The Elevator Project
In June of 2013, key players of social innovation in Guelph — 10C, Guelph Community Health Centre and Innovation Guelph — came together with the City of Guelph to establish The Elevator Project, a platform and hub where people with ideas can be empowered to create positive change, getting support and mentorship to transform their ideas into reality. A “matchmaker for community good”, The Elevator Project aimed to connect creative ‘imagineers’ with resourceful and experienced community partners to collaboratively bring the idea to life. Every year, dozens of community members pool their innovation, creativity and dedication to develop their ideas into projects, before participating in the annual Big Show to showcase their work to investors, receive support and funding, and share their projects to the public. In the four years that the Elevator Project ran, over 50 ideas were realized into full-blown, community-wide projects.
From innovative health and wellness programs to environmental initiatives, from food literacy and justice programs to unique arts and cultural programming, The Elevator Project has truly been a force that drove community vitality in Guelph. Projects that have been developed through the Elevator Project include Bruise Bar, a social food enterprise that repurposes unwanted produce into healthy, affordable snacks; The Golden Bus, a mobile, collaborative art space for accessible and affordable creativity; CFRU’s Mobile Studio to further break down barriers in giving a platform to all voices; The Seed POD, Guelph CHC community food project’s Fresh Food Distribution Hub; bringing Sidewalk Talk, an initiative to combat mental health stigma, to the local community; and so, so many more!
For more information and to see a full list of realized community projects, visit http://theelevatorproject.ca.