Hometown Bubbles

Entrepreneurial autistic youth learning and launching soap businesses


Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goals - 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Quick facts

  • Founded: 2018
  • Organizational Structure: non-profit
  • Home base: Sudbury, Ontario
  • Sector: Consumer Goods, Education

What's your social mission?

As recently as 2017 the unemployment rate for individuals on the autism spectrum in Canada was 80%.

Hometown Bubbles is a social enterprise developed through ENACTUS, a student leadership organization based at Laurentian University which exposes autistic youth to entrepreneurship and business acumen by supporting them to run their own soap business.

Innovations

  • 6 week bilingual program supporting youths with autism to create a product, manage business finances and market their products to customers
  • Participants gain knowledge and hands-on experience to become independent entrepreneurs
  • ‘After-program’ support including ongoing business and/or job search support

Home Bubbles Co-leads posing with program participants

“We saw a big gap in the support services in terms of experience and opportunities for individuals living with autism. There wasn’t much out there helping these kids get out there and find their independence and cope with their social anxiety.”

Moe Alaeddine and Alexie Beaulieu

Co-leads Hometown Bubbles

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Soaps sold to-date

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Youth participants to-date

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Businesses launched as a result of the proram


    Timeline

  • February 2018

    Hometown Bubbles launches

  • June 2018

    First radio and other community news coverage

  • December 2018

    Hometown Bubbles wins the Co-operators Project Accelerator

  • March 2019

    Over 50 youths have generated over $2500 in soap sales

  • March 2019

    Hometown Bubbles wins the Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship categories at Enactus Regionals

  • May 2019

    Hometown Bubbles wins most improved project at Enactus national competition

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