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Rethinking Social Entrepreneurship: Trico Foundation Releases New Report

Drawing on years of working with social entrepreneurs, conversations from across the globe, and lessons from case studies of its Social EnterPrize recipients, a new report from the Trico Foundation, “Building on Getting Beyond Better” (BonGBB) , calls for a rethinking of how we see the intricate yet inescapable interaction between the social and the entrepreneurial that is “social entrepreneurship”.

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Connecting the Dots: 3 Key Insights from the Social Finance Forum

Held at the MaRs Centre for Impact Investing Incubator, the 8th annual Social Finance Forum (SFF) event in November 2015 brought together Canadians to discuss best practices of business and community building. Through discussions around key insights and takeaways with several individuals who attended the event, it is clear the SFF stimulated some crucial themes: collaborating in new ways, networking, and navigating support.

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Calling Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions: We are Commissioning Case Studies on Some of Canada’s Leading Social Enterprises 

The Trico Charitable Foundation is inviting Canadian post-secondary institutions to apply to undertake case studies on its Social EnterPrize recipients. In total, five social enterprises will be studied:

three Vancouver-based organizations: The Cleaning Solution, Mission Possible, & Potluck Cafe;
one Hawkesbury, Ontario-based organization: Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell; and
one Calgary-based organization: Women In Need Society [WINS].

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The Money Moat – Non-profit social enterprises, even when successful, are having difficulty accessing social finance opportunities

“It (the Social Finance Forum) was a wonderful opportunity to access information with various people that can help provide more energy and ideas on how we can grow the business” – Shaugn Schwartz

With over 500 attendees at the 8th annual Social Finance Forum (SFF), hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing this past November, many different insights and themes were inevitably going to emerge

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Provoking Innovation through Stories of Social Entrepreneurship

This article was originally published on February 5th, 2016 on the SiG website. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author Kelsey Spitz, Senior Associate at SiG National.

“The truth about stories is that that’s all we are…” ― Thomas King, The Truth About Stories (2003)

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What this 2015 Social EnterPrize Winner is Learning

This article was originally published on November 24th, 2015 on the ENP Canada website. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author Michelle Strutzenberger, Newsroom Chair, Axiom News.

As The Cleaning Solution adds yet another significant achievement to its name – winning the national Social EnterPrize – the Enterprising Non-profits Canada newsroom caught up with Executive Director Shaugn Schwartz to reflect on key learnings of the social enterprise to date.

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Poised for Growth, Calgary Social Enterprise Grateful to Win Prestigious Social EnterPrize

This article was originally published on November 20th, 2015 on the enp Canada website. It has been cross-posted with permission from the author Michelle Strutzenberger, Newsroom Chair, Axiom News.

The selection of the Calgary-based Women In Need Society (WINS) for the prestigious Social EnterPrize hosted by the Trico Charitable Foundation couldn’t be more timely, says WINS executive director Laura Dickson.

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