Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Risk of Isolation

As a mentor, I occasionally meet entrepreneurs with whom it is difficult to have a conversation about their venture because they don’t want to share their idea.  They’re afraid someone will steal it once it’s revealed.  I can understand the … Continue reading

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Recipe for Impact

  At ventureLAB we are meeting increasing numbers of social ventures that are focused on issues related to food.  In fact, we seem to be creating a cluster, a community. These entrepreneurs are creating new business models that have the potential … Continue reading

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Your Mission is not Your First Priority

There is one point of contention where I receive most resistance from social entrepreneurs.  That is my insistence that the entrepreneur stop being in love with their mission and think through their business model first.  There is a naive sense … Continue reading

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Five Key Success Factors for Crowdfunding

One of the challenges for social ventures is to get funded whether in the form of grant, debt or equity.  Even with the growth of impact investing, many funders don’t understand social enterprise sufficiently to take the risk to provide … Continue reading

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Social Venture Pipeline Launch

communityBUILD’s Social Venture Pipeline opened for registration last week with a final application deadline of April 15, 2016.  The program is designed to meet the needs of social ventures from Toronto and the GTA that are within sight of launch.  These will be … Continue reading

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Powering Innovation

Magnus Sandberg,Vice President and General Manager for Social Capital Partners in Toronto, expresses his idea of innovation as a World’s Cup sailboat.  He spoke recently at part of our communityBUILD Speaker’s Series where he spoke about, “The Quest for Social Impact – … Continue reading

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