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Social Enterprise Bootcamp 2020

A great idea is a terrible thing to waste.

Does solving a pressing social or environmental problem light your fire?  Does it keep you up at night? Have you ever thought of using a business model to make a difference?

If so, you might just be a social entrepreneur.

According to the Canadian Social Entrepreneur Foundation, “A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, manage a venture to make social change.”

Last year the Edmonton CDC offered its inaugural Social Enterprise Bootcamp, which was attended by 23 participants. Evaluations indicated very high satisfaction rates.

“Extremely well-facilitated with clarity on social purpose (how/why to make a difference),  nuts and bolts, and stark realities.”
2019 SE Bootcamp participant


Who should attend the 2020 Bootcamp?

Anyone who wants to create or expand an actionable social purpose business idea that addresses an issue they care deeply about.

That’s it.

There are no pre-requisites other than passion, curiosity and willingness to work hard.



How does it work?

The Social Enterprise Bootcamp helps people and organizations that want to test their social enterprise ideas. The focus is on participation and action learning so that you leave the program with the in-depth knowledge and confidence to steer your own ship.

Working in a collaborative environment, you’ll develop insights and increase your capacity for testing the feasibility of your social enterprise idea, including:

    • work-shopping your ideas for social change,
    • conducting market research, and
    • building financial models to determine whether or not you should proceed with a formal business plan.


You will leave with a clear framework and the tools needed to evaluate and develop a sustainable social enterprise. In addition to class time, you will also receive one-on-one coaching to discuss your particular project in greater detail and receive personalized feedback.


What will we be doing?

::  Understanding the key features of Social Enterprise and where it fits along the Charity/Private Business continuum.

::  Learning about social enterprise responses to social and environmental issues around the world.

:: Analyzing case studies that demonstrate the benefits and limitations of Social Enterprises.

:: Assessing social enterprise ideas against minimum specifications.

:: Executing primary and secondary research to understand your product or service and its fit in the market.

:: Identifying key operational and market drivers that affect your chances of success.

:: Understanding legal options for incorporation.

:: Developing a financial model for your project.

:: Confirming what it takes for an SE to be “bankable.”

:: Attending inspiring talks from expert guests speakers.


What will you leave with?

:: A clear sense of how social enterprises can and do tackle the issues you care about.

:: Better connection to the SE community in Edmonton, including SE financing options.

:: Clear understanding of whether your idea will achieve the mission, market, financial, and operational objectives you have set for yourself.

:: Tools that help you plan and evaluate a social enterprise.

:: A completed feasibility study that can be used as a basis for seeking financing/funding.



Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m:

  • March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22
  • May 13 and 20


Edmonton Community Foundation
9910 103 St NW, Edmonton AB T5K 2V7
(Note: Access to the ECF is via the alley between 103 and 104 Streets, south of 100th Avenue)


  • Single Registration: $395.00
  • Double Registration: $690 ($345 each)

Enrolment is limited to 25 participants.


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