Funding available for aspiring social entrepreneurs

Staff writer
February 4, 2013 01:00 AM

Social entrepreneurs often find it hard to get started. Defining your idea and then attracting financing to market your idea is challenging.

In partnership with Community Futures and Simon Fraser University's Local Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (leap!), FUSE is launching Ignite, an exciting new pilot program designed to help local social innovators get their ideas out there and on the road.

Sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and supported in part by the Vancouver Foundation, five bursaries worth more than $4,000 each are now available for aspiring social entrepreneurs.

"Leap will build capacity in leaders, Ignite will build a community around them," said Brian Smith, executive director of Community Futures. "FUSE and Community Futures will provide on-going support."

Shelley McDade, CEO of Sunshine Coast Credit Union, adds: "This program will help us build a modern and resilient economy on the Sunshine Coast."

Anyone, non-profit champions and entrepreneurs alike, with an innovative business idea they believe will help the community at the same time are encouraged to apply. Each bursary includes a seven-week course taught locally by an SFU professor, three workshops working with a local team to mobilize community around the ideas, and a large-scale Dragons Den-like event, attended by potential angel investors and future collaborators, with the chance to win cash prizes to kick start the social enterprise. Ignite will also be challenging local businesses to sponsor each bursary holder with a year's membership at the new FUSE Community Work Hub in Sechelt.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. More details and application instructions are available at


© Copyright 2015 Coast Reporter


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Coast Reporter

Email to a Friend



Should BC Ferries be returned to a Crown corporation?

or  view results

click here to read the editorial

Popular Coast Reporter

Community Event Calendar

Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.