativity. We will be making leaf prints from air-dry clay!

Under Construction

Mind Body Development

The Grade 11/12 students at St Josephine had selected Mental Health. Their charity is CHEO. Their product is a Mental Health First Aid Kit.

OPEN - now selling Mental Health 1st Aid Kit

Artsy Animals of St Daniel School.

The Grade 3 class of St Daniel School. The social issue is homelessness. Their charity is the Shepards of Good Hope. Their product is original artwork cards for all occassions.

Shopify Store

Allies for Truth & Equality

Three Grade 6 classes at St Anne. The charity is First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. students are trying to make a difference. The social issues are truth and equality for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Thier product is original artwork cards of the Fish & Bear Clan. Trust is earned slowly. So let’s help make a change. Together, let's make things better.

Shopify Store

The All Stars 2021 of St Francis

The Grade 3 class of St Francis of Assisi. The social issue is under development now.

OPEN - Now Selling Ornaments

The St Gregory Pet Warriors

The grade 3 students of St Gregory want to help animals. Their charity is the Ottawa Humane Society. Their product is customized pet tags.

Shopify Store

St Anthony School's Miracle Messages

The Grade 5 & 6 class of St Anthony. Social Issues are Education & Homelessness. Charities are Adam's Dream Foundation (Kasuku Children's Center in Uganda) & Ottawa Foodbank

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Baking a Difference!

7e Année à l'Académie Virtuelle. The Social Issue is World Hunger (UNSDG2). The Charity is Meals on Wheels Ottawa.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

Holy Redeemer School

The Grade 1 class of Holy Redeemer. Social Issue is saving trees. Charity is One Tree Planted

Site from 2020-21 SEP

St Joseph HS "Make Equality Our Reality"

The Social Issue is Gender Equality (UNSDG5). The Charity is Egale.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

The Hungry Hawks of Holy Spirit School

The Grade 5/6 class of Holy Spirit School. The Social Issue is frontline workers and healthcare. The Charity is The Frontline Fund.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

Hawks of Hope of Holy Spirit

Social Issue is Children & Animals. The Charities are Ottawa Humane Society, CHEO.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

Marvels Mission of Guardian Angels

The Grade 4 & 5 class of Guardian Angels. Social Issue is Climate Action (UNSDG13). Product is climate awareness. Charity is the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

Site from 2019-20 SEP

Civitas Smile Bags

Visit the group of virtual OCSB grade 3 students from Assumption , Corpus Christi and St. Brigid Elementary Schools. The Social Issue is Homelessness. The Charities are Ottawa Mission, Furry Tales Rescue.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

St Emily Caring Eagles

The Social Issue is Helping Other Kids in Ottawa (SDG1 & Rights of the Child). The Charity is the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

St Brother André Virtual

The Grade 1 virtual learning class. The Social Issue is clean water (UNSDG6). The Charity is Water First.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

Lion's Create! of St Daniel School

The Grade 2 & 3 class of St Daniel. The Social Issue is Helping Animals. The Charity is the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

Site from 2020-21 SEP

Elmdale PS, The Elmdale Cares!

The Grade 6 class of Elmdale PS. The Social Issue is Climate (SDG13).

Site from 2020-21 SEP

St Brother Andre Wolf

The Grade 4/5 students of St Brother Andre. The Social Issue is helping animals. The Charity is the David Suzuki Foundation.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

The Gamers of St Francis of Assisi School

The Gamers are the grade 3B class of St Francis of Assisi of Orleans.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

St Francis Xavier - Masking up for CHEO

Grade 8 St. Francis Xavier- Masking up for CHEO. Their Social Issue is health. Their Charity is CHEO.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

St. Bernard (St Bernard Buddies)

The Grade 4 class of St. Bernard. The Social Issue is Helping Animals. The Charity is the Ottawa Paw Pantry.

Site from 2020-21 SEP

The Raven’s Happy Hearts Co. of St Benedict

The Grade 2 & 3 classes of St. Benedict. Raven’s Happy Hearts Co. The Social Issue is UNSDG3 Health and Well-Being. The Charity is Jumpstart. The Raven's will create and sell a selection of student made wellness products to promote student wellness in our school community. A photobooth was also organized to help pay for our supplies. Our profits will be used to support youth wellness in Barrhaven through the Jumpstart Charity.

  • Personal delivery is here!

  • Students from Guardian Angels sold coffee and spices for their seed funding.
  • Coffee from The Artery Community Roasters

  • The Artery is an amazing Ottawa social enterprise hiring only people living with disabilities.
  • Spices from 13:ASE

  • 13 A Social Enterprise educates 60 student youth each year about entrepreneurship.
  • Student survey wordcloud.

  • What single word describes how you feel about the program?
  • Student Creativity!

  • Students designed their own logos.
  • Students learn to market!

  • Students created their own ads and marketed their products on social media.

Personal delivery is here!

Students from Guardian Angels sold coffee and spices for their seed funding. Marvels Mission

Coffee from The Artery Community Roasters

The Artery is an amazing Ottawa social enterprise hiring only people living with disabilities. The Artery

Spices from 13:ASE

13 A Social Enterprise educates 60 student youth each year about entrepreneurship. 13:ASE

Student survey wordcloud.

What single word describes how you feel about the program? OCSB-SEP

Student Creativity!

Students designed their own logos.

Students learn to market!

Students created their own ads and marketed their products on social media. Commercial
  • AC Makerspace

  • Several SEP schools partnered with Algonquin College Makerspace to make laser-cut Christmas Ornaments.
  • Shopify Partnership

  • Shopify generously donated their e-commerce platforms for students to learn and sell products.
  • Students Learn Storytelling

  • Students learn persuasive storytelling.

AC Makerspace

Several SEP schools partnered with Algonquin College Makerspace to make laser-cut Christmas Ornaments. Laser cutting & engraving!

Shopify Partnership

Shopify generously donated their e-commerce platforms for students to learn and sell products. Web design with Shopify

Students Learn Storytelling

Students learn persuasive storytelling. Civitas Smile Bags Video