The Pipeline

You Excel. We Accelerate.

The Pipeline is a social innovation accelerator designed to provide students and community groups the opportunity to ideate and launch sustainable social enterprises.

Through a 12 stage-gate process, The Pipeline challenges the way participants think to ensure the business models created are fundamentally sustainable and scalable. The Pipeline uses the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for exposing global challenges, and uses social innovation as a stimulus for creating community solutions.

Pipeline Overview

The Pipeline is currently accepting 20 ambitious science and engineering students who are eager to use their knowledge to solve the world greatest challenges. Over the course of eight weeks, students will work in teams to develop new innovative ideas and turn them into reality. The Pipeline is a process that teaches students about design thinking, innovation, and how to launch a business. Faculty of the SMUEC will be facilitating the workshops and helping students form teams, ideate, and accelerate their ideas. Students are not required to have any prior knowledge or experience in developing business models. Students do not need to have an existing idea or a team established before signing up.


The Pipeline is an opportunity to:

  • Develop new ideas that could solve the worlds greatest challenges
  • Be immersed in experiential learning
  • Apple in-class education to the real world
  • Learn the process of creating a social enterprise
  • Showcase your creative and innovative skills
  • Students must be currently enrolled at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Students must be studying science or engineering.
  • Teams of 2-5 can sign up or individuals can sign up and join/form a team.
  • All students from already formed teams must EACH register individually and list the names of their team members in the registration form.

1st Prize – $1,000 (for team to split/put towards their business)

2nd Prize – $300 (for team to split/put towards their business)

3rd Prize – $200 (for team to split/put towards their business)

Students interested in registering for The Pipeline must be able to commit their time to four workshops throughout the semester.

Workshop 1 – Social Enterprise 101
Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Burke 218

Workshop 2 – Validation
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Burke 218

Workshop 3 – Designing an MVP
Date: Friday, November 9
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Burke 218

Workshop 4 – Implementation
Date: Friday, November 30
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Location: Burke 218

Get Started

For those interested in participating in a current or future Pipeline, please fill out the registration form below:

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