BC Ideas


What's your big idea?

All ideas welcome. No idea too big or too small!

For the past year Sauder S3i has been involved as a partner developing BC Ideas, an online competition, which asks British Columbians to bring forward innovative ideas and programs that address the challenges facing our province.

Over $250,000 in investments will be distributed to support creative solutions to health, social, and environmental challenges in communities across BC. Join the BC Ideas community, where you can connect with like-minded British Columbians, read the latest news on solutions working in BC, and share your thoughts with leaders, experts, and people just like you.

Check out the conversation and enter your idea in the competition! A couple early entry prizes have already been distributed.

Early Entry Winners

Two early entry winners who each received $500 were announced in mid July! These entries demonstrate innovative and effective ideas for strengthening their communities. Read more about them:

  • Our Local Markets is an online farmers’ market based in the Alberni Valley. By offering affordable marketing and distribution services for local farmers, Our Local Markets is revitalizing food production in B.C. communities.
  • Swan Bay Rediscovery offers a year-long culturally significant program for at-risk youth in Haida Gwaii. Canoe Journeys provides youth with lessons in traditional Haida activities, while also addressing addiction, mental health issues, and improved self-confidence. 

Mini-Growth Investment Prize

Gen Why Media has been selected as the recipient of the first Mini-Growth Investment. They were chosen from a pool of 36 Changeshops that had come from BC Ideas entries. They were evaluated based on both the strength of their entry and the quality of their changeshop. Their work is highlighted in the Idea Centre. You can also see their changeshop here and their entry here.