Social Enterprise Southwest
infusing social enterprise into communities and entrepreneur support organizations across Southwestern Ontario
Social Enterprise Southwest (SESW) promotes the flourishing of social enterprise in Southwestern Ontario, offering education, coaching and connections to investors for enterprises interested in achieving social or environmental outcomes and maximizing revenue.
Our 2018 Calendar includes sessions on Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion, Digital Storytelling, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Social Enterprise Development and more.
SESW coaches provide support to for-profit, nonprofit and cooperative social enterprises at all stages of development, from idea to growth. Through the SESW partnership, coaching services are available across Southwestern Ontario
Looking for money to start or grow your social enterprise? Serving Southwestern Ontario, VERGE Capital connects local caring investors with local enterprises that have a social or environmental mission at their core.
Who is this for?
I am an Entrepreneur or Enterprise Owner
Learn how you can generate income and create lasting community impact
My Organization Supports Entrepreneurs and Enterprises
Develop your organization's capacity to support social entrepreneurship
SESW teamed up with B-corp rTraction to deliver interactive workshops on Digital Storytelling to social enterprises, nonprofits and businesses across the region. This week we feature the compelling stories of enterprises from St. Catharines!
The Eco Market pitch competition is an annual event in Kitchener-Waterloo that aims to bridge the gap for funding faced by green and social enterprises in the community. Learn more about this year’s participants!
SESW teamed up with B-corp rTraction to deliver interactive workshops on Digital Storytelling to social enterprises, nonprofits and businesses across the region. This week we feature the compelling stories of London, Ontario’s Skilled Accents, Ill At Will, Cyber Smart Canada and B13!
Meet Selina Gabriele, social innovator and computer science graduate working out of EPICentre at University of Windsor. Gabriele is the designer of a real-time speech transcription tool called AidaNote that is intended to help hearing-impaired students with their academic pursuits.
SESW and VERGE Capital celebrate Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s announcement of a $755 million fund for social finance. Read the full statement here.
Social Enterprise Southwest has made socially- and environmentally-responsible holiday gift shopping easy this year with Meaningful Markets happening in Niagara, London and Huron County! Learn more about what we have in store this season!
On October 23, Lina Bowden of VERGE Capital provided her remarks to the Senate of Canada and a packed room of MP’s and supporters of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy for Canada 4. Read her remarks on today’s story.
Introducing the SESW Podcast series, and its inaugural episode entitled The Rising Stars of Social Enterprise (part 1). Tune in to discover the remarkable impact of six brilliant social entrepreneurs from our region!
Six new social enterprises have joined us from October - March 2019, each with a unique business model and positive community impact. Meet and learn more about the new cohort!
If you’ve been thinking about starting a co-operative business, now’s the time to begin the journey! Read on to learn about the exciting, major opportunities available in our region to explore and develop a co-op.
Anushree Dave and Layan Barakat of University of Windsor’s EPICentre have launched a 3-part feature that tells the stories of inspiring social enterprises in the Windsor-Essex community.
The Meaningful Market is a collection of local social enterprises, both nonprofit & for-profit, selling presents whose proceeds support social or environmental impact in our community. Learn more about how you can participate as a vendor.
Julie Forrester, Pillar Social Enterprise Coach and EPICentre Change Maker of the Month, espouses a values-first approach to developing a career in social enterprise.
VERGE Capital’s Andre Vashist speaks with ON Social Impact about this question, as well as the importance of stories in measuring impact, and the exciting opportunities in impact investing to shift traditional notions of growth to a more inclusive and sustainable vision.
Highlights from LAICOS event in Guelph, showcasing the huge potential of social enterprise in leading the path toward sustainable agriculture and reduction of food waste.
Many entrepreneurs have decided that it’s not enough to offer a solution to a consumer problem to make money. Instead, they set out to solve a problem and have a positive social or environmental impact
Dane Fader, founder of social enterprise GreenerBins Composting, tells us how the UN SDGs are important to his work and why they ought to be adopted in the Windsor-Essex community.
Martha Powell, President and CEO of the London Community Foundation, explains the crucial role community foundations play in supporting positive community impact, and the vital importance of localizing the UN SDGs.
Meet Turn Key, For The Love Of Laundry and SEED Learning, all graduates of the Libro Credit Union Social Enterprise Incubator at Pillar Nonprofit Network.
Experience the story of Southridge Jam Company, a social enterprise in Saint Catharines that provides individuals who have recently experienced homelessness the opportunity to develop job training and life skills.
Join the many events that we organize across Southwestern Ontario
Social Enterprise Southwest (SESW) is a program of Pillar Nonprofit Network, implemented in collaboration with EPICentre at University of Windsor, Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre and Innovate Niagara.
ONE Social Enterprise Partnerships - Southwestern Region