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Wayblaze

Community crowdfunding platform that can be used for donations, rewards, debt, or equity campaigns that make communities better.

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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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Health & Technology District Surrey

The Health and Technology District is focused on providing real life solutions that improve the quality of life for real people, bringing advances in healthcare out of research labs and into the hands of healthcare providers and patients – delivering quality results and impact for all.

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Foundation for Entrepreneurial Canada

Dedicated to understanding and advancing entrepreneurship in Canada through education and research. It helps young entrepreneurs build their knowledge and skills.

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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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Community Micro Lending

Community Micro Lending is a non-profit society that connects local lenders to local borrowers in the Southwest BC region, and allows local lenders to strengthen the fabric of the local economy by supporting a local small-scale entrepreneur.

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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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Healthtech Innovation Foundation

HTI’s mission is to work collaboratively and collectively in support of Health related Companies and Organizations in developing Technology to solve specific Health related issues that will improve overall health outcomes for patients.

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Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

ABED works with Aboriginal entrepreneurs and its partners to provide a range of services (consulting, advisory, funding) and supports that promote the growth of a strong Aboriginal business sector in Canada.

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E-fund

E-Fund invests via teams to achieve higher returns from angel investments in BC techonology companies by leveraging the expertise of our investors.

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Alliance of Angels

The Alliance of Angels is an angel network that focuses on seed and early stage investments in a variety of market sectors within the Pacific Northwest.

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WEB Alliance

A consortium of women’s business networks in BC that serves as a resource for professional women’s groups and women in business and the trades to connect, elevate and educate the business community. Member organizations work together to utilize existing resources and services and collaborate rather than compete to serve the women of BC.

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The Raise Collective

The RAISE Collective is a community of female investors with a purpose to change the gender ratio in innovation and funding by leveling the investment playing field.

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Canada-BC Job Grant

Learn about hiring grants to build your team.

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Small Business Grants Canada

SGBC is an independent, private publishing and research organization that provides advice and information on business funding programs offered at all government tiers.

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CRA Overview

SR&ED is a federal tax credit to support research & development.

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YBI (Youth Business International)

YBI is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives that helps young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. YBI members assist under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services.

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ECO Canada

ECO Canada are building Canada’s environmental workforce, providing information on environmental news, jobs and resources.

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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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Community Futures

Community Futures provides financing alternatives to small and medium enterprises when access to credit is a challenge to starting or growing their business, as well as other services and tools to help entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their goals, including business support services, business planning advice, loans and self employment assistance.

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seCatalyst

seCatalyst is a network of people and organizations interested in building a strong social innovation and social enterprise sector on Vancouver Island.

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10 Carden

10 Carden is a community hub offering not for profit groups, businesses and individuals affordable and accessible shared space.

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Investopedia

Investopedia is the largest financial education website in the world.

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Charity Village

Connecting non-profits to potential employees.

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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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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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The Next Founders

Next Founders is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled founder development.

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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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YELP

A place to list your business for increased potential leads.

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Yellow Pages

A place to list your business for increased potential leads.

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Yahoo

A place to list your business for increased potential leads.

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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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Google

All your business information in one place.

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Canada One

A place to list your business for increased potential leads.

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Bing

A place to list your business for increased potential leads.

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411.ca

A place to list your business for increased potential leads.

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Understanding Viral Marketing

An in-depth guide to viral marketing from a technical viewpoint.

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Media Coverage

How to get media coverage for your startup.

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Launchrock

A place for startups to find customers, funding, mentors and education.

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Social Enterprise Fund

The Social Enterprise Fund provides financial support in the form of loans to organizations in Alberta that are launching or growing a social enterprise.

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Black Business Initiative

The BBI aims to positively influence the Nova Scotia business culture by promoting and assisting in the development of Nova Scotia Black-owned businesses.

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Bioenterprise Capital

Bioenterprise invests in the most promising agri-tech innovations and companies.

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AGF Global Sustainable Growth Equity

AGF invests in companies providing solutions to environmental and social problems.

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ACCESS Community Capital Fund

ACESS helps promising entrepreneurs with viable business plans gain access to financing not available through other sources. Individual loans are made using a character based lending decision, where the abilities, skills and commitment of the applicant in conjunction with the strength of the business plan are key decision criteria. ACCESS clients are typically entrepreneurs who have been running a business less than two years or are just starting a new business. The borrower may have no credit history or may have a poor credit record due to unemployment, illness or unforeseen life events. ACCESS supports individuals through the application process and beyond providing consultation, mentorship and resources.

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Island Chefs Collaborative

http://www.iccbc.ca/

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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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Community Microlending

Community Micro Lending helps local people without access to traditional financing to start and grow their business, or to obtain training.

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NEDC

NEDC strives to assist Aboriginal’s make their dreams come true and build a better future for business! NEDC provides financing and business support to Aboriginals on Vancouver Island

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The Momentum Fund

The Momentum Fund is a made-in-BC loan fund that is a stellar example of co-ops helping co-ops. All contributions to the Fund are from BCCA member co-ops. The Momentum Fund provides fully guaranteed loans from $5,000 to $25,000.

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FarmFolk CityFolk

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF), the Island Chef’s Collabrative (ICC), and Vancity have partnered to offer zero interest micro loans to local food producers. The aim of the fund is to provide capital for farmers, fishers, ranchers, harvesters and processors to invest in equipment and materials that allows them to increase the supply of local food in their region.

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Community Investment Fund

CIF invests in affordable housing and community enterprises in the region and on Vancouver Island, supporting local sustainable jobs, housing, economic and social opportunities.

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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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Community Forward Fund

The Community Forward Fund Assistance Corporation (CFFAC) is a Canadian nonprofit that makes loans to, or arranges financing for, nonprofits and charities. The Fund addresses a gap in access to patient, working capital and provides bridge loans for the sector for small- and medium-sized organizations.

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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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AgriInnovation Program

AgriInnovation Program makes two types of investments: those targeted at research and development activities that bring innovation to the sector; and those that help industry bring the results of research and development to market through adoption/commercialization.

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Shaw Rocket Fund

Shaw Rocket Fund is constantly on the lookout for investment opportunities in great Canadian audiovisual and digital programs that will fuel the imagination and intelligence of children, youth and families in Canada and abroad.

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My Great Neighbourhood Grant

The My Great Neighbourhood Grant program was created to help residents of Victoria animate public space, develop and enhance a sense of community and leave a positive legacy in our neighbourhoods.

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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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The Western Diversification Program

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives with not-for-profit organizations that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

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Rogers Fund

Rogers Fund provides support to meet the specific needs of independent producers.

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Vancouver Foundation

Vancouver Foundation grants support thousands of projects every year to help build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across BC.

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Regional District of Mount Waddington

RDMW grant for regional economic development

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Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Women Entrepreneurship Fund invests in projects that encourage and support the development of women-led Canadian companies. Individuals, businesses, and organizations with projects in Canada aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs can apply to the Women Entrepreneurship Fund to be awarded up to $3,000 per project.

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Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.

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The Canada Job Grant

The Canada Job Grant helps employers train new or existing employees for jobs that need to be filled. This flexible program is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions.

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Community Economic Development Fund

The mission of the Community Economic Development (CED) Funds is to contribute to financial security for Canadians and their communities through community economic development. The Funds support community economic development initiatives that lead to job creation and/or enhanced employability for marginalized populations.

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Creative BC

The applicant must be a BC based not for profit arts or cultural organization that is receiving support, or has received support within the past two years, from the BC Arts Council.

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The Youth Employment Program

The Youth Employment Program provides financial assistance to innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to hire post-secondary science, engineering, technology, business and liberal arts graduates. Max support of $15,000 (80% of salary) for a period of 6 to 12 months.

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Service Canada

Career Focus provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth make more informed career decisions and develop their skills. Priority is given to work experience in growth sectors.

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First Nation Regeneration Fund

The Regeneration Fund provides financing that enables First Nations to purchase equity positions in Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects developed in their traditional territories. Financing is made available as a loan to the First Nation.

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BC Arts Council – Project Assistance

The Project Assistance – Capacity and Sustainability Program is designed to assist arts and cultural organizations planning to undertake specific activities that will increase their capacity and contribute to long term sustainability.

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Engage Grants

Engage Grants are designed to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian universities and colleges by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem. To qualify, organizations must have a minimum of two full time employees or be in operation for a minimum of two years.

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The Bell Fund

The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce digital media content that complements and enhances an associated television program. Grant offers 75% of digital media production budget to a maximum of $250,000 + matching bonus of any broadcaster cash contribution to a maximum of $100,000.

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BC Tech Co-op Grants Program

The BCIC Innovator Skills Initiative is cultivating future technology leaders by bridging the innovation and entrepreneurial gap. It enables students to build desired skills for future career opportunities and inspires them to start their own companies, thereby creating quality jobs for British Columbians.

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Canada Media Fund

Through the Convergent Stream, the CMF supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content for consumption by Canadians anytime, anywhere. The convergent stream is made up of various programs and incentives that target key activities and audiences.

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Coast Capital Savings

Supporting local communities is important to Coast Capital Savings. Their promise is to help build a richer future for youth in communities and they’re looking to award Community Investment Grants to local non-profit and charitable organizations that can help them deliver on their promise.

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Tides Canada

Good people with great ideas, building solutions that promote environmental sustainability and social justice – this is what Tides looks for when selecting projects. Projects with an annual budget over $100,000 are sufficiently robust to benefit from the Tides Canada Initiatives model.

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BC Arts Council – Innovations Program

The Innovations Program supports extraordinary commissioning, research, creation, development and/or production costs incurred by B.C. arts and cultural organizations for projects that demonstrate innovation, experimentation and risk taking. Funding provided for the commissioning, research, creation, development, production and/or public presentation of new works.

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Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME)

Advocates on behalf of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in federal procurement.

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Civic Info BC

Bid on projects around BC for Municipalities.

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BCIP

The Build in Canada Innovation Program helps companies bring their innovative products and services to market.

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BC Bid

Access, create, browse and compete on public sector opportunities anytime.

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BuySmart Network

The BuySmart Network is a central hub for people in business, government and non-profit organizations who are interested in learning and collaborating to advance sustainable purchasing and supply chain transformation. The Network offers Learning Events to help your business make more sustainable purchasing decisions.

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The Watershed

A comfortable, creative and affordable work space that houses a diverse community with a variety of backgrounds and abilities.

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SpaceStation

A purpose-built, managed workspace with 3 private workspaces, coworking space, with shared amenities.

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Victoria Makerspace

A member-operated shared space where people come together and collaborate while sharing tools, resources and knowledge.

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Island Roots Market Cooperative

Island Roots Market Co-operative is a registered Community Services (Not-for-Profit) Co-operative supporting local food.

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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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Small Scale Food Processors Association

A support organization for small and medium enterprises in the food processing industry by providing leadership, education, marketing, networking and advocacy to foster success in a competitive global market.

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Acetech

BC’s only not for profit organization formed by CEOs for CEOs of companies innovating with technology. ACETECH helps CEO’s lead better, grow faster and feel empowered by offering a growth strategy program; transformative event experiences; and a trusted peer group for ongoing support.

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Women in Communication and Technology

Mentorship & education for female entrepreneurs in tech in Canada.

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Forum for Women Entrepreneurs

Mentorship & networking for female entrepreneurs.

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Endeavor

Mentorship for CEOs of companies globally – mostly developing nations.

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theDock Victoria

theDock Victoria is a home for community builders, social entrepreneurs, creatives and engaged people.

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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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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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Mentor Capital Network

Invests expertise in social entrepreneurs, connecting a global web of experts with visionary, early stage entrepreneurs who are developing mission-driven market solutions to address the world’s biggest social, economic, and environmental problems.

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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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Kauffman Foundation

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

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Rocket Hub

A social networking and technology company offering networking, funding and business growth opportunities.

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The Seed Fund

The Seed Fund invests risk capital in new and innovative startups founded by UBC students, alumni, faculty and staff. These early investments are key in helping our startups build momentum in their businesses and serves as a bridge to additional outside investment. The Seed Fund has been created through the generous charitable contributions of UBC alumni and others.

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Galiano Fund

The Fund was created by Galiano Islanders who have come together as lenders to the Fund to support borrowers in the community. Eligibility Criteria: http://galianofund.ca/page3/page3.html

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JOLT

JOLT helps founders develop great products people want and love, and build companies that refuse to stay comfortable. They provide a wide range of resources and tools for companies within consumer tech, enteprise big data etc

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Interaction Ventures

Interaction Ventures is an entrepreneur led angel fund that invests and supports early-stage entrepreneurs. They focus on ecommerce and work with technically-minded founders. Eligibility Criteria: http://www.interaction.vc/#investments

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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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Nanaimo Economic Development

Nanaimo Economic Development provides advice on business start-up, growth, and relocation. This supports local business retention and expansion, and assists new businesses to establish in the area.

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Canada Business Network

Resource for starting and running a business in Canada.

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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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Women’s Enterprise Centre

Loans, resources and professional support for female entrepreneurs in BC.

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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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Mitacs

Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world to create a more innovative Canada.

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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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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 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 enviroFund

The Vancity enviroFund program was created as a way to support innovative solutions that will advance Vancity’s vision to positively impact the environmental well-being of our members and their communities. Their goal is to create reciprocal partnerships that will further our vision of Redefining Wealth by supporting and advancing environmental sustainability. Criteria: https://www.vancity.com/AboutVancity/InvestingInCommunities/Grants/enviroFund/GuidelinesandApplicationProcess/. Criteria: Guidelines

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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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Hult Prize

World’s largest engine for the creation of for good, for profit startups emerging from universities. Flagship accelerator has a top prize of US$1M in funding.

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Innovation Island

Innovation Island is a regional driver for accelerating business success through scientific innovation and technology and supports technology-based companies to grow and succeed

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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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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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Seed Equity

Seed Equity offers equity-based crowdfunding, focusing on seed investments in early stage technology companies.

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GoFundMe

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

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Kickstarter

Global crowdsourcing platform for creative and technology campaigns (great for product launches). Only pays out if goal fully achieved.

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Indiegogo

Global crowdsourcing platform. Choose to get paid out for partially achieved goal, or only get payout when goal is fully achieved.

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Fundrazr

Canadian crowdsourcing platform; great for cause campaigns.

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Global Giving

A global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world to raise money to improve communities.

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BC Shellfish Growers Association

BCSGA has been the voice of the shellfish industry for over 55 years.

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Young Professionals of Nanaimo

A not-for-profit organization for young professionals in the Nanaimo area who wish to network, socialize and continue to develop professionally.

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The ultimate list of customer discovery questions

A great resource to get you started on defining the questions you want to ask your prospective customers and/or users of your product and/or service.

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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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Vantech Angel Network

See when people pitched. A helpful resource for investors to find the right opportunities for them.

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IAFBC

IAF delivers funding programs designed to assist the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry in British Columbia. Criteria for elegibility: http://iafbc.ca/faq/general-faq-2/

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