Ever had a great idea for a social enterprise but haven’t known how to get started or funded? Five lucky bursary recipients will get the chance of a lifetime through Ignite, billed by organizer Fuse Community Work Hub as “a pilot program for social enterprise innovation on the Coast.”
In partnership with Community Futures Sunshine Coast and Simon Fraser University‘s entrepreneur acceleration program, sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and backed by the Vancouver Foundation, the 7-week program begins February 20th. Participants will engage in entrepreneurial training with SFU Instructor Shawn Smith, Adjunct Professor and Founding Director of RADIUS (Radical Ideas Useful to Society – is there a cooler name than that??) and learn how to get the larger community to rally behind the idea.
With an application deadline of February 11, the Ignite program is already demonstrating the rapid turnarounds associated with developing social enterprise in today’s development environment.
Applicants are requested to submit a letter of interest to the Ignite Bursary Review Committee with a brief outline of your background and goals, one reference, and A 400-word composition that answers: “What is your vision for the coast? How do you see your business being part of this?” by February 11, 2013.
The program is split into two parts: entrepreneurial training, and community mobilization.
Once the program is complete, the five social entrepreneurs will compete for cash prizes to kickstart their businesses in front of a panel of judges and spectators.
The bursary covers the approximate $4000 program costs, and there a cash prize is guaranteed for all five participants. The five applicants selected for the program will need to pay a $50 entrance fee to begin the program so everyone has an investment in the outcome.
Whether you have the idea for a business that can benefit the community and be profitable, or you know someone who does, you’ve got one week to make your submission and pivot into a bright new future.
Full details for the program are available below – click to enlarge.
Details and application instructions at: www.fuseworkhub.ca/ignite