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…

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…

Social Enterprises to Pitch at ChangeUP on October 2nd

Kamloops social entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their stories and solutions to some of the toughest community, social, and environmental challenges at this year’s ChangeUP on October 2nd, 2019.

Is Farm to Table Dead?

Guest post from Giulio Piccioli, One Big Table. As a chef particularly interested and actively involved in the local food movement, I have always been curious in understanding the role chefs play in the creation…

Social Entrepreneurship – You’re Invited to the Party

– One third of new startups globally now have social impact baked directly into their mission, not as an afterthought. Entrepreneurs are becoming more social. The social sector is becoming more entrepreneurial. The anchors that…

Nationally Renowned Social Entrepreneurs and Impact Investors to Speak at ChangeUP

ChangeUP, brought to you by Valley First and Purppl, 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…

ChangeUP: Celebrating Social Entrepreneurship

The Okanagan Valley has a growing reputation for its entrepreneurial ecosystem. One of the hidden undercurrents is a growing cohort of social entrepreneurs. These people are using non-traditional organization models and business models to help…

Starting a Social Enterprise from the Street

Last Friday, Kamloops launched the first edition of their street newspaper “The Big Edition”. Joining over 100 cities worldwide, The Big Edition is produced by members of the Kamloops Lived Experience Committee — a group of…

Sun Shines on Social Enterprise

Last week I spent several days in Gibsons BC which is part of a small, rural region called the Sunshine Coast, a 40 minute ferry ride northwest of Vancouver BC. While you expect the small…

We Need To Think Bigger – Learnings From the Social Enterprise World Forum

The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event for social entrepreneurs from around the world to come together, connect, build networks, and focus on how we can create a more sustainable future. This year,…

Funding Sources for Non-Profit and For Profit Social Enterprises

Social entrepreneurship is about using entrepreneurship (customers revenue!) to help solve community, social, or environmental challenges. Just because social entrepreneurs use customers to help fund their models doesn’t mean that grants shouldn’t also help fund…