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 ventures that can benefit from the expertise and supports important for this stage of the startup journey. We want to help the strongest ventures with the potential to launch during or just after the Pipeline program to get across the start line to revenue and impact.
Those that are accepted into the Pipeline will enter an eight month program based in York Region, the first of its kind in the region. This is an intensive program that we feel is necessary at such a critical and vulnerable stage of an enterprise. It is a big leap to go from an idea and prototype to going to market with a robust business model and implemenation strategies.
ACCELERATOR: Participant ventures will start with a 4.5 month Accelerator as part of the 2016 LaunchYU cohort of entrepreneurs at York University. There will be twelve 3-hour sessions over that time period starting in early May. There will classroom sessions, small group sessions, workshop and one-on-one mentoring . Throughout, each venture will spend a lot of time applying the tools they’re learning in the sessions.
The first eight sessions will combine the communityBUILD cohort with the regular LaunchYU cohort of ventures. The final four sessions will be just for communityBUILD ventures with a focus on issues relevant to social entrepreneurs.
INCUBATOR: The Accelerator is followed by a 3.5 month Incubator in York Region consisting of access to co-working space, mentoring and workshops. The objective is to have most of the ventures launch during or just after the Incubator.
communityBUILD’s Social Venture Pipeline will provide a powerful and rich experience because the co-founders – ventureLAB, York University, Seneca College and United Way Toronto and York Region. Each brings its resources, networks and expertise to communityBUILD. They have an extraordinary depth of expertise in innovation, business, entrepreneurship, advocacy, research and community development. That extent of experience is necessary to provide a useful program for social entrepreneurs.