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What is a Social Enterprise Accelerator?

A social enterprise accelerator helps social entrepreneurs start and grow their impact-driven companies ventures (for-profit, non-profit, co-op, hybrid). Through a combination of experienced social entrepreneurs and mentors, business model development, and creating an ecosystem of…

Social Enterprise Doesn’t Mean Social Media…

Have you heard about social enterprises? Or social innovation? We aren’t talking about Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We are talking about One Big Table, Me to We, Atira Property Management, and the Registered Disability Savings…

Changing Community Giving to Collaborative Impact: A New Approach to CSR

Unlikely Partners   Corporate social responsibility is often thought of as companies writing small cheques to support youth sports teams, flipping burgers at a charity barbeque, or buying tickets to an expensive fundraiser dinner. Dymon…

Kielburger’s Call to Action Highlights WE Movement

Craig Kielburger, founder of one of Canada’s most well known social enterprises, WE, will be speaking in Kelowna on Saturday night (details at Eventbrite). It’s an opportunity to listen to someone who has inspired thousands…

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…