Themes that will be explored at Propelling 2014 include:
- Insights into entrepreneurial journeys from inspiring individuals creating impact around the world
- Government as an innovator? What roles can the public sector play in supporting innovation
- Social innovation in the Community Living Sector
- Ideas for impact: explore where ideas come from and how they turn into real impact
- A purpose driven career, not just for entrepreneurs
- Social Venture Showcase with the CCS Innovation Hub
Featuring keynote speaker Daniel Epstein, Co-founder of Unreasonable Group.
Daniel’s life has been shaped by a fundamental belief that entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today. By the time he received his undergraduate degree in philosophy, he’d already started three companies. In 2012 he was recognized by Inc. Magazine as a “30 under 30 entrepreneur” and by Forbes as one of the “top 30 most impactful entrepreneurs” of the year. In 2013, he received the prestigious “Entrepreneur of the World” award along with Richard Branson at the Global Entrepreneurship Forum. Today, this passion for entrepreneurship and startups has led to the creation of Unreasonable Group. The vision of Unreasonable Group is to create a collective family of companies that will, together, put a dent on the seemingly intractable social and environmental challenges of this century.
Who should attend Propelling Social Ventures?
Business community: Learn how you can increase the impact of your business through partnerships with social ventures
Social Entrepreneurs: Meet other social entrepreneurs and hear their experience and advice. Meet organizations looking to engage with social ventures.
Investors: Hear from investors about their experience investing in social ventures and meet some of Vancouver’s most promising social entrepreneurs.
Students: Learn what social ventures are all about and find out how you can engage with ventures as a student or in your career. Meet social entrepreneurs and other students passionate about the business of impact.
Government and policy makers: Get to know various models of social ventures and the impact they create in their communities and hear their thoughts on how governments can engage with social ventures to create more impact in our city and province.
Nonprofit and social sector organizations: Hear from social entrepreneurs creating impact through business models and explore ways that nonprofit and social sector organizations can partner with social ventures to increase impact and financial sustainability.
Social Enterprise intermediaries: Social entrepreneurs will share their experiences starting and scaling social ventures and discuss the types of intermediary support can help social ventures to grow and scale their impact.