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July 25, 2018
Drum roll please... with 20 investors we have exceeded our goal and raised $2,260,000 in lending capital that will fund numerous social enterprises, environmental initiatives and affordable housing in our communities over the next 7 years. The VERGE Breakthrough Fund is Southwestern Ontario’s first impact investing fund providing growth capital to social and environmental enterprises. The first of it's kind in Canada, the VERGE Breakthrough Fund is paving the way... Read More
July 24, 2018
We are very excited to welcome Chloée Godin-Jacques to the Pillar team. Chloée will be working with us to develop an accessibility tool kit and complete an accessibility assessment of Innovation Works. We are looking forward to working and learning alongside her! Meet Chloée: Chloée is in her fifth year at King’s University College. She is completing an Honours Specialization Program in Social Justice and Peace Studies, as well as... Read More
July 11, 2018
Each quarter we invite six startup social enterprises to join us for six months of integrated, supported learning at Innovation Works. Sponsored by Libro Credit Union, we provide ongoing coaching, mentorship, learning opportunities and resources to boost the impact of these social enterprises. Social Enterprise Incubator participants receive: - 6 months access to Innovation Works - Bi-weekly workshops; including business development, strategic planning and impact measurement - 1-1 Coaching with... Read More
June 29, 2018
Innovation Works is offering a new 6 month Pillar Flex Package, sponsored by Pillar Nonprofit Network. Become an Innovation Works Co-Tenant for $65/month for 6 months (regularly $125/month). Spots are limited. Apply TODAY! Pillar Flex Package Requirements Your organization identifies as a Nonprofit An understanding that this is a 6 month pilot project Have an Advisory Committee or a Board of Directors Will work regularly and be present at Innovation... Read More
May 31, 2018
We are excited to welcome five exceptional student placements to the Pillar team this summer. Meet Nikky Manfredi: Hello! My name is Nicole Manfredi but you can call me Nikky. I am a Media and the Public Interest and Political Science student entering into my last year at Western University in the fall. I am passionate about creative storytelling, especially storytelling that takes an intersectional, communal and non-traditional approach to... Read More
May 24, 2018
At our Annual General Meeting we asked you to take a moment and answer the following: What is the biggest question that we need to answer together as a community? Over 150 of you from different sectors in the city responded. We’ve grouped your responses into three themes: Inclusion Civic Leadership and Sustainable and Healthy Communities. In the following weeks we will be bringing these questions to our internal meetings... Read More
May 12, 2018
Part 5 of a 5-part blog series from our partners at Keela, centered around question: "Does my nonprofit need a CRM?"Read More
May 11, 2018
"Having a space that is forward thinking but is also value driven and has all kinds of talent in one building, @Innovation Works is a hub of social enterprise and good business in London" Starting a social enterprise? Embedding social values into an existing business? Creating a sustainable model for your non-profit? Give yourself the best chance of success by immersing yourself in the right environment with @PillarNN.Read More
May 11, 2018
Evergreen has released its 2018 Mid-Sized Cities Research Series ! The series includes 10 research pieces that highlight important conversations and trends underway in Canadian cities: our urban population is growing, leadership is changing, municipalities need to be smart and open, and inclusion is a must, not a nice to have. In New Civic Leadership for Mid-Sized Cities: Pillar Nonprofit Network in London Neil Bradford and Michelle Baldwin explore the... Read More
April 28, 2018
14 local investors have pooled their capital in the VERGE Breakthrough Fund, exceeding our $2 million goal. We are now actively looking for investments in affordable housing, community real estate and growing social enterprises in Southwestern Ontario.Read More


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