Together with the Social Innovation Institute, we are proud and excited to announce we’ve selected our very first Social Entrepreneurs in Residence – Kori Chilibeck and Matt Moreau, Founders of The Earth Group. We’re so excited to have both passionate social entrepreneurs on board, but first let’s explore the program a bit more!
What is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence Program?
Each year, the program will feature a new Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SER) that will fulfill the roles of educator, mentor and collaborator through engagement on campus. The SER will be an innovative entrepreneur, with significant proven impact in the community, who can be seen as a role model and support for campus leaders, aspiring social entrepreneurs and our community of changemakers.
During their year-long tenure, the SER will develop a collaborative project that leverages the resources and expertise at MacEwan University, by convening faculty and students.
This year’s Social Entrepreneurs in Residence: Kori and Matt
Together, our first Social Entrepreneurs in Residence founded a social enterprise that has a global presence and massive impact.
When Earth Group Founders Kori and Matt share their story of how the company began, they’ll tell you it all started in a university apartment - somewhere many of us have been. Glamourous or not, becoming a social enterprise with a global presence hasn’t been easy. The company has experienced tremendous ups & downs, including facing down bankruptcy causing the co-founders to suspend their pay for several years and take on second (and third jobs) to see Earth Group arrive to where it is now.
The Earth Group exists entirely to provide food, water, and education to children globally. This is accomplished through a worldwide, exclusive partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that sees the company donating 100% of its profits to funding school meal programmes. School meals incentivize children to attend school, and break the cycle of poverty, hunger, and child exploitation in the world’s poorest areas. Critically, they allow children to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs.
In the last few years alone, the company has provided over three million school meals to children globally and is determined to become a dominant global brand that will be at the forefront of solving world hunger.
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In the meantime, save these dates for Kori and Matt's upcoming engagements at Roundhouse:
- July 11 and 24
- August 1 and 14
- September 7 and 19