Being In Touch With Its Market Gives Social Enterprise Competitive Advantage

Being In Touch With Its Market Gives Social Enterprise Competitive Advantage

discovering hands is a household name at the Trico Charitable Foundation as one of our favourite examples of a social enterprise that demonstrates a synergistic blend. Based in Germany, this non-profit trains visually impaired women in standardized diagnostic breast exam techniques and then places them in jobs in physicians’ offices or clinics.

COVID-19 Relief & Resources

COVID-19 Relief & Resources

On behalf of the Trico Charitable Foundation, we hope everyone is staying home, safe, and healthy. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to everyone doing their part as we navigate through the unknown. In response to COVID-19, the Trico Charitable Foundation has taken our $250,000 annual A.S.E.S.S. budget for local social enterprises and re-allocated it to charitable organizations that are working on the front lines to address COVID-19’s impact on those experiencing poverty. 

Summer Position Will Pay YYC Student to Work on Their Social Enterprise: Apply Now!

Summer Position Will Pay YYC Student to Work on Their Social Enterprise: Apply Now!

“This program represents a ‘summer of opportunity and social impact’, for the student and the Trico Foundation”, said Overall. “The student will be able to move their venture forward while generating additional income and plugging into our support services, network activities and events; and we get another bird’s eye view on what is needed to take promising social enterprises to the next level. It’s a real win-win.”

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.

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’.  ...
5 Lessons I Learned While Realizing My Vision

5 Lessons I Learned While Realizing My Vision

The Trico Charitable Foundation (TCF) Summer Student program is the first of its kind that I have ever come across – something that lets me pursue my own dreams and financially support me as a full-time employee. This unique opportunity truly gave me the time and space to first realize, and later actualize my vision, which is funny because my start-up essentially helps high school students realize and actualize their potentials.