Making the most of SOCAP16

In a week’s time, the world’s leading practitioners and stakeholders in impact investing, social finance and social entrepreneurship will converge at the Fort Mason campus in San Francisco for the 9th annual SOCAP conference. New this year, SOCAP goes local with an additional day of programming and events preceding SOCAP16, focused on building resilient community wealth through local economies, aptly called Neighbourhood Economics.


Pitch your business at SOCAP and Social Finance Forum

We’ve secured two opportunities for Canadian impact ventures to pitch to major conference audiences this fall. SOCAP, in San Francisco, and the Social Finance Forum, in Toronto, are separate events that both offer an incredible platform to showcase your business to potential partners, customers and investors. If you’ve got a great impact venture to promote, this is a chance you don’t want to miss.


World Vision and MaRS launch Social Innovation Challenge

Young minds are brilliant minds. That’s why MaRS Centre for Impact Investing has teamed up with World Vision and Grand Challenges Canada to launch an entrepreneurship competition for students and recent graduates. The World Vision Social Innovation Challenge aims to find young people with a business idea that could tackle some of the world’s most difficult development challenges and help them make it a reality.


Report: How donor advised funds can align giving and investing

MaRS’ SVX platform and Tides Canada have released a joint report on a new financial instrument in the philanthropic sector—the impact donor advised fund.


First Winter Impact program sees 16 entrepreneurs hone their businesses

At MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, we work with entrepreneurs who are not only building amazing companies, but are also trying to fix something they see as inherently wrong in the world. Whether it’s making it easier to ethically source garments from India, developing the future of composting in Ontario or helping charities and non-profits reduce their costs and inefficiencies, all of the ventures we support are driving social progress. Thanks to the launch of the Ontario Social Innovation Voucher program from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), we have been able to support 16 additional start-ups with education, advice and the chance to pitch to investors through our first ever Winter Impact program.