Beakerhead Panel

How Doing Good in the World is Great Business

Click here to read more about a panel discussion that will bring together an eclectic and inspirational collection of entrepreneurial organizations that are showing how directly taking on the world’s biggest challenges is good business. They are reimagining food, energy, packaging materials; all the while winning awards, securing financing and building markets. During the panel you will hear how they transitioned from idea to company, about their first pitch, when ‘the wheels almost came off’ and much more!

We see the value of social + financial.

At its core, social entrepreneurship uses markets and new ideas to solve social problems. Regardless of whether it’s an individual or an organization, regardless of their choice of incorporation- non-profit or for-profit, these elements are the driving force.

We support social entrepreneurship.

We are a private foundation that believes in supporting social entrepreneurship through programmatic, grant making, and partnership approaches. We take a systems view to every decision we make and foster social entrepreneurship by supporting the ecosystem and providing social entrepreneurs with capacity building resources.

We are entrepreneurial.

We believe in making social entrepreneurship mainstream. We know we can’t do it alone. Which is why we don’t just fund organizations; we work with them and learn with them to move the sector forward, taking risks along the way.
ENP Alberta

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta (enp-ab) began in 2011 and is a collaborative program that provides matching grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations to support the development or growth of their social enterprises (i.e., revenue generating businesses). Enp holds social enterprise workshops in the spring and fall for non-profit organizations wanting to learn more about social enterprise and how to gain access to enp grants from Trico Charitable Foundation for business planning projects.
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Social EnterPrize

Social EnterPrize

The Social EnterPrize awards were created to recognize and celebrate leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship across Canada.  The awards look for the best practices, social impact and innovation of organizations and their social entrepreneurial strategies.The awards are presented bi-annually and provide organizations with award funds that can be used to take their social enterprise to the next level.  The awards were last presented in 2013 at the Social Enterprise World Forum and will be awarded in 2015.
Presented @ Social Finance Forum 2015

Social Enterprise World Forum 2013

We were honoured to host SEWF 2013. It made history in a number of ways- it was a first for Canada and attracted a record number of speakers and attendees (1,000 individuals from more than 30 countries and over 100 speakers from 20 countries)- but we are most proud of the quality of the discussions on Skills Building, Social Finance, Indigenous Social Enterprise, Collaboration, Policy and Research, and Social Innovation.
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How Doing Good in the World is Great Business

How Doing Good in the World is Great Business

On September 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Calgary’s Glenbow Museum Theatre (130 9 Ave SE) will see a remarkable panel discussion that will bring together an eclectic and inspirational collection of entrepreneurial organizations that are showing how directly taking on the world’s biggest challenges is good business. They are reimagining food, energy, packaging materials; all the while winning awards, securing financing and building markets. During the panel you will hear how they transitioned from idea to company, about their first pitch, when ‘the wheels almost came off’ and much more. Entitled “How Doing Good in the World is Great Business”, the panel will be hosted by Dave Kelly of Callback Corporate Entertainment Inc. and will include a box lunch made by chef Nicole Gomes from Canada’s Top Chef. More information about the entrepreneurs is below and registration is available here: http://beakerhead.com/event/how-doing-good-in-the-world-is-great-business/. There is second reason this event is remarkable, and important for Calgary. It is co-produced by Trico Charitable Foundation and Beakerhead. Beakerhead has proven to be masters at producing an iconic event that celebrates the mash up of science, engineering and art. This co-production asks if there is local interest in taking that one step further and using Beakerhead as a marque Calgary event that celebrates how science, engineering and art can come together to solve the world’s problems. This, in turn, raises the exciting possibility of using such an annual event to advance, perhaps even galvanize, our city’s efforts to support and lead in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and social innovation. More about the Event: Ecovative is revolutionizing the foam packaging and building materials industries by... read more
From Alliance Magazine: Foundations’ overreliance on management may obscure social justice goals

From Alliance Magazine: Foundations’ overreliance on management may obscure social justice goals

The conversation that defines civil society is unique to each country, to the role of the state, to the role of the family and community, and to the role of the market.  In North America we tend to mute this conversation and focus instead on our managerial style of inputs, outputs and outcomes.  We manage social issues, and we wonder why social issues manage to continue.  We discuss the strategies, the organizations, and the rules. In examining the social contract, we see the interplay between the protection of civil society and the fair management of its institutions to allow for the social cohesion and economic sustainability of communities. The complicated work of social change can fit tidily neither into a box nor a sector.  However, by devising a non-profit sector to carry the bulk of this work, North America has created a scapegoat – a sector that can be blamed when social justice attempts fail. Stanford Social Innovation Review recently ran an article asking ‘are non-profits getting in the way of social change?’  Through quotes from private foundations, Paul Klein asserted that these funders crave more innovative solutions and more rigorous approaches. The foundations, he said, also would like to see proof of impact, leading to a conclusion that non-profits are losing their monopoly on social change. To read an article where foundations were wagging their fingers to say ‘not good enough’ shows us how little we consider the type of civil society that we have built. Dare we ask about their complicity in building a non-profit sector that now they do not seem to enjoy? Is our narrative... read more
Alberta’s resilient communities highlighted in 2014 Alberta Social Enterprise Sector Survey

Alberta’s resilient communities highlighted in 2014 Alberta Social Enterprise Sector Survey

Alberta’s growing cities, rural communities share a common bond: an entrepreneurial mindset for social good [Calgary, Canada] – Research released today by Mount Royal University, Simon Fraser University and Trico Charitable Foundation shows that communities across the province, in urban and rural environments, are active in and benefit from social enterprise. The Alberta-wide research marks the third installment of a survey seeking to better understand the profile and activities of social enterprises in Alberta. The timing of the research is complemented by the recent Alberta Speech from the Throne which articulates a need for both urban and rural community issues to be at the forefront of a new government mandate. The survey research shows a strong role for social enterprise across the province by enabling employment, generating volunteerism, and creating social capital for the development of healthy, resilient communities. Social enterprises are business ventures owned or operated by a non-profit organization selling goods or providing services into the market for the purpose of creating a blended return on investment, both financial and social/environmental/cultural. The survey, based on over one hundred social enterprises across the province, examines how social enterprises in Alberta engage in their communities. In addition to the survey responses, Trico Foundation has helped advance the 2014 Alberta Social Enterprise Survey through the inclusion of interviews with key intermediaries around the province and questions to advance the field. The results uncover that many social enterprises are community-based, community-driven, and have strong social and cultural missions. Social enterprises in Alberta revealed that they are most likely to operate at the scale of a neighbourhood or local community (60%), at... read more
Liam Black A to Z: Author Runs Gamut in Calgary

Liam Black A to Z: Author Runs Gamut in Calgary

In Liam Black’s book The Social Entrepreneur’s A to Z, he states “never believe what is said or written about you”. It was 2010 and we wandered over from the Skoll World Forum to check out the happenings at this small, new, funky Oxford Jam event.  Wandering between the little rooms of the Oxford Jam Factory, our journey was stunted by an event taking place – many people in a very small room, listening to an animated tall man.  We didn’t know the tall man was Liam Black was until we saw him add his business card to the the clothes line of cards.  All we knew is that he was the most honest speaker on social entrepreneurship that we’d ever heard. Five years forward – That is why, when an opportunity arose to have Black visit Calgary, Alberta, Canada, we didn’t take the easy route.  Easy would have been to take a renowned social entrepreneur, who is also a Brit (UK is rightly seen as a leader in the social entrepreneurship space) and a recent author; slap together a basic speaking event; have him come; he will, at least to some degree, conquer; and then on to the next event.  But ‘easy’ is not exactly the way of social entrepreneurs, and it certainly is not the modus operandi of Liam Black.   While there is a literal A to Z in Black’s new book, there is a wealth of insights told through the journey of someone who has gone from A to Z, the figurative gamut, of the social entrepreneur movement. We worked hard to take advantage of... read more

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Alberta's Resilient Communities 2014 AB Social Enterprise Sector Survey
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