Pürppl (PURposeful PeoPLe)

Pürppl accelerates social entrepreneurs who are taking on our toughest community challenges.

We help you build predictable, sustainable business models that enable you to improve community, social, and environmental outcomes.

Our Program

Structured Coaching

Experienced entrepreneurs and subject matter experts give you hands-on guidance and support. Regular meetings keep you focused and accountable to a plan.

Business Model Development

Plan and scale sustainable, predictable business models. Reduce grant dependency and donor fatigue. Explore appropriate corporate structures (for-profit, non-profit, charity, CCC).

Project Development and Delivery

pürppl can facilitate targeted projects like enterprise development, systems change, ecosystem mapping, overcoming initial barriers, and partnership building. We co-create and empower you to lead.

Ecosystem Access

Connect to a network of support from peers, mentors, and partners to help you strengthen your social impact. Access curated tools to improve your model.

  • I wish that all non-profits had the opportunity to work with Purppl. I honestly don’t believe without Purppl the agency would have continued.

  • We create recreational sport opportunities for persons with a disability. We can’t do that alone.
    Pürppl brings coaching, tools, and network access to help implement a revenue plan for sustainable growth. Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation

  • This has been great. It’s the first time things have started to become clear about how this model could work. This is exciting! Healthy Essentials

Meet the Team

Andrew Greer

Community Catalyst

Andrew is an experienced program manager, sales manager, and community builder. He plays an active role in building acceleration programs for tech startups with Accelerate Okanagan. He is a director with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Okanagan), Okanagan Changemakers, and UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Ken Gauthier

Community Catalyst

Ken is the founder of Urban Matters, a social enterprise which focuses on sustainable community development as well as a member of the BC Social Impact Partners. He has a successful foundation as a professional engineer, strategic and entrepreneurial business and team leader.

Fraser Campbell

Community Catalyst

Fraser is a serial entrepreneur who has participated in several startups, rollouts, mergers and acquisitions in warehousing, aviation, construction, and public security. He is a director with the Kelowna Food Bank, Okanagan Changemakers, and Shoe Bank Canada and a mentor with Accelerate Okanagan.

Colin Stansfield

Community Catalyst

Colin is the Executive Director at Potluck Cafe, an award winning social enterprise in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He has a strong background in sustainable community development and social innovation. He is a director at the Dugout Drop-In Society and the Strathacona Business Improvement Association.

Amanda Loewen

Communications Coordinator

Amanda is currently part of the Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) where she is focusing her studies on marketing. She has recently completed a semester abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh where she was able to develop her understanding of social marketing along with several other areas of business.

Canada’s social sector contributes $176 billion the economy

Join the movement of people taking on big challenges like housing for everyone,

food and water security, economic empowerment, accessible transportation, and climate change.

Learn More About Our Acceleration Program

Pürppl (Corporate Stuff)

Pürppl is a social enterprise incorporated as a community contribution company (CCC). Our purpose is to accelerate the development and implementation of social enterprises. We work closely with and incubated inside another social enterprise, Urban Matters CCC. Urban Matters CCC operates on a sliding scale cost recovery basis, with profitability directed toward meaningful social and community outcomes and/or appropriate and related charitable organizations, like Pürppl.

Some images used with direct permission from Slides Carnival. Some images also used under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) license by Goodsir.

Pürppl acknowledges the support of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development to support hiring a youth intern.