2018 was a big year for Social Enterprise in Southwestern Ontario. Together with our regional partners, Pillar launched Social Enterprise Southwest, a collaborative effort to raise the level of social enterprise support and inject our region with the knowledge and tools we need to excel in social entrepreneurship. We’re helping those with big ideas have big impact!
VERGE Capital's Lina Bowden and SVX's Adam Spence recently sat down with Ken Eastwood at CJBK to discuss the benefits of social impact investing. Here is the transcript.
The VERGE Breakthrough Fund makes it possible to leverage capital for financial and community return.
Our Pillar staff hit the road attending three provincial and national conferences in one hectic week in Toronto! At the Ontario Nonprofit Network, the Ontario Social Enterprise Roundtable and the Social Finance Forum, we shared our successes and challenges, learning from the many incredible voices in the room.
Pillar Nonprofit Network & VERGE Capital supported these women in the development of these social enterprises. Learn how these stories are helping to reshape how we view business, nonprofit and leadership.
Andre Vashist has just returned from the Social Innovation Residency with an incredible amount of hope, as a recipient of incredible gifts of wisdom. His blog is a reflection of this journey so far, and his opporutnity to share these gifts with you. Read on for some inspiration and great resources on Social Innovation and stay tuned for Pillar’s Systems Thinking Exchange and Workshop coming soon.
Pillar to lead a regional social enterprise partnership and launch a $2 million social enterprise investment fund, supported by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
London's social economy – the intersection of business and public sectors - is poised for persistent growth and is influencing a shift in our economic landscape.
The Old East Village Grocer opened its doors, softly, to begin their social enterprise journey and strengthen their mission to support people with disabilities. ATN Access Inc. worked on the OEV Grocer business plan for almost two years, and exploring ways to finance a startup social enterprise that would support people with disabilities gain employment.
Imagine a day when organizations whose primary mission is social impact — nonprofits, government agencies, and for-profit enterprises alike — use business plans as their road maps.