What is ChangeUp?

ChangeUP, brought to you by Purppl and Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, is a pitch style event for social enterprises on February 28, 2019. 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 Speakers: Joel Solomon & Dana Bass Solomon

Meet Our Keynote Speakers: Joel Solomon & Dana Bass Solomon

Joel Solomon is a Founding Partner of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest mission venture capital firm, at $98m assets under management. Investing in Organics and EnviroTech in Canada and the USA, Renewal Funds is GIIRS-rated, a founding Canadian B Corp (5x “Best for the World”), a “1% for the Planet” member, recognized as ImpactAssets “Top 50 impact fund managers.”

Joel is Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and Co-Producer for their "Integrated Capital Fellows" program, supporting potential social change investment leaders. He is a Founding Member of Social Venture Network (SVN), the Tides Canada Foundation, Business for Social Responsibility, and the BALLE Local Funders circle. Joel is Board Chair of Hollyhock, a lifelong leadership learning centre on Cortes Island.

Joel is Co-Author with Tyee Bridge of Clean Money Revolution, a call to action to know where your money is and what it is doing to whom right now, and to move trillions of dollars from damage to regeneration.

Dana Bass Solomon led Hollyhock for 18 years as CEO of the west coast Canada-based and renowned lifelong learning organization. Hollyhock supports creative cultural and social entrepreneur networks. She has 30+ years of senior leadership and management in programs, facilities, and hospitality.

Dana' astute advice has benefitted unique organizations, from Cavallo Point, Osmosis, and Two Bunch Palms, to Jean Michel Cousteau Resort. She was a multi term director of the Vancouver based, nationally significant Pivot Legal Society. She serves as a Director of the Seattle based Mark Torrance Foundation.

Photo by: Katie Simmons


Photos From ChangeUp 2018

Join Us at the Okanagan Centre for Innovation

February 28 - 6:00PM


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