Propelling Social Ventures Conference 2013


Propel Conference

Online registration is now closed. We can accept cheques at the door (no cash, debit or credit). Please make cheques payable to the Sauder S3i Research Centre.

Social ventures are companies or organizations that seek to create measurable social and environmental impact through a business and revenue model. This combination creates long lasting social or environmental impact that is achieved in a financially sustainable way.  Through the social venture model, the business sector plays an important role in creating social and environmental benefit for society.

Around the world social ventures are demonstrating the impact and social innovation that can be created through business models. But there is still a lot of untapped potential. We’ve seen what social ventures can achieve; now we want to see more social ventures creating impact.

Propelling Social Ventures 2013 will bring together social entrepreneurs, the business community and social innovators to explore how various stakeholders can contribute to more social venture activity in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond. Join us for two days of thought provoking discussions with social entrepreneurs and innovators.

Who should attend Propelling Social Ventures?

Business community – Learn how you can increase the impact of your business through partnerships with social ventures

Social Entrepreneurs – Meet other social entrepreneurs  and hear their experience and advice. Meet organizations looking to engage with social ventures.

Investors – Hear from investors about their experience investing in social ventures and meet some of Vancouver’s most promising social entrepreneurs.

Students – Learn what social ventures are all about and find out how you can engage with ventures as a student or in your career. Meet social entrepreneurs and other students passionate about the business of impact.

Government and policy makers – Get to know various models of social ventures and the impact they create in their communities and hear their thoughts on how governments can engage with social ventures to create more impact in our city and province.

Nonprofit and social sector organizations - Hear from social entrepreneurs creating impact through business models and explore ways that nonprofit and social sector organizations can partner with social ventures to increase impact and financial sustainability.

Social Enterprise intermediaries – Social entrepreneurs will share their experiences starting and scaling social ventures and discuss the types of intermediary support can help social ventures to grow and scale their impact.

The first annual Propelling Social Ventures 2013 Conference is brought to you by the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub. As part of the Sauder S3i Research Center at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, the CCS Innovation Hub is a newly launched accelerator program for promising social ventures in BC. The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub offers a dynamic space to accelerate social venture growth by bringing together university resources, access to new networks, peer learning, and improved investment readiness. The Innovation Hub is defined by its passionate community and collaborative environment.