The organizations selected for the 2014 program are:
Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Fresh Roots builds and maintains neighbourhood market gardens with institutions and neighbours. The food we grow is sold back into the community and the space becomes a place for learning and engagement. We help institutions transform their spaces into community focal points, bringing together multicultural and intergenerational communities to learn, celebrate or simply experience the joy and wonder of growing, and eating, food.
Mealshare allows you to share a meal with someone in need when you dine out. When a customer chooses a Mealshare item from a participating restaurants’ menu, a meal will be donated to a person in need. Mealshare donates to international and local charities in their efforts to help the millions of people who are food insecure globally.
Natural Source Vending
Natural Source Vending designs, builds and manages, free-to-staff nutritious food stations, providing offices with high quality, locally sourced and all-natural snacks to keep employees energized. Natural Source Vending is strongly commitment to the environment. All food service equipment is not only high quality but also Energy Star rated, and all facilities are powered by wind.
Shifting Growth Garden Society
Shifting Growth Garden Society has a mission to transform vacant spaces into temporary community gardens and growing spaces. They are becoming part of the solution for the long waitlists for the city’s community gardens. Shifting Growth can fill any vacant commercial and private property with removable garden beds, instantaneously creating a temporary community garden for the neighborhood.
Skipper Otto’s is a Community Supported Fishery that connects local independent catchers directly to consumers, cutting out middlemen and increasing the income of the fishers. The CSF researches and educates both ends of the supply chain about the conditions for each type of fish to ensure sustainable yield each season without damaging the ecosystem.
The organizations selected for the 2013 program are:
Change Heroes is an online fundraising platform that helps people engage their friends to fundraise for schools and libraries to support education in developing countries. With customized and personalized videos, engagement through social media and a cause young people can relate to, Change Heroes aims to increase the philanthropic activity in this demographic.
Goodforks (previously SeaMarket) supports a new sustainable food system and advocates savvy consumerism to create wealthier, healthier and happier communities.
Goodforks goal is to empower and promote organizations to get back-to-basics in a way that accelerates their business and makes communities thrive. Through implementing human-centered design, they strive to shape the new future of food. Goodforks is deeply rooted in the belief that food systems have the power to change the economic viability of communities. Food should taste good and do good, too. "We work with growers to help facilitate their successful entry into the retail environment. Through a new way of thinking we are truly shifting the way traditional food producers conduct business. Through 360 degree consulting, our services range from marketing, design, advocacy, retailer relations, research and sales."
Connect Health is pioneering a model of integrative medicine, providing effective whole person care by combining the best conventional medicine and complementary approaches. This approach is proactive, offering the best preventative strategies to maintain good health. Connect Health is developing an innovative model that makes this type of healthcare is accessible to everyone.
SHIFT URBAN CARGO DELIVERY
Shift is transforming the urban goods movement by using pedal powered trike vehicles for last-mile deliveries in the downtown core, eliminating congestion and pollution. Shift is a worker co-op providing empowering employment for young people within the green economy.
CleanStart BC is a hoarding management and junk removal company that seeks to empower people with barriers to employment. We hire people with physical or psychological health challenges from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) to provide quality service. Each of our staff is professionally trained. We are fully licensed, insured, and Worksafe BC covered. We use biodegradable products and are committed to recycling and donating as much as possible.
Victory Gardens provides garden infrastructure for any kind of space, helping people rethink urban space and bring food to where it didn’t exist before. Victory Gardens also provides educational tools to make organic growing easy and accessible, and increases consumer awareness and education around food and urban food systems.
The vision for the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub is to propel social entrepreneurship forward in BC, establish the province as a world class centre for social innovation and social venture development, and create a dynamic and supportive space for social ventures to grow.
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub is designed for ventures wanting to embrace social innovation while using business models to create impact in society. The accelerator program brings together early stage social ventures with BC’s social innovators, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, faculty, alumni, and students to:
- Accelerate the growth of promising social ventures and the impact they create
- Increase the number of social ventures focused on tackling social and environmental issues facing our communities
- Build the skills and networks of social entrepreneurs
- Provide applied learning opportunities for the top students in the province and build the talent pipeline for the social venture sector
- Promote economic, social and environmental change in BC communities
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub is an accelerator program designed to support high potential social ventures so that they create deep and long lasting social impact in their communities, the world of business, and society at large.
The Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub provides promising social ventures with:
- A co-working space
- A workshop series tailored to the unique needs of social ventures
- Access to knowledge capital from the ISIS Research Centre and the Sauder School of Business
- Peer learning and support
- Business coaching and advisory services
- Mentorship from industry experts
- A full-time student intern during the summer period
- Opportunities for exposure and access to networks
| This program is made possible by the generous support of
Propelling Social Ventures brings together social entrepreneurs, the business community, policy makers, and innovators to explore how social ventures are developing from ideas to real impact in British Columbia, Canada, and beyond. Join us for thought provoking discussions about these topics and many others.
Upcoming: Propelling Social Ventures 2015, April 1, 2015
Propelling Social Ventures 2014: From Ideas to Impact, April 15, 2014
You are passionate about social ventures and so are we. If your venture meets the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub social venture accelerator program:
The primary mission of your venture is to create social or environmental impact on individuals or communities.
An innovative idea
You have an innovative product, service or approach to address a social or environmental problem or are applying an existing approach in an innovative way.
You launched your business in the last 1-3 years and see that your business has great potential. You have a plan for your venture to become financially sustainable – generate sufficient revenue to operate, grow, and repay any investors.
Your venture takes into consideration the impact of its operations on the environment, people, and communities in which it operates.
You are able to prove that your venture’s activities create real and measurable impact.
Stage of Venture
Ventures must be in operation for a minimum of one and no more than three years.
The Venture can take any legal form.
Individual entrepreneurs or founding teams of up to three may apply.
Entrepreneurs must be willing and able to work out of the accelerator’s co-working space (221-181 Keefer Place, Vancouver) for a 12month period (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015) and participate in all program activities.
There is no cost to participate in the program but we ask for a commitment to all the program's components.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, we want to hear from you!
To apply for the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub accelerator program, please submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 5, 2014