Innovative ways to combine business with positive impact will be front and centre at the annual conference for social entrepreneurship hosted by the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub at Sauder’s Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing.

DATE: April 1, 2015

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C.

REGISTRATION: Register here


The conference brings together the business community, students, social entrepreneurs and policy makers, connected by the desire to make a positive impact through business. Participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions to explore how social ventures are re-imagining business for impact and how mature businesses are redefining their business models and strategies to incorporate impact into their organizations.

The keynote speakers include social entrepreneur Farah Mohamed, chia-based food entrepreneur Janie Hoffman, business culture consultant Flip Brown and impact investor Beau Seil.

Farah MohamedMohamed is the founder and CEO of G(irls)20, which empowers women and girls in order to cultivate a new generation of leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences. They host an annual G20-style summit bringing together one young woman from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East and North Africa region. G(irls)20 also provides advice to G20 leaders on how to engage girls and women to reach growth targets.

The one-day conference will include talks about innovation, business and impact by Mohamed, Hoffman and Brown, as well as sessions on going from ideas to impact, the accelerator model, cracking the market, and re-thinking the investment paradigm to maximize positive impact. There will also be a social venture showcase featuring the five ventures in the 2015 cohort of the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub, a year-long accelerator for startups dedicated to enacting positive social and environmental change.

Speaker bios and a full schedule are available at the event’s website.