Entrepreneur Education

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Vancity Are You Ready to Start a Business? Tools & Resources

A number of online tools and resources to help you advance a social enterprise or social purpose real estate initiative.

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Spring Sales Workshop

A 5-hour intensive course to help companies build a sales process, understand the process of selling Business to Business (B2B), and providing fundamental sales training on techniques and methodologies.

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Investopedia

Investopedia is the largest financial education website in the world.

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Youth Social Innovation

YSI is an impact investing fund that supports young entrepreneurs and their impactful ventures.

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Centre for Social Innovation

CSI is catalysing social innovation in Toronto and globally, through co-working space and a community, and is currently home to over 1000 non-profits.

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Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia is a seed stage investor and advisory firm that works with scalable impact- businesses and provides financial support as well as mentorship, executive team creation & coaching, strategy development, operational guidance and support through successive rounds of financing.

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BCIC

BC Innovation Council (BCIC) encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. They accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs.

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Manta

One of the largest online resources dedicated to small business delivering products, services and educational opportunities to help business owners become more competitive in their respective industries.

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SOCAP

Network of impact investors + entrepreneurs, that culminates in a global annual conference in San Francisco

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Social Venture Network

Network of impact investors + entrepreneurs, focused on larger businesses (less startups).

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Social Innovation Generation

A collaboration partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, MaRS Discovery District, PLAN Institute and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR).Blog with information on social innovation in Canada.

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Canadian Social Enterprise Forum

The Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation brings a fresh, innovative, high impact and energetic contribution to the Social Entrepreneurship field. It’s focus on education, mentorship, networking and resourcing is critical to the growth of a flourishing social economy in Canada.

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THNK School of Creative Leadership

Accelerates the development of creative leaders through learning programs; suitable for senior management in growth- and mature-stage organizations.

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.

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VIATeC

Connecting people, knowledge, and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector,

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Groundswell

Groundswell is a training network for people starting alternatives-to-business together, and recreating the economy based on values of community and social impact.

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Vancouver Island and Coast Communities Indigenous Food Network

The Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities Indigenous Foods Network (VICCIFN) is a collective of passionate and dedicated members with a shared vision of a healthy future based upon reconnecting with First Nations cultural teachings and practices.

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Clarity

A platform helping you find customers, funding, press and mentors.

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Start-Up Nanaimo

Startup Nanaimo is a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources, and programming.

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Entrepreneur Organization

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts.

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Ashoka

To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.

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BC Tech Association

Provides opportunities for the tech industry to collaborate, learn, and grow together and serves as a platform to grow the tech ecosystem, building programs and initiatives that uphold the core values: Be of Service, Succeed Together, Pay it Forward.

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Canadian Association of Family Enterprise

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise is a member driven National Association that is passionately committed to assisting families in business and building their pivotal contribution to the economy of Canada.

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C100

A short-term, intensive Silicon Valley program for technology-centric businesses at the starting and growing stages.

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Venture Acceleration Program: Kast

The Venture Acceleration Program delivers a structured approach to growing a company using the Venture Growth Model with ongoing, coaching and workshops with experienced Executives in Residence (EIRs).

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Venture Acceleration Program: Accelerate Tectoria

VAP is a ‘paid-for’ structured venture development service designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious early-stage technology entrepreneurs. It is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EIRs) and supported by a province-wide network of mentors.

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Kauffman Foundation

A selection of blogs with insights into developments within the entrepreneurship and education fields.

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MarS Library

A collection of articles, templates, reference guides, and other entrepreneur resources.

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How to Start a Startup

Step by step guide on setting up your start up.

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Business Model Canvas

A simple one page business model template to help map out business viability.

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Guide to Financing for Social Enterprise

Resources supporting social enterprises in Canada through expanding market opportunities, promoting and demonstrating the impact, create a supportive regulatory framework, enhancing enterprise skills, ensuring access to capital and investment and animating networks and engagement.

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The Sprint

TenX is a global business accelerator that helps business owners and entrepreneurs learn & apply great business principles, through interactive peer mentorship & advising.

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The Generator

A funder of programs and activities that increase employment through the growth and profitability of technology companies in British Columbia supporting them through technology industry associations, educators and mentors.

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Communitech

A hub that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies at all stages of growth and development from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies and large global players.

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Tricelerate

Tricelerate aims to impact the economic development of the Tri-Cities by accelerating the growth of entrepreneurs through leveraging the communities’ resources and provide impactful programming and business resources.

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The Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council

A non-profit society that provides programming and events targeted at businesses, communities and students/educators related to science, technology and innovation.

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Vancity’s New Business Toolkit

A number of online tools and resources to help you advance a social enterprise or social purpose real estate initiative.

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Vancity Are You Ready to Start a Business?

This presentation is designed to help you learn about the business landscape in B.C.; review what influences lasting success; discover if you’re ready to weather the risks to reap the potential rewards.

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Vancity Growing Your Values-Based Business

With our values-based partners, we’ve put together some recommendations, tips and resources to help you grow your business in our local economy.

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Vancity’s basic business planning form

A form and accompanying guide to help you think through the elements of a good business plan. Providing resources including links, a sales forecast and a cash-flow forecast tutorial.

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Vancity’s basic guide to business planning

Compiled by Vancity’s microfinance team, this guide offers information to provide a general overview of what Vancity’s microfinance team looks for in business plans that they receive.

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Vancity Ten Things a Lender Looks for in a Business Plan

Is your plan on the right track? Lenders are most likely to approve financing when your plan: Defines potential risks; Highlights your managerial skills; Includes clear financial projections.

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Vancity Business Tips for Entrepreneurs

Vancity sees hundreds of business plans each year from new and aspiring entrepreneurs and have narrowed five areas in the business plan that entrepreneurs may skimp on research or not spend enough time on. This business plan series shares tips on each of these five areas to help you and your business succeed. Apply the tips in this series and join us at our free small business workshops to help you create a great plan.

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Vancity Getting Inside a Lender’s Head

A four-part Vancity video series for entrepreneurs who are considering seking a small buisness loan.

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Vancity Each One, Grow One

Business skills for smart start-ups. If you’re a new entrepreneur, Vancity’s Each One, Grow One seminars will give you the information and tools you need to help make your young business flourish.

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Entrepreneurship@UBC

E@UBC offers both e@UBC Accelerator and e@UBC Accelerator for Genomics and Life Sciences. Both are for UBC students only and equip participants the skills and tools needed to increase their chances of success.

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Zen Launchpad

North Shore’s first accelerator & collaborative workspace. Services include entrepreneurship and tech boot camps, collaborative workspace and more.

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