2nd Annual Social Venture Bootcamp IDEA

SVB IDEA is for those who have a business or enterprising idea that aims to both make money and generate positive social, environmental or cultural impact. We refer to these types of enterprises as social enterprises.

  • Answering these 2 key questions:
    • Will your enterprise idea generate revenues and be sustainable?
    • Will your idea create the kind of impact you want to achieve?

Day 1

  • Problem identification
  • Idea generation
  • Social Impact Canvas
  • Enterprise development planning
  • Value Proposition
  • Understanding customers
  •  Elevator pitch
  • Incorporation and governance

Day 2

  • Business models
  • Marketing
  • Accessing customers
  • 1-to-1 mentorship
  • Social enterprise panel
  • Understanding financing and impact investing

Day 3

  • Financial planning and revenue models
  • Measuring impact
  • Validating your enterprise idea
  • Pitch practice
  • Steps to launch

All attendees will leave with compiled resources to assist with these next steps.

  • Be inspired
  • Be informed
  • Be supported
  • Be realistic
  • Make a plan to test your idea and move towards launch!

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber of League of Innovators

Kristi Fairholm Mader of Scale Collaborative

Danella Parks of United Way of Greater Victoria

Industry professionals and entrepreneurship and impact-focused educators from across Vancouver Island and the coast:

  • Geoff Archer, Royal Roads, Faculty of Business
  • Michelle Clement, Camosun College, Marketing Instructor
  • Elysia Glover, Community Microlending
  • Mina Haghighi, Futurepreneur
  • Lee Herrin, Scale Collaborative
  • Adam McIsaac, Vancity Small Business Advisor
  • Peter Ove, Camosun College, Instructor of Social Innovation
  • John Predyck, VIU, Faculty of Management
  • Brian Roberts, Cowichan Energy Alternatives, Co-Op President
  • Brock Smith, University of Victoria, Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Jenn LeBrun, ULAT, Owner Operator

“It is very impactful realizing all of the interesting ventures that are in the works! This was helpful in very motivating and a good intro into getting started.” – SVB Participant, 2018

“SVB exceed my expectations. Interestingly, I felt personally validated through the material presented, the participants and the activities.” – SVB Participant, 2018

SVB IDEA will take place from May 2-4, in Nanaimo at the Vancouver Island University campus.

$500/person; $250 for additional attendees from same enterprise

Bursaries available!