Announcing $2,500 for each of the 10 finalists for What’s Next YYC

The Trico Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with the Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre at the Haskayne School of Business, is pleased to announce a new special perk for What’s Next YYC finalists.

What’s Next YYC (WNYYC) will showcase ten exciting Calgary and area based social enterprises that have already won awards or successfully completed a local social enterprise support program. It looks to answer “what’s next?” on the journey for these organizations.  These prizes celebrate excellence, best practices, high standards, advances in, and/or new knowledge relating to social enterprise in Calgary. As you also have to have won an award(s) and/or successfully completed a local social enterprise support program, WNYYC also helps identify and link the social enterprise community’s resources.

New Perk: For 2021 each of the 10 finalists of WNYYC will receive the option of either anonymously keeping $2,500 or anonymously giving $2,500 to a fellow finalist.

Explains Dan Overall, Executive Director of the Trico Foundation,

“This new wrinkle accomplishes a number of things:
  • The top ten last year were so incredible (click to see the list: we knew from now on we had to provide some type of award that supports all of the ten finalists;
  • By giving them the $2,500 option they get to be funders and we get to see if/how that may further build our community of amazing social entrepreneurs;
  • With this use of $25,000 we are now essentially splitting the adjudication of the total $100,000 WNYYC award money 50/50 between the Trico Foundation jury (two $25,000 awards) and the wider community (ten finalists awards of $2,500 plus the audience award of $25,000).
This is really all one grand experiment in building up our local social enterprise community!”

Applications open March 23rd, 2021-stay tuned for the announcement!

[box] The Haskayne School of Business and the Trico Charitable Foundation believe Calgary can be a global hub for social entrepreneurship and leaders in the evolution of capitalism. The Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre was established at Haskayne in 2019 thanks to a $5-million gift from the Trico Foundation to support student experiences inside and outside the classroom including community-based learning, internships, curriculum development and research. To build on this momentum, both organizations are collaborating on the Social EnterPrize award for outstanding Canadian social enterprises and What’s Next YYC, which awards prize money to Calgary & area based social enterprises. Learn more. [/box]


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