A new home-grown workshop hopes to equip those seeking real-world solutions to challenges in our communities with the essential business tools needed to set their social enterprise ideas in motion.
May 25 the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence at Okanagan College and Purppl, a community enterprise accelerator, will join forces to lead the SoFun workshop, teaching social enterprise fundamentals. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College in room E103.
“Communities are struggling under the weight of chronic, persistent challenges like social justice, food and water security, accessible transportation, and economic empowerment,” says Andrew Greer, the founder of Purppl. “The organizations tasked with solving these issues are struggling with unpredictable funding models.
“Using a social enterprise model can add predictable, sustainable, entrepreneurial revenue into these organizations which can be used to implement long-term solutions to community challenges. The SoFun workshop uses global entrepreneurial best practices and tools to help social entrepreneurs.”
Attendees will each receive a copy of the the global-standard Business Model Canvas tool, have an opportunity to work on their own social enterprise ideas, explore available business resources, connect with other like-minded individuals, and have access to learn with and from other social entrepreneurs.
The workshop is aimed at everyone from leaders of not-for-profits and individuals working in existing organizations with social enterprise initiatives, to entrepreneurs looking to solve a social problem in their community, government employees looking to implement impact initiatives.
Myrah and Greer will be joined by OC business professor Kerry Rempel to lead the workshop. Giulio Piccioli, the founder of One Big Table, will also present about his experience of building a social enterprise focused on access to local food and the lean startup approach he has applied.
Tickets are $45, and include lunch, coffee, and tea
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