Social Venture Bootcamp

Dates TBA | Victoria, BC


Do you have an innovative social impact idea?  Looking for a way to explore feasibility before you jump in with both feet?  Social Venture Bootcamps are workshop-style events that will help you explore, validate and launch your idea

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Put your enterprising ideas to the test

Launched in 2018, Social Venture Bootcamp provides participants with the opportunity to test the viability of a social enterprise idea from concept to launch.

Through social entrepreneurship curriculum co- developed by Ideas for Impact, Scale Collaborative and  academics from Camosun College, Royal Roads University, and the University of Victoria, participants will have access to high quality instruction, one to one mentorship and peer learning.  Participants will leave the workshop with a solid plan to move their idea forward.

Past Bootcamp participants have represented a cross-section of industries and pursuing a variety of social venture ideas including, edible landscaping, innovative childcare, an allergy-free bakery and deli, career support for First Nations youth, an employment program for people with multiple barriers to employment, end of life support and more.

We are busily planning the next Social Venture Bootcamp which will take place in Spring of 2022.  More information and registration will be available soon.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-speed on programming and events.  In the meantime, you can download the event report from Social Venture Bootcamp 2019 for more details.

“Having entrepreneurial and social impact educators provide 4 days of their expertise to budding social entrepreneurs is invaluable to both the participants and their communities as it can address community challenges and generate revenue for the entrepreneur. A real win-win.”

Jolynn Green

Community Futures, SVB 2018

“A program like SVB, designed to address the organizational challenges of combining social purpose with business discipline, will help create the kind of powerful hybrid organizations and leaders that can address Vancouver Island’s most pressing social issues in a sustainable way.”

Rob Mittelman

Royal Roads University, SVB 2018

Social ventures help build community, foster well-being, and enrich lives. The Social Venture Bootcamp is an exciting collaborative initiative that combines the best of what Island academic institutions have to offer with the experience of practitioners and other social enterprise community stakeholders.

Dr. Brock Smith

University of Victoria, SVB 2018

“If you could see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of my understanding of impact investment, social impact tools, financing, governance, metrics and next steps… Huge impact!”


SVB 2019

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