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Community "Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship" (ICE) Challenges


Community ICE Challenges are one-day events that partners a small group of grades 11 & 12 students with a local business to work on a real business challenge that is currently impacting their company. The students will work on-site at the company (if possible) where they will receive mentorship and guidance from a company representative.  Students work through problem solving methods to create one or more solutions to the company's challenge.  At the end of the day, students will present their solution(s) to the company representatives.


This program provides senior high school students with an excellent experiential learning opportunity in the context of a real business. Students develop esssential business skills in innovation, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and communication. Companies also benefit from this partnership and often find themselves gaining a fresh perspective on challenges facing their company.


Since the inception of this program in 2012, over 700 students and 60 local organizations have participated. 


As a reslt of participating: 

  • 93% of students feel more aware of challenges facing real companies
  • 90% of students feel more prepared to problem solve real challenges companies face
  • 97% of students have a better understanding of their skills and how they can be developed


"It's a great way for young, motivated high school students to get work experience doing things they love, and for companies to leverage emerging talent."

- Carol Leaman, CEO, Axonify





If you are a local educator or organization interested in participating, please contact info@bepwr.ca






A special thanks to the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation for their support of this program.







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