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Social Enterprise Ecosystem to Grow Alongside Tech Ecosystem?

Social enterprises in Canada have an opportunity to be a pillar of rapidly growing startup communities. In March 2017, Purppl attended the Canadian Accelerator Summit in Vancouver; it attracted 56 accelerators from across Canada, the…

Social Entrepreneur Profile: Linda McGrew

Linda McGrew is the newest Social Entrepreneur in Residence to join the Purppl team. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, Linda has seen from a young age how communities and society can benefit from…

Small Business Today, Social Enterprise Tomorrow

Much has been written about mergers and acquisitions within the nonprofit and charitable sectors. Many have explored these mergers’ pros and cons, and there are toolkits to guide leaders who are considering whether to merge their organization with another nonprofit….

Social Enterprise Profile: Change Gamers

Based in the Okanagan, Change Gamers is a social enterprise that has launched an interactive app to engage and educate youth on getting involved and creating a positive impact. In a safe and fun environment,…

One Big Table: Not Your Overnight Success Story

For Chef Giulio finding a permanent home for the One Big Table co-op grocery store has been many years in the making. With a shared goal to make a difference within the community, One Big…

The Boulder Thesis: A Theory for Social Entrepreneurs

The Boulder Thesis: A Theory for Social Entrepreneurs The approach to supporting entrepreneurs globally changed the moment Brad Feld, Managing Director at the Foundry Group, published Startup Communities in 2012. Community building and economic development…

Four Patterns for Building a Social Enterprise

Purppl is testing the assumption that sustainable business models can add predictable revenue into community driven social enterprises. We believe this will help organizations implement long term solutions to our communities’ toughest challenges. It’s a…

Featured Client & Alumni Stories

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…