Social Enterprise Stimulus Ottawa Now Accepting Proposals

August 12, 2016

seso fund

The Social Enterprise Stimulus Ottawa (SESO) supports the development of high-potential, early-stage, high-growth SE. SESO’s services are available, in English and French, for incorporated not-for-profits, for profits, registered businesses as sole proprietorship, partnership or cooperative with a social purpose.

SESO places an emphasis on businesses which can demonstrate innovative approaches to addressing social and environmental issues, scalability, and job creation, particularly for people that are traditionally marginalized by the labor market.

Loans up to $5000    +    Grants up to $2500


Social Enterprises can apply to receive up to $5000 in loan capital. Successful applicants will be eligible to receive up to an additional 50% in grant capital. 


Submit your business plan using our templates to be considered for one of our two deadlines:
September 30, 2016
January 16, 2017


Social enterprises of any legal structure are eligible (email organizing team for more specific details.)


CISED is working in conjunction with the OCLF and its lending partners to deliver this program, which is funded through the support of the provincial Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund. 

Need help? No problem

Please connect with the SESO team to receive free coaching prior to applying. We are able to help with your business planning, financial projections and walk you through the process. 

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The Social Enterprise Stimulus Ottawa (SESO) project is an initiative of the Government of Ontario’s Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund.  As part of the strategy to unlock new sources of capital for the social enterprise sector SESO is part of a collaborative, led by the Ottawa Community Loan Fund along with Invest Ottawa and mécènESS.​

Source: Social Enterprise Stimulus Ottawa