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Trico Foundation & Social Entrepreneurship: 2019 in Review

Trico Foundation & Social Entrepreneurship: 2019 in Review

Happy New Year! The start of 2020 gives us the opportunity to reflect and learn from 2019. The past twelve months were busy, historic, and made great progress in advancing both social entrepreneurship and Calgary’s role as a hub for social entrepreneurship.

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Announcing the 10 What’s Next YYC Finalists: Help Decide Who Gets the $25,000 Audience Choice

Announcing the 10 What’s Next YYC Finalists: Help Decide Who Gets the $25,000 Audience Choice

“These 10 may well be the most amazing collection of Calgary social entrepreneurs I have ever seen. Their diversity, ingenuity and momentum confirm Calgary is a hub of social entrepreneurship activity.” says Dan Overall, Executive Director of the Trico Charitable Foundation.

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Skwachàys Lodge Wins the 2019 $100,000 Social EnterPrize

Skwachàys Lodge Wins the 2019 $100,000 Social EnterPrize

Presented by the Trico Charitable Foundation and the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates Canadian organizations demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in social enterprise. We are extremely excited to announce Skwachàys Lodge as the recipient of the 2019 Social EnterPrize! The award will be formally presented on the evening of November 21, 2019. Tickets now available!

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Announcing Charmian Love as What’s Next YYC Judge: International Veteran of Social Entrepreneurship Will Also Offer Coaching to Four Recipients

Announcing Charmian Love as What’s Next YYC Judge: International Veteran of Social Entrepreneurship Will Also Offer Coaching to Four Recipients

Trico Charitable Foundation and the Haskayne School of Business are extremely pleased to announce Charmian Love as the judge for What’s Next YYC at the Social EnterPrize event on November 21st, 2019. Charmian is also offering the four lucky recipients of What’s Next YYC one hour of one-on-one coaching, which is a huge bonus for any social entrepreneur.

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Types of Social Enterprises Trico is Excited About

Types of Social Enterprises Trico is Excited About

The Trico Foundation is most excited by social enterprise’s that have the potential to do at least one and ideally all of: a) Tapping into the power of the pull of markets (having a product customers really want and the ability to make money satisfying that want) to solve social problems; b) Addressing a market failure– the more challenging the market failure the better; c) Blending social and entrepreneurial (business) models in harmonious, or even better, synergistic (learn more about the three types of blends here) and imaginative/innovative ways; d) Addressing pervasive and entrenched “Gaps in society” (the bigger and/or more systemic the better). For example: relief of economic exclusion; relief of poverty; relief of social exclusion; promoting good health or well-being; helping children and/or youth at risk; relief of the aged/seniors; gender equality; addresses environmental sustainability; and/or enhanced peace and justice; e) Having a vision for the ultimate impact they want to make and a high-level plan for how to get there; f) Embracing the social entrepreneur’s mindset (learn more about the social entrepreneur’s mindset here) and the ability to progress by way of experimentation – for example, using frugal experimentation to learn, pivot where needed, and to make progress – rather than simply ‘working to a plan’.  ... read more

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