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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 Founder’s Mastermind

The Facilitated Peer Roundtables at Spring are aimed to accelerate the launch and growth of early-stage startups.

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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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Spring Funding Workshop

A five-hour workshop designed to provide the training, tools, and knowledge to ensure that founders can raise the right money at the right time for their companies.

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Futurepreneur

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39 for the last 2 decades.

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Building Technology Innovations

BT Innovations’ mission is to accelerate and maximize the positive impact of innovative solutions in the real estate and construction industry. They specialize in helping companies of all sizes which are developing sustainable technologies and market innovations in the real estate and construction industry.

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Innoweave

Innoweave helps community organisations learn about assessing, implementing and understanding impacts

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SVP Vancouver

Social Venture Partners is an international network of engaged philanthropists who invest time, money and professional expertise in local non-profits.

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The Social Enterprise Council of Canada

SECC is an alliance of social enterprise leaders who leverage their networks, knowledge and experience in order to build a strong and enabling environment for social enterprise.

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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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Good Company Ventures

Good Company Ventures is an accelerator designed for social entrepreneurs. Throughout the 12-week program entrepreneurs are guided through a series of expert and instructor panels, tactical workshops, peer-to-peer critique, and one-on-one coaching, culminating in an investor pitch event.

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The Sorenson Impact Center

SGII can provide early and growth stage businesses with comprehensive investment and value add due diligence. They seek long term partnerships in a variety of industries.

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Pique Ventures

Pique Ventures is an impact investment and management company enabling a diverse investor community. They provide services to business leaders and organizations in the impact investment and alternative investment industries.

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VERGE

VERGE connects impact investors with local social / environmental enterprises that have a social or environmental mission at their core. Through their Social Enterprise Loan Fund and intermediary services, they will promote the growth of social enterprises and impact investors in London and surrounding counties.

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Investor Flow

Investor flow is an online network where impact investors can hear about deals that fit their particular interests, vetted by fellow investors. All the deals are posted by investors seeking co-investors, not by entrepreneurs or fund managers.

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Enable Impact

Enable Impact offers accredited investors access to private syndicates and curated deals, and helps social entrepreneurs raise capital in a more targeted and efficient way. It is a conduit and catalyst to activate incremental capital into the impact sector – helping to grow businesses that have a social purpose and mission – in a more efficient and effective way.

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Impak Finance

Canada’s first socially responsible and digital bank that offers loans and investments dedicated exclusively to the Canadian impact economy and

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Investors Circle

Investor’s Circle looks for enterprises that are both for-profit and offer social and/or environmental solutions. IC companies strive to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges through creative, sustainable and scalable business models.

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Blended Value

Helpful resource that dives into the impact investing realm.

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Propellor Advisors

Advisors to Social Enterprises.

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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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Hubcap

B.C.’s online social innovation community, a place to find tools and resources, learn about new and ongoing social innovation projects, and connect with innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, funders, and public policy makers.

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SiG Knowledge Hub

Information on social innovation in Canada and guidance for various stakeholders.

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A Social Innovation Primer

A useful reference document with a background on social innovation.

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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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B Corp

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Globally unified, their goal is to redefine success in business.

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MaRS

A comprehensive guide to the spectrum of capital raising as an impact business

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BDC Capital

BDC Capital is a subsidiary of BDC and offers a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital. They operate several venture funds dedicated to IT, healthcare, energy technology among other segments.

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Khosla

Khosla invests in entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving challenging, intractable socio-economic problems through science, technology, and design or through creative business models.

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Omega Funds

Omega funds acquires and/or invests in later stage companies in the healthcare sector.

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SVX

The SVX is a local, impact first platform connecting impact ventures, funds, and investors in order to catalyze new debt and equity investment capital for local ventures that have demonstrable social and/or environmental impact, including nonprofits, co-operatives, and for-profit corporations.

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Vanedge Capital

Vanedge Capital is a $165M early stage venture capital fund based in Vancouver, BC. Their focus is gaming and digital media, enterprise infrastructure and security, and small enterprise SaaS solutions.

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RBC Generator

The RBC Generator is a $10-million pool of capital for investment in businesses that tackle social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial return.

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Investco

Investco acquires interests in promising North American companies specializing in renewable energy, water, sustainable agriculture, and clean technologies. They focus primarily on high-growth companies with lasting competitive advantages and require companies to have over $2 million in revenues.

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Renewal Funds

Renewal Funds invests in change by supporting businesses at the forefront of social and environmental innovation.

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Arborview Capital

Arborview Capital is focused on partnering with management teams to create significant value over 3 to 5 year investment periods. They focus on the industries of energy efficiency, resource efficiency, and renewable energy.

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Mulago

Mulago’s goal is to serve those who create change in the world. They fund early stage organizations and proven solutions ready for scaling that are creating measurable impact.

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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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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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LOCO BC

LOCO BC is a non-profit local business alliance working to strengthen communities, grow the local economy and build strong, sustainable businesses by encouraging a shift in local purchasing by consumers, businesses and institutions/government.

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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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Vancity Social Enterprise (SE) Portfolio Program

Vancity Community Foundation has established a portfolio program to provide multi-year grants and mentorship for social enterprises that have growth potential. Applications for this program are by invite only. This is a collaborative program between Vancity and Vancity Community Foundation.

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Vancity Small Business Loans

Vancity offers two type of microloans: Peerloans and Microloans. Peerloans have a limit of $10,000 and Microloans may go up to $75,000. Microloans are directed at those who do not qualify or do not need a conventional loan. Instead of credit history they look at ambition, character and determination.

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Vancity Microloans for Green Businesses

Microloans for start-up entrepreneurs developing green businesses or working on green technologies to be launched.

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Vancity Community Foundation

VCF buildS healthy communities, where cooperative principles and practices are flourishing and social justice and environmental sustainability are enhanced, by providing financial support to social enterprises, supporting community organisations and investing in impact real estate initiatives.

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Vancity Resilient Capital Program

Provides subordinated debt, mezzanine financing, convertible debentures or equity investments.

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Spring

A global start up school for entrepreneurs who want to do better business. From the idea stage, to launching, growing and raising capital, Spring supports entrepreneurs on their journey.

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Radius SFU

Radius offers a selection of Acceleration Programs for impact focused individuals.

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Sauder S3i – Innovation hub

The accelerator program brings together early stage social ventures with BC’s social innovators, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, faculty, alumni, and students. It provides, a co-working space, workshops, knowledge capital from the Sauder S3i Research Centre, coaching, mentorship, and peer learning.

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GoFundMe

The world’s largest social fundraising platform for personal causes and life-events.

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The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation in close collaboration with stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

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Board of Change

Board of Change works to engage the business sector in the integration of sustainability into business practices and economic thinking. As a founding member of the Board of Change, Vancity recognizes the value of advancing Vancouver’s local, green economy.

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Pacific Impact Investors Network

The Pacific Impact Investors Network provides members with support through each stage of the impact investment process

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Toniic

Toniic is the global action community for impact investors. Their members are committed to promoting a just and sustainable economy by investing to address global challenges with companies who have a total revenue of $50K+ excluding grants.

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