Investment Readiness Program
We believe that strong, well connected social enterprises are essential for thriving, inclusive communities.THE INVESTMENT READINESS PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO SUPPORT THE INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL PURPOSE ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO EXPAND AND FLOURISH ACROSS CANADA.
Eligible candidates can apply for between $10,000 and $100,000 of non-repayable investment.
Eligible organizations include:
- Social enterprise
As an expert service provider for the program, S4ES can support you. When you are ready to apply, find out how we can help strengthen your application and make sure you are investment ready.
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For a limited time the Social Enterprise Institute is providing fully funded (FREE) places on its Investment Readiness e-learning program. Our fully online e-learning program is designed to give you everything you need to identify, then take on, social investment.
‘Investment Readiness’ was developed in partnership with leading social finance organizations including Vancity Community Foundation, Verge Capital and SVX.
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Social purpose organizations play an essential role in understanding and overcoming many of the social and environmental challenges encountered by our communities. Dedicated to the development and expansion of this sector, the Canadian Government launched the Investment Readiness Program in June 2019.
For Social Enterprises to expand in the market, they need access to financing. The program's $50 million of non-repayable investments can help your social enterprise get ‘Investment Ready.’Find out how to apply
Recognizing the impact social enterprises can have on the communities they serve, the federal government and stakeholders across Canada developed the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. Together they created the Inclusive Innovation: New Ideas and New Partnerships for Stronger Communities report. The report included 12 key recommendations, one of which focuses on the need for greater access to financing and investment opportunities. This led to the launch of a $755M Social Finance Fund and $50M Investment Readiness Program.
The Social Finance Fund is an important first step, but the impact of improved access to capital is limited without the opportunity for skills development, increased social procurement, regulatory change, knowledge transfer and awareness raising.Download the full PDF report