We are excited to announce that the The WINS case study is the first of its kind to have three local post-secondary institutions collaborate on a case study! It’s a testament to Calgary’s growth as a social enterprise hub and the cooperative spirit of that hub that a) three local post-secondary institutions wanted to do a case study on social enterprise and b) they were happy to work together.
The WINS case study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to working with women and their families facing a range of challenges – financial, in the process of leaving shelters, outfitting a home, adapting to a new city or country, or single parents caring for their children. WINS’ balance of delivery of a quality product and service along with profits for re-investment in business operations confirm that it is a deserving recipient of the Social EnterPrize.
An entrepreneur is always learning, going through ups and downs while trying to navigate new approaches to attain success. The recipe for innovation and running your own venture involves four key ingredients: ideas, leadership, a great team, and planning.
Now, at 24, I’m in the process of becoming a social entrepreneur. To me, that means learning to use business as a force for good to tackle some of the more complicated problems I see around me.
Fogo Island Inn and Furniture Bank are the 2017 recipients of the Social EnterPrize, a $100,000 award celebrating excellence in Canadian social entrepreneurship. The awards will be formally presented during EconoUs2017 on the evening of September 14th, 2017. Tickets now available!
To mix metaphors, seeing successful social enterprises as coral reefs may be the tip of the iceberg in a new understanding of how social enterprises grow and affect social change, and how we can help them do so. These themes will be explored more fully at our EconoUs2017 event Doing Business Differently: An evening of celebration and insight on September 14, 2017.
Recipient of the Social EnterPrize in 2011, Groupe Convex is featured in the latest edition of our case study series, our effort to more effectively tell the stories of amazing Canadian social enterprises.
Written by the Ontario Institute for Students in Education, University of Toronto, the case study demonstrates a social enterprise committed to generating meaningful jobs in an increasingly diverse number of ways. It also highlights the possible challenges of relying too much on a particular government policy and the difficult choices that come when one income stream does better than another.