Moving Past Add-ons and Division: Social x Entrepreneurship

What we need is a formula that recognizes the core elements of social entrepreneurship, moves us past the mentality of the simple ‘add on’, and celebrates the exponential power of social entrepreneurship when the core elements are truly blended into a mutual and synergistic whole.

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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.
The World of Social Entrepreneurship Insights

The World of Social Entrepreneurship Insights

The Trico Charitable Foundation is committed to this program as we believe that by bringing some of the best and brightest examples of social entrepreneurship from around the world to Calgary will help galvanize the local the conversation, bring business opportunities to YYC and, perhaps most importantly, showcase amazing local social ventures and help them gain the insights they need to take their efforts to the next level.

Here are some key insights from the 2016 edition of The World of Social Entrepreneurship.

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Calling all Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions: the Global Challenge is Coming to Canada. Register your school!

Calling all Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions: the Global Challenge is Coming to Canada. Register your school!

The Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford; RECODE, an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; and the Trico Charitable Foundation, are partnering to bring the Global Challenge to Canada. We’re inviting Canadian higher education institutions to run the Global Challenge at their school, with the support of tools provided by the Skoll Centre. The Global Challenge offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn more about the issues they care about and present their findings to the world – and win some awesome prizes!

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