Social Enterprise Coaching Program

Background EPIC Founders

Social entrepreneurs play a critical role in community development and social betterment in local and global communities across the globe. In partnership with Libro Credit Union, our Social Enterprise Coaching Program aims to support new and upcoming social entrepreneurs looking to launch and grow a social enterprise through specialized coaching, network boosting, tailored workshops, and explorative opportunities to build their business model.

Over the course of the program, participants will have access to dynamic coaching and advisors, the opportunity to attend tailored workshops and special events, as well as a $2,000 participation award. The program will culminate on Final Pitch Day, giving participants the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win additional cash prizes.

This program is valued at over $4,000 and is 100% free of cost to all participants. Applications open Friday, January 5, 2024.

We look for candidates who have:

  • A basic understanding of social entrepreneurship
  • An impactful vision and understanding of the social and/or environmental problem they they’re aiming to solve
  • Revenue (or potential revenue) from the sale of goods or services that funds a significant part of your business model
  • The social purpose organization is (or will be) based in Southwestern Ontario

Program participants must also be available for the following dates:

  • Program orientation (in-person): Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Group meetings every other Tuesday starting Tuesday, February 27, 2024, until Tuesday, June 4, 2024, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Final Pitch Competition: Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

While social enterprises are focused on social, environmental, and cultural returns, they also use business strategies to develop sustainable revenue models, typically through the sale of goods or services.

Non-profits and/or charities are eligible to apply, as long as they demonstrate a social enterprising revenue model. Please note, government funding, grants, donations, fundraisers, etc., are not considered as a social enterprise revenue model.

The Social Enterprise Coaching Program is specifically designed for aspiring social entrepreneurs looking to learn how to launch and grow a social enterprise. Throughout the 4-month program, participants will learn key skills, competencies, and know-how on topics such as:

  • Social entrepreneurship and design thinking
  • Leadership, teamwork, and communication
  • Sales strategy and lead generation
  • Finance and accounting

Social enterprises selected for this program will receive:

  • $2,000 participation award upon successful completion of the program
  • Opportunity to pitch at the end of the program for the chance to win cash prizes totaling $6,000
  • Decided coaching by an experienced social entrepreneur
  • Access to exclusive workshops, learning seminars, and speaker sessions with distinguished guest speakers
  • Free access to our co-working space

Applications for this program are now closed, thank you for your interest in the Libro Social Enterprise Coaching program!

Application Dates

  • Application open: Friday, January 5, 2024
  • Application close: Thursday, February 1, 2024 5:00 pm
  • Applicant interviews/pitch: Thursday, February 8, 2024 (virtually)
  • Final candidates selected on: Friday, February 9, 2024

Applicant interviews/pitch details

  • Selected applicants will be asked to meet with the screening committee as part of the application process. Applicants are not required to prepare formal presentation slides. Scheduling information will be sent in advance.

Key Program Dates

  • Program start date: Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Program end date & final pitch competition: Thursday, June 13, 2024

Program participants must also be available for the following dates:

  • Program orientation (in-person): Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Group meetings every other Tuesday starting Tuesday, February 27, 2024, until Tuesday, June 4, 2024, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Final Pitch Competition: Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshops are planned at regular intervals throughout the program’s duration. Typically, attendance is expected. We strive to meet the needs of both program participants and workshop facilitators and will provide advance notice accordingly.

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QUESTIONS

Contact Sydney.Thompson@uwindsor.ca with any questions.