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Let’s Move the Dial. For Real.

Let’s get this on the table. And then clear the table. We (that includes you) are all tired of the dial not moving on community, social, and environmental challenges. At times it feels like we’re…

City of Kamloops Awards Inaugural Social Enterprise Accelerator Program Grants

Kamloops, BC – City Council has authorized the recommendations from the Social Planning Council to award the initial grants from the new Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) Program, as well as nine Social Planning Grants. The City…

SXSW Report: Start With Your Own Soil

At the end of February Brian Smith, CEO of Persephone Brewing and Rhiza Capital, discussed the importance of tilling your own soil. It took a trip to India for him to recognize this for the…

Social Innovation Key Theme in Global and Local Startup Weekends

In 2017, Social Innovation & Sustainable Development were some of the most common themes chosen around the world for Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event where participants can kickstart their entrepreneurial journey…

Purppl to Support Kamloops Social Enterprise’s with New Pilot

Purppl invites interested non-profit organizations in Kamloops to submit applications for the new 2018 Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. This year, Purppl is working with the City of Kamloops to pilot the Social Enterprise Acceleration Program…

ChangeUP: Looking Past the Logo Garden

‘We’re better together.’ Sounds a bit buzzwordy these days but let’s use it to unpack ChangeUP, the sold out social entrepreneur event coming up on Wednesday in Kelowna. The Event ChangeUP brings six local social…

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…

Giving Back May Not Solve the Problem

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving back and community needs. I’d like to build solutions from the ground up rather than waiting until I’ve made it to give back. The practice of ‘giving back’…

Buy Different, Build Communities

One of the easiest ways for you to contribute to improved community, social, and environmental outcomes is to change the way you spend your money. Social purchasing is a growing trend among individuals, organizations, and…

Social Enterprise Profile: Start Fresh

The Start Fresh Project Society is a non-profit that provides access to healthy food, outdoor activities, sustainable farming skills, cooking skills, life skills, and direct connections to meaningful employment through their Culinary Arts and Farm…

Credit Union Investment Signals Shift in Impact Investing

Celebrating investment isn’t always on the top of my list, but let’s take a look at Volinspire’s announcement from yesterday. There are some interesting indicators from an impact investing perspective. Volinspire is a social enterprise…

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…

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: 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…