A pitch-style event for social enterprises taking place next week in Kelowna will have two pioneers in the field serving as guest speakers.
Joel Solomon and Dana Bass Solomon will address the crowd at ChangeUp, an event in which social enterprises will share their stories and solutions for some of the toughest community, social and environmental challenges. The event is being sponsored by Valley First and Purppl.
Joel Solomon is a founding partner of Renewal Funds, which is Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm. It invests in early-growth-stage companies in Canada and the U.S. while pushing for positive social and environmental change.
Dana Bass Solomon spent 18 years as the CEO of Hollyhock, a not-for-profit educational institute dedicated to lifelong learning and cultural transformation through courses, conferences and community. She has more than 30 years of senior leadership and management in programs, facilities and hospitality.
A social enterprise is an organization that sells goods or services to help achieve community, social or environmental initiatives. It can be for-profit, not-for-profit, or a hybrid, but a majority of the profits must be directed to achieving social objectives.
ChangeUp will take place next Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Innovation Centre.
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