What We Do / Change Up

A Social Enterprise Pitch Event

Change Up is a pitch style event for social enterprises to share their stories and solutions to some of our toughest community, social, and environmental challenges.

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What is Change UP?

Change Up is an annual pitch style event. The evening event typically includes six social enterprise pitches, an inspiring keynote, excellent networking, and local food and drink.

The audience votes for a crowd favourite. Purppl also selects two social enterprises to earn a highly subsidized spot in our Scale Up acceleration program.

Achieving Social Objectives

For the Social Entrepreneur

Share Your Story

Apply to present on stage at Change Up. Share your story about your business model and your impact model. Connect with a community of social entrepreneurs, wantrepreneurs, partners, customers, investors, and more.

Ask for Help

ChangeUP opportunity to ask for help. It’s not about the money – it’s about finding mentors, business partners, impact partners, customers, champions, and more. Make sure the community knows how they can help your sustainable impact model.

For the Community

Learn, Connect, Reflect

Learn about local social enterprises. Connect with other people who are interested in social enterprise and social innovation. Reflect on how you could play a part in building an ecosystem to support social enterprise development.

Support Social Enterepreneurs

Listen to the social entrepreneurs, their business models, and their impact models. As a community, we can all dig in to help in different ways. Can you buy, partner volunteer, sponsor, donate, invest, or even just share their story?

Since 2013

Social Enterprises Presented
Attendees Educated & Inspired
Social Enterprises Accelerated

Some Past Presenters

30 social enterprises have presented over the last five years. These social entrepreneurs are building sustainable solutions to big challenges like housing for everyone, food and water security, economic empowerment, accessible transportation, and climate change.

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Trellis - Purppl clients and alumni for social enterprise acceleration
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan - Purppl Scale Up Program clients and alumni
Current Taxi - Purppl success stories and alumni
Start Fresh Kitchen - Purppl community and social impact alumni
Kelowna Women's Shelter - Ending Abuse. Building Hope. Purppl clients and alumni valued partnership.

Past Keynote Speakers

2019 Keynote Speakers

Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon is a Founding Partner of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, at $98m assets under management. Investing in Organics and EnviroTech in Canada and the USA, Renewal Funds is GIIRS-rated, a founding Canadian B Corp (5x “Best for the World”), a “1% for the Planet” member, recognized as ImpactAssets “Top 50 impact fund managers.”

Dana Bass Solomon

Dana Bass Solomon led Hollyhock for 18 years as CEO of the west coast Canada-based and renowned lifelong learning organization. Hollyhock supports creative cultural and social entrepreneur networks. She has 30+ years of senior leadership and management in programs, facilities, and hospitality.

2019 Event Photos

We’re Looking for Partners

Change Up in a mechanism for social enterprises to earn a subsidized spot in Purppl’s Scale Up Social enterprise acceleration program. We’re looking for great corporate partners who want to help build an ecosystem to support social enterprise development.

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Education + Events

SoFun Workshop

(SoFun) is a full-day workshop for people who want to learn about building sustainable business models and sustainable social impact models.
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