The Social Entrepreneurship Summit was held on December 3-4, 2007 at the Centre for Social Innovation and the MaRS Collaboration Centre. The feedback from the event has been tremendous and we can still feel the incredible momentum that came out of that room. The co-hosts of the Summit--MaRS, the Centre for Social Innovation, Boston Consulting Group, and the Toronto City Summit Alliance--have been hard at work pulling together the proceedings from the event and figuring out how to further create an enabling environment for social entrepreneurship in Canada. The following will provide you with a sense of some of the activities that are evolving out of the social entrepreneurship space.
- The proceedings for the Social Entrepreneurship Summit can be found at http://www.marsdd.com/socialentrepreneurshipsummit/backgrounder/proceedings.html#. At this site you will also find information on the session highlights, opportunities for action, Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year press release and videos, information on the UK Social Investment Task Force and Speaker, and award finalists profiles and presentations along with blogs and photos.
- Several members involved in organizing the Summit met recently to highlight some opportunities for action coming out of the Summit. We would like to direct you to the following areas of interest:
- Led by Causeway and the Tides Canada Foundation, Social Finance is receiving unprecedented interest in this country. Proceedings from the Social Finance Forum held October 15, 2007 at the MaRS Collaboration Centre can be found at http://www.tidescanada.org/cms/page2655.cfm.
- The Centre for Social Innovation, in partnership with 9 funding partners, launched the Enterprising Nonprofits Program (ENP) pilot project in Toronto on February 29th. Information about this program can be found at http://www.socialinnovation.ca/enp.
- Social Venture Partners is holding an event for social entrepreneurs at the Kingsbridge Centre north of Toronto in April 17-20th, 2008 (http://www.renewalpartners.com/svitoronto.html).
- A BC Social Enterprise Conference is also being planned. Keep your eyes peeled to http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/calendar/.