Social Venture Institute Ventures to Vancouver

Social Venture Institute Ventures to Vancouver

Seventeen-year-old conference supporting social entrepreneurs adds new event
A conference renowned for supporting entrepreneurs who are leading values-based business is adding a new location to its books: Vancouver.

For the first time in the event’s 17-year history, Social Venture Institute (SVI) is offering its interactive intensive inquiry into how to face the day-to-day challenges of running a socially-conscious enterprise in Vancouver May 9-11 in addition to its annual retreat at Hollyhock on Cortes Island in September.

Raised Eyebrow Web Studio partner Emira Mears says SVI Vancouver is a way to introduce more entrepreneurs to the unique event, which offers people pursuing values-based business a community of peers interested in exploring creative ways to succeed.
  Emira Mears

“To see a bunch of people who are doing business that way be able to get together and speak about it really intentionally and learn from one another and understand that they aren’t alone is really powerful,” says Emira, adding SVI Vancouver has met its goal of attracting new participants.

“It’s a whole new group. It really speaks to the expanding interest and growth of the social venture sector, so I am excited about that,” says Renewal managing director and SVI producer Pamela Chaloult.

Taking place at Vancouver’s Library Square, the three-day event convenes 100 mission-based leaders to share their challenges, successes and experiences in an atmosphere of trust and goodwill.

The first day of the event will feature a Women Entrepreneur Intensive focusing on helping female entrepreneurs succeed. The second part of the conference will be open to all social entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Pamela says they’ve designed the SVI agenda to allow for deep learning, hands-on practical skill building and personal growth.

“It’s a multilayered, very intentional and really engaged kind of convening,” she says.

  Pamela Chaloult
SVI alumni will be on-hand teaching business skills that includes a session on marketing and branding by Junxion Strategy principal Mike Rowlands as well as small business human resource management by leadership consultant Deena Chochinov.

Vancity Capital vice-president Garth Davis along with Renewal2 Social Investment Fund president Paul Richardson will be hosting a workshop on enterprise finance.

Two entrepreneurs attending the event will present their business challenge or growth opportunity in a case-study format for feedback from a panel and SVI participants.

The event will also see Mickey McLeod, CEO and co-founder of Salt Spring Coffee, who is a long-time SVI participant, present “True Confessions” a session sharing his personal story about the struggles to reach success combining social mission with business.

Pam says what sets SVI apart is its ability to provide more than just business skills and tools to business leaders, an outcome she attributes to the event’s engaged community.

“We’ve seen people build their boards at SVI, we’ve seen entrepreneurs certainly gain more customers, we’ve seen deal flow, investment capital opportunities have happened and do happen, as well as some really important networking,” says Pam.

“My hope is that (participants) will find a community that will allow them to get exactly what they need to build their businesses and things they didn’t even know they needed.”

There are several spots left for SVI Vancouver, click here to learn more.

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