EPYC 2014 will host 100 youth and 50 adult community leaders to discuss the intersection of social innovation, entrepreneurship and community growth in Waterloo Region on May 13th, 2014. The event provides proactive young people with an opportunity to not only talk about ideas, but also determine the possible solutions for issues in our community and have the opportunity to collaborate on brining these solutions into actuality.

The goals of EPYC 2014 are:

1) To create an environment that connects attendees to others in attendance and to ideas discussed, possibly leading to volunteer, mentorship and collaboration.
2) To engage youth and adult professionals in conversation about creating change in Waterloo Region
3) To encourage the youth of our community to make a difference and step into the world of social innovation and entrepreneurship


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At EPYC 2014 attendees will connect with local social startups and community organizations that can provide meaningful and invaluable volunteer opportunities. Attendees will also witness the finalists from the SparKW contest compete for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Other speakers and presenters will include leading social innovators in our community as well as bright and burgeoning young social entrepreneurs who have been recognized by EPYC, VAC and SparKW.


What will be happening at the event?
The event kicks off with the top 4 finalists from the SparKW social innovation contest vying for
the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes of cash and mentorships. Following the presentations, there is a short period of networking and mingling. Dinner will be served after the judges announce the winners of the contest. Two workshop sessions serve as the second half of the event.

Organizations and local social innovators will have the opportunity to set up information booths and interactive spaces throughout THEMUSEUM in order to connect with the youth in attendance, providing them with information and motivation to seek out opportunities for social innovation and change.

What makes this EPYC event unique from other youth conferences is that it offers the young people in attendance an immediate opportunity to not only share ideas with each other, but also with organizations who share a passion for social innovation and volunteerism. Therefore, a large part of the event agenda will be dedicated to the meaningful interaction between youth and socially responsible and innovative organizations and companies.


EPYC Sponsors

EPYC 2014 would not be possible without the support of our community. We work with a diverse and growing network of individuals and organizations that share their resources and time. We want to recognize the following community partners who have been instrumental in the planning of EPYC 2014.


vac-logoWhen the EPYC team came to present their EPYC 2014 concept it was clearly a good fit for inspiring youth engagement in Waterloo Region. Demonstrating innovative and successful connections between youth and community is precisely the vision our organization strives to fulfill. Lucas, Angel and their team are dedicated young professionals who believe in
the contribution that youth can make beginning within
our own community.

Jane Hennig
Executive Director – Volunteer Action Centre


ascent-logoAccelerating Social-Cause Entrepreneurs is an innovative pilot program–rooted in Waterloo Region–offering social entrepreneurs and benefit enterprises a comprehensive program to move companies from idea to sustainable success. Through a program of education and business mentorship focussed on earning revenue and
balanced impact, our goal is to help social enterprises
polish their go-to-market plans, build viable product
offerings and make critical connections to partners,
customers and industry influencers.

Leadership Waterloo Region

leadership-logoIt is both gratifying and inspiring to have one of our program graduates so keenly interested in sharing his learnings with a younger generation of leaders, and we are supporting his efforts. We are confident that EPYC will provide an opportunity to the program participants to hone their leadership skills and that they will come away feeling much better connected to the
community resources available to them.

Anne Lavender
Executive Director – Leadership Waterloo Region

GreenHouse – St. Paul’s University College

greenhouse-logoAt GreenHouse, we promote the pursuit of innovative, enterprising solutions to complex social and environmental problems. It is the starting point for undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo to create bold ideas, receive help to bring them to reality, and make meaningful impact. We believe events such as EPYC 2014 have the potential to catalyze
youth into taking action on their ideas for social good.
We look forward to celebrating youth volunteerism, social
innovation and entrepreneurship in Waterloo Region at EPYC 2014.

Tania Del Matto
Director – GreenHouse, St. Paul’s University College


In Partnership with The ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Campaign