Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that strengthen civil society and meet social needs of all kinds - from working conditions and education to community development and health. The Centre for Jewish Innovation (CJI) will serve as Toronto's first incubator for Jewish social entrepreneurs who have initiated their own start up organizations focused upon services and programs for the Jewish community of Toronto. The CJI will share space with Hillel Toronto in the Wolfond Centre for Jewish Student Life at the University of Toronto. With a small retrofit of a suitable space in the building, the CJI will provide a package of support tools to competitively selected, innovative start up organizations that focus upon social action, Jewish education, spirituality, and/or social engagement . Start-up organizations selected for the incubator will have access to a staff person trained in not for profit management, and receive free office space, a technology and admin package, training workshops, a mentor, a peer community and a stipend.
By leveraging the opportunity to use this prime community space, students will be engaged with a network of Jewish innovators locally, in Israel and around the globe. In addition, the CJI will provide a platform for experienced and successful community and business leaders to impart knowledge and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.