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Insights and articles for social entrepreneurs

Articles, tools, and resources for organizations working on some of our toughest community, social, and environmental challenges.

Survey Findings – COVID-19 Recovery Planning for SPO’s

On April 15th, Purppl launched a survey to understand the current state of social purpose organizations (SPOs) and how we, supporters of the social innovation movement, can move from response to recovery and emerge stronger….

New COVID-19 Grant Stream to Focus on Sustainability and Resilience for Charities

In response to COVID-19, a new funding stream is available to support sustainability and resilience for the charitable sector. This collaborative partnership, led by United Way, will fund entrepreneurial coaching and support for charities, focused…

Community Organizations Quietly Impacting Mental Health

It’s the Canadian Mental Health Association’s mental health week and this year let’s not just get loud but #getreal. It’s affecting nearly everyone. You don’t need to suffer alone. Regardless of ability to pay to…

Four Ways Purppl Helps You Build Sustainability, Resilience, and Impact

The pandemic is challenging all organizations. Our diverse team is here to help in brand new ways.   The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly impacting all of us in different and challenging ways. Not the least…

Survey: (re)Building a Regenerative Economy

To our fellow social enterprises, social purpose organizations, and social businesses, Purppl has launched a survey to understand the current state of organizations who are participating in the social enterprise and social innovation movement. As…

Grants, Funding, and Capital for Social Enterprises and Social Purpose Organizations

We’ve curated a list of sources of capital, grants, and funding available to social purpose organizations and social enterprise. This is not an exhaustive list so please, if you have others that you recommend we…

Kelowna: Dragon’s Den is Looking for Social Entrepreneurs

Investing in Social Entrepreneurs Great news! Dragon’s Den is looking to invest in more social entrepreneurs and wants you to pitch at their event on Thursday. It’s a fantastic opportunity to earn national attention and…

Social Enterprises Featured at ChangeUP Ask For Help

Thank you to everyone who came out on Wednesday to support our six finalists and the social enterprise movement. We are so proud of the talented and passionate social entrepreneurs who bravely took the stage…

Seven Social Enterprises Join Acceleration Program

Seven social enterprises in the BC Interior have joined Purppl’s Scale Up acceleration program. This highly customized program pairs experienced entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs) with the social enterprise leadership teams to help accelerate their success. Typically Purppl…

It Takes a Community

You’ve heard it before. It takes a village to raise a child. Or it takes a community to build a company. The same holds true about building a social enterprise.  Six social enterprises presented at…

We’re Hiring – Program Coordinator [closed]

What is Purppl and what is our why? Purppl accelerates ideas, projects and enterprises that work for the public good. We enable social enterprises to implement sustainable revenue models so they can to implement long-term…

ChangeUP – Six Social Enterprises Changing Kamloops

Six social enterprises operating in Kamloops are set to present their stories and solutions to some of the toughest community, social, and environmental challenges at this year’s ChangeUP on October 2nd, 2019. Tickets are nearly…

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Social Enterprise Profiles

Social Enterprise Profile: Kamloops Music Collective

The Kamloops Music Collective is committed to building a vibrant and diverse music culture in Kamloops by offering music-based programs to youth in the community. Through their education and programs, the Kamloops Music Collective inspires…

Social Enterprise Profile: Trellis

Trellis is an online platform that enables charities and non profits to showcase their impact and raise funds from their donors. Their software allows fundraising professionals and their donors the ability to simply create and…

Social Enterprise Profile: Elevation Outdoors

Elevation Outdoors is focused on breaking down barriers and helping young people find a passion to help them lead a healthy, happier life. Since their inception they have expanded their program offering to include snowboarding,…

Social Enterprise Profile: OGO Car Share Co-op

OGO Car Share Co-op is a social enterprise that launched in 2013 that gives Okanagan drivers a more affordable and environmentally responsible transportation option. Take a look at what Executive Director Christian Brandt had to…

Social Enterprise Profile: Clubhouse

NAME OF COMPANY: The Clubhouse Child Care Center TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Registered Charity HEADQUARTERS: Kelowna NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 50 YEAR FOUNDED: 1996 THE PROBLEM: Children often do not get enough outside time for play and…