Announcing the 2016 TEF Business Plan Competition for Social Enterprises

April 1, 2016

Toronto Enterprise FundWIN UP TO $75,000 FOR YOUR NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE!

The Toronto Enterprise Fund is pleased to announce the launch of its 2016 Business Plan Competition. The competition is open to non-profit social enterprises that provide transitional or permanent employment for people who are marginalized. A social enterprise is a business operated by a non-profit that sells goods and services in the market place, for the dual purpose of generating income and achieving a social, cultural or environmental goal.

This year, the deadline for submissions to the Competition is October 10, 2016. The first place winner can receive up to $75,000 in seed funding. A total of $155,000 is available for the winners.

To enter the competition, your organization or group must be a non-profit social enterprise, attend all the workshops (see content and dates below), create a feasibility study (by June 20), work with a volunteer mentor and submit a comprehensive business plan by the October 10th deadline. For more details on eligibility, please read through the eligibility criteria of the Business Plan Competition . If you plan to submit a business plan to the competition, please contact us to talk about your submission. Contact Shahil at (416) 777-1444 ext. 365 or sthomas at, or Litza at (416) 777-1444 ext. 235 or lchatzibas at

2016 TEF Business Planning Workshops

The Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) requires that all prospective applicants to the Business Plan Competition ATTEND ALL FOUR WORKSHOPS presented by TEF. (If you have attended one of these workshops in the past 2 years, you do not have to repeat it).

1. Introduction to Social Enterprise
Friday, April 29th 9:30am to 12:30pm

2. Feasibility and Market Research
Thursday, May 12th 9:30am to 2:30pm

3. Social Programming Design
Friday, June 17th 9:30am to 12:30pm + afternoon clinic

4. Financial Planning for Social Enterprise
Thursday, June 30th 9:30am to 12:30pm

To register for the workshop series and to find out more info, please click here