Events & Projects

Spring 2017 - #SocEnt Challengee


Awards: Finalists will receive $2000 CAD, Canada Wide Media Recognition, Access to specialized Mentorship & Investment pool and In Kind Sponsorship & Services (accounting, financial, organization structuring, revenue modelling, etc).

#SocEnt Challenge is the CSEF's Flagship Online Program. Modelled after GSVC, MIT's IDEAS competitions, The #SocEnt Challenge provides an opportunity for students, scientists, professionals to develop their creative ideas for projects that make a positive impact in the world. Participants will work to develop designs, plans, strategies, materials and mechanisms that benefit communities, locally, nationally or internationally.

Using cash awards from CSEF, as well as additional development grants, the teams can take an effective step toward resolving pressing individual and community challenges.

CSEF presents....Canadas 1st online Social Entrepreneurship IDEAS Challenge The Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation is a British Columbia not-for profit. We aim to educate and inform about social entrepreneurship and champion and support social entrepreneurs across Canada.

CSEF will be accepting entrees to Canada's first online Social Entrepreneurship IDEAS Challenge

This competition judges ideas and business plans for social ventures that are either for-profit or non-profit. The Competition awards prizes to the business plans that show the highest, most integrated financial and social returns, i.e. blended value.

o qualify for the Competition, a proposed venture must:
-The focus of submissions should on any of the following areas: cleantech, biotechnology, social justice, poverty, literacy, and the environment.

-Plan to be financially sustainable or profitable; whether it is a commercial business or a tax-exempt organization, it must be self-sufficient on its earned revenue.

-Be scalable. This criterion will be unique for each business plan. Scalability will take into account the potential for growth of the business (and how well both the financial and social goals can be scaled).

-Have a quantifiable social and/or environmental bottom line incorporated into its mission and practices.

-The proposed venture can be a new identity or a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing entity (either a for profit or non profit entity).