The Aquatic Biosphere Society of Canada’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower people to play an active role in the conservation of our aquatic ecosystems. Lee J. Burton, Secretary to the Board, discusses IRP funding, reinforcement of community value, and next steps.
Closer to Home Community Services is a Calgary, Alberta charitable organization that facilitates growth, belonging, and building meaningful relationships in communities. CEO Karen Olivier discusses IRP funding, social enterprise cafe industry learnings, and looking to the future.
Calgary social enterprise Earthware is offering people the opportunity to affect real change by using a return-for-reuse zero waste takeout container program. Founder John MacInnes discusses IRP funding, a plethora of learnings, and overcoming challenges.
Taproot Publishing Inc. sees a future in which communities are served by sustainably funded acts of journalism facilitated by technology. They equip individuals and organizations with the information they need to contribute to their community, make good decisions, and stay engaged with others. Co-Founder Mack Male discusses IRP funding, implementing sales, & building a thriving team.
Ethically Aligned AI is a tech start-up and social enterprise that is on a mission to help organizations build better AI systems and help people to make sound choices in selecting trustworthy AI-enabled products or services. Founder & CEO Katrina Ingram, discusses IRP funding, a plethora of learnings, and reimagining the future.
The funding ACWB received from IRP was used for a Feasibility Study to determine if a property in the downtown core of Fort McMurray could be purchased, turned into an arts incubator, and run as a social enterprise, providing sustainability for the incubator and for Arts Council.
Happy New Year! The start of 2023 gives us the opportunity to reflect and learn from 2022. Although 2022 came with its challenges, 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.
We had the chance to collaborate with Community Foundations of Canada on November 7th, 2022 on our The Rethinking Social Entrepreneurship Lite webinar to help inspire people about the possibilities of social entrepreneurship.
Through the first round of IRP funding, Biosphere looked at undertaking business and financial planning for a new social enterprise they helped to create, called Bow Valley Green Energy (BVGEC), to prepare it to accept investments in community-owned and-managed renewable energy projects. BVGEC’s ultimate vision is to make renewable energy affordable and accessible.