We’re extremely excited to announce a new addition to Startup Communities: Startup Social Enterprise! Driven by Social Venture Circuit, Startup Social Enterprise offers impact-driven founders with strategic resources to grow. Our newest community offers dedicated spaces to connect with like-minded changemakers and subject matter experts. In addition, they aim to bring more clarity and collaboration to Canada’s growing social enterprise sector.
A word from our new Community Leader
“According to the Social Impact Report in 2020, 40% of entrepreneurs are interested in having an impact-driven enterprise and it’s growing,” said Zahra Qureshi, Community Leader at Startup Social Enterprise.
“The passion from social entrepreneurs when building on their vision is so energizing. However, it is also very challenging for them to manage it all; many constantly worry about how to operate and fund sustainably. I would love to see these challenges become easier in the coming years and a thriving social enterprise sector that can effectively apply market-based mechanisms to actively provide solutions for social, cultural, and environmental challenges.”
Bridging social entrepreneurship in Canada
Canada has been sorely lacking a focus on social enterprises and entrepreneurs within the space. However, social entrepreneurship provides the intersection between innovation and social impact that is crucial to sustainable economic development. Likewise, the inception of Startup Social Enterprise marks a commitment to empower the social enterprise ecosystem in Canada and its entrepreneurs. Additionally, you can learn about our newest community on their website.
Startup Communities is Startup Canada’s flagship program that supports and connects grassroots networks for entrepreneurship at the local and industry level. Startup Communities brings local entrepreneurship organizations for collaboration, connects local entrepreneurs with a national network, and provides entrepreneurs with opportunities. Find a local Startup Community in your area or start a community yourself.