Libro Social Enterprise Incubator - Fall 2022

Are you starting a new social enterprise?

Embedding social purpose into an existing organization?

Creating a sustainable financial model for your nonprofit? 

Give yourself the best chance of success by immersing yourself in the right environment.

Sponsored by Libro Credit Union, our Social Enterprise Incubator gives you the opportunity to learn from Pillar Nonprofit Network Social Enterprise staff and other social entrepreneurs as you develop a sustainable model for your social enterprise. 



The Fall 2022 cohort is opening soon for applications and will run from October 20 2022 - January 19 2023. Participants will join the Innovation Works community and work with a Pillar Social Enterprise Coach, with additional support from staff at Libro Credit Union and Pillar Nonprofit Network. 

**Applications are due at 11:59 PM Monday, September 19, 2022**

<< APPLY HERE! >>

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW
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  • Ten weeks of social enterprise & business development workshops (Thursdays, 3-5 PM, October 20 2022 - January 19 2023, with breaks on November 17/November 24, and December 22/December 29)
  • Bi-weekly 1-1 social enterprise coaching (week of October 24 - week of January 23, with breaks the weeks of November 14/November 23  and December 19/December 26)
  • Weekly in-person coworking sessions at Innovation Works (optional)
  • 1-1 Office Hours with Subject Matter Experts in Legal, Bookkeeping, and Marketing
  • 12 months free access to Innovation Works 
  • 12 months free Pillar Nonprofit Network membership 
  • Access to online databases of legal documents, business plan templates & other social enterprise resources
  • Connection with Pillar Nonprofit Network’s community of social enterprises and nonprofits at all stages of development

Check out what our past participants have to say!

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ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION CRITERIA
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  • Open to nonprofit, co-operative & for-profit social enterprises
  • Applicant has a social enterprise business idea they want to explore/grow
  • Primary participant is in a position of leadership that holds decision-making for the social enterprise (e.g., founder, executive director, program manager for social enterprise); co-founders / team members are also welcome to participate 
  • Model uses earned revenue (selling products/services) to fund a significant part of operations
  • Model has a strong emphasis on addressing a social and/or environmental problem that is currently “stuck”
  • Applicants do NOT need to have existing revenue, but must have a goal of earning revenue during the 6 months
  • You need to be located in Southwestern Ontario (about a 45 minute radius of London)

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KEY DATES
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  • Weekly workshops: Thursdays, 3-5 PM
  • October 20 2022 - January 19 2023 
  • Two week breaks during the weeks of November 17/November 24, and December 22/December 29)
  • Applications are due 11:59 PM, Monday, September 19, 2022


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INVESTMENT VALUE OF THE PROGRAM
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There is no fee to attend the incubator thanks to Libro Credit Union. The true value of this program if you were to pay for this yourself would be $3,500.00.  It is important that if you sign up for this program that you are committed to attending and completing the incubator.  

  • 1 year Pillar membership
  • 1 year IW flex space
  • 5 hours of 1-1 coaching 
  • Monthly networking / group coaching sessions
  • Access to Subject Matter Expert office hours
  • 2 vouchers to attend free Learning & Development sessions*  
  • Up to $200 allowance to be used towards eligible expenses** 

*Subject to availability, some restrictions may apply
** Expenses subject to approval by Pillar Nonprofit Network 

Fill in the application form and tell us how being a part of the Social Enterprise Incubator would benefit you. The application may take up to an hour to complete. All applicants will be contacted for an intake conversation with our Social Enterprise Program Manager and Coach to further understand your organization and needs. 

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Questions? Want to learn more? Not sure if you qualify?
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Reach out to mwaliji@pillarnonprofit.ca or book a 10 minute call to chat.

Would you like to learn more about our Social Enterprise program and supports? Learn more here. 

  

Thank You to Libro Credit Union for making this program available to Social Entrepreneurs!

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