TRICO Presents: The World of Social Entrepreneurship

Imagination is a powerful tool. Partner it with design and engineering and you’ve got a combination that can transform – and solve — the most complex of social issues. This year during Beakerhead, meet six founders, engineers and designers tackling social issues through ingenious entrepreneurial endeavors.

Kudo’s from Oprah to ABC’s Shark Tank, Forbes Magazine and B-Corp; growing from 100 units a month to 10,000; hitting revenue of $5 Million; responding to over 270 disasters and humanitarian crises in over 95 countries – these social entrepreneurs have seen it all.

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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.
Post-Conference Reports
Doing Business Differently in Calgary

Doing Business Differently in Calgary

As part of the Enough For All, a cohort of stakeholders came together to understand how they each support social entrepreneurship in Calgary. Working collectively, the cohort met in depth with nine social ventures and interviewed three others. The intent was to understand the wider social entrepreneurship support system in Calgary while seeking to strengthen the supports available to local social entrepreneurs.

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TRICO Presents: The World of Social Entrepreneurship

TRICO Presents: The World of Social Entrepreneurship

Imagination is a powerful tool. Partner it with design and engineering and you’ve got a combination that can transform – and solve — the most complex of social issues. This year during Beakerhead, meet six founders, engineers and designers tackling social issues through ingenious entrepreneurial endeavors.

read more

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Alberta's Resilient Communities 2014 AB Social Enterprise Sector Survey
ENP
Enterprising Non-Profits Canada Stories of Canadian Social Enterprises
SEWF
Revisit the coverage and videos from the Social Enterprise World Forum 2013

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