Hey guys! Anyone know of any competitions/seed funding opportunities for social entrepreneurs? My project is in the food import/export field.

I am interested in bringing a finished line of food products to the Canadian/US market while providing sustainable employment to the most vulnerable population.  Curious to know if there are seed funding/pitch competitions for food-related startups!

Newbie Asked on May 8, 2017 in Funding.
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    Thank you !! Appreciate your help in this.

    Newbie Answered on May 9, 2017.
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    Hi Taniah,

    Here’s a list of funding for social enterprise. Check it out to see if there might be potential for funding your startup.

    Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation

    The Canadian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation brings a fresh, innovative, high impact and energetic contribution to the Social Entrepreneurship Field. It focuses on Education, mentorship, networking and resourcing is critical to the growth of a flourishing social economy in Canada.

    Grand Challenges Canada

    A grand challenge is a critical barrier in the developing world that, if removed, would help solve an important health problem and have a global impact through widespread implementation. GCC works closely with key experts and decision-makers in the area of global health to identify and select grand challenges, providing funding & resources to anyone with the right strategic idea.

    J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

    The Foundation engages Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable and resilient society through granting programs.

    Leap: The Centre for Social Impact

    Combining social impact with private equity, Leap is a team of experienced private sector leaders, who are motivated to apply their business acumen to achieve positive change across Canada.

    Ontario Centre for Excellence – Social Innovation

    OCE’s Social innovation Program brings together members of Ontario’s business community with not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and social enterprises (SEs) to collaborate on projects that lead to innovative products, services and business models.

    Ontario Trillium Foundation

    The Foundation’s goal is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario, and to strengthen the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives.

    Social Venture Partners

    A global network of local partners aligning passion and purpose. Helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving, strengthening nonprofits, and investing in collaborative solutions – creating connections that make a difference.

    The Maytree Foundation

    Maytree works with many community, civil society and government partners to fight poverty.

    Echoing Green

    Multiple fellowship programs that provide impact investing and a springboard for realizing your contribution to solving the world’s biggest problems.

    Hult Prize

    This annual competition aims to create and accelerate compelling social business ideas focused on resolving global issues faced by billions. Open to young social entrepreneurs from any university, winners receive $1 Million in seed capital, mentorship and advice from the international business community.

    Laidlaw Foundation – Youth led Community Change Program

    Laidlaw Foundation invests in innovative ideas, convenes interested parties, shares its learning and advocates for change in support of young people being healthy, creative and fully engaged citizens.

    MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

    The Centre for Impact Investing is a social finance hub and project incubator that acts as a neutral collaboration space for all sectors (government, community and private) to strengthen our collective ability to mobilize private capital for public good.

    Nathan Gilbert Youth Innovation Fellowship

    Geared towards creating opportunities for young people to inform policy development and supporting their engagement in research projects. Fellowships offer $10,000 will run 6-18 months and will be offered to young researchers of outstanding merit and widespread interest in the youth sector.

    Oikos International Case Writing Competition

    Competition invites scholars from around the world to submit cases in one of three tracks on corporate sustainability, social entrepreneurship and sustainable finance. With a top prize of over $5000, an international panel evaluates the cases providing author feedback before choosing a winner.

    The Network of Angel Organizations

    Creates new Angel investor groups in Ontario, fostering their success with information and educational tools to transfer best practices from successful Angels. Sometimes referring entrepreneurs who are not yet investment-ready to appropriate members of the ONE for mentorship and education.

    Toronto Enterprise Fund

    TEF is a unique funding partnership of United Way Toronto, the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Community & Social Services. TEF was established in 2000 to support the implementation of social enterprises that provide transitional or permanent employment for people who are marginalized.

    Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund

    The Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund connect young social entrepreneurs and impact investors by providing debt financing and other resources to young social entrepreneurs, and in turn providing triple-bottom line investment opportunities.


    PhD Answered on May 9, 2017.
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