What is ChangeUp?

ChangeUP, brought to you by Valley First and Purppl, is a pitch style event for social enterprises on February 28, 2018. Featured social enterprises will share their stories and solutions for some of the toughest community, social, and environmental challenges. Selected social enterprises will have the opportunity to win one of two spots in Purppl's six-month acceleration program.

A social enterprise is an organization that sells goods or services to help achieve community, social, or environmental initiatives. It can be for-profit, not-for-profit, or a hybrid, but a majority of the profits must be directed to achieving social objectives.

Don't miss your chance to be inspired, make connections, and learn how local social enterprises are making an impact in the community.

Doors open at 6:00pm for networking with some light snacks and refreshments. The event will start at 7:00pm.

Celebrate Social Entrepreneurship in the Okanagan Valley

Join us for an evening of inspired pitches and networking.
Six Social Enterprises To Present
Okanagan Centre for Innovation
Keynote Speaker: Brian Smith

Meet Our Guest Speaker

Brian Smith

Brian is a social entrepreneur, farmer, and community organizer. His career has taken him from the co-op movement, to working with people with disabilities, to ten years in community economic development in the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

His professional background includes serving as a senior executive administering successful loan programs, directing CED programming with non-profits, SMEs, local residents and the community at large. His academic background includes degrees in Economics, Community Economic Development (CED) and Regional Planning. Brian teaches Social Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program for CED. He regularly presents to groups, workshops and conferences on social enterprise, innovation and finance.

Brian has been recognized as one of the Top 40 under Forty (2009), a Celebration of Excellence Award (2014), Land Award (2016), Widening Our World Award and Social Enterprise of the Year (2017), all attributable to his work in the field of social venture and impact investing. Brian was a co-founding Director of SoleFood Street Farms, the Hastings Crossing BIA, Gibsons Public Market and currently serves as the CEO of Rhiza Capital Inc. and Persephone Brewing Company.

Brian lives in Gibsons, BC with his three kids, dog, bikes, and lovely wife Melissa.

Photos From ChangeUp 2015

Join Us at the Okanagan Centre for Innovation

February 28 - 7 PM


Presenting Sponsor

Community Sponsor

Friends of ChangeUP & In Kind Donations