Driving Social Value through Enterprise

Looking to maximize your organization’s impact in your community? We’re ready to help.

Whether you’re looking to start up and grow, measure your impact, network, learn best practices in social procurement, or have a product to sell, the S4ES team has you covered.
Get to know us and maximize your social impact.


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About SEI
Dubbed “the world’s school for social enterprise” SEI provides knowledge, tools and inspiration for individuals and organizations large and small that are looking to maximize their social impact.
About Buy Social
Buy Social Canada advances and promotes social procurement generating social benefits across the country. They offer social enterprise and social purchaser certifications and bring socially-driven purchasers and social purpose organizations together.
About Akcelos

Providing buyers with the assurance that their purchases are being made from truly social enterprises, Akcelos is a tool that organizations can use to promote their products and services online.

About Social Value Lab

Helping organizations measure their impact is a vital component of marketing with purpose. Social Value Lab works collaboratively to provide simple, accurate and compelling data.

About Canadian CED Network

This national association of organizations and people throughout Canada is committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions.

About SEI
Dubbed “the world’s school for social enterprise” SEI provides knowledge, tools and inspiration for individuals and organizations large and small that are looking to maximize their social impact.
About Buy Social
Buy Social Canada advances and promotes social procurement generating social benefits across the country. They offer social enterprise and social purchaser certifications and bring socially-driven purchasers and social purpose organizations together.
About Akcelos

Providing buyers with the assurance that their purchases are being made from truly social enterprises, Akcelos is a tool that organizations can use to promote their products and services online.

About Social Value Lab

Helping organizations measure their impact is a vital component of marketing with purpose. Social Value Lab works collaboratively to provide simple, accurate and compelling data.

About Canadian CED Network

This national association of organizations and people throughout Canada is committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions.

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DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO BE PART OF THE 2019 CANADIAN CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL ENTERPRISE !

Join us with our partners to learn together, celebrate incredible progress, and set the stage for the next decade of social impact.

FIND OUT MORE

We partner to build social enterprise in Canada.

Here are three ways you can benefit from the S4ES project.

SOCIAL FINANCE

S4ES delivers grant funds and event sponsorships to support social enterprise development.

IMPACT MEASUREMENT

S4ES has partnered with Social Value Lab to create self assessment tools for social enterprises.

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

S4ES convenes practitioners and intermediaries in social enterprise to problem solve and collaborate.

Akcelos

Akcelos

Akcelos is a tool Canadian social enterprises can use to promote their products and services online.

Enterprises and organizations that post their products and services on Akcelos have been accredited for their social values.

Akcelos provides buyers with the assurance that all enterprise listed are indeed social enterprises.

Why We Exist.

The Social Enterprise Ecosystem project is mandated to address five of the “Six Pillars of the Supportive Ecosystem for Social Enterprise”, as determined by the Social Enterprise Council of Canada.

ENHANCE ENTERPRISE SKILLS

Blending business operations with social outcomes in social enterprises is tough – and is not the way traditional non-profits or for-profits operate. From early learning through business planning and into operations, social entrepreneurs need to learn these unique skills.

ENSURE ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND INVESTMENT

Social enterprises have limited options beyond traditional grant models and straight-forward loan arrangements. Forms of patient, investment-like, capital pools, investor tax credits, and innovative share-based SE incorporation models are needed.

EXPAND MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Organizations and the private sector need to maximize their buying from social enterprises. This requires marketing schemes, policies, procurement procedures, purchaser and supplier matching, and appropriate incentives to encourage a new supply chain management model.

PROMOTE & DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF SE

We need to continue to measure and share the significant contribution that social enterprise does make in our communities. Appropriate research and measurement tools are needed to assess impact. And ‘telling the social enterprise story’ through communications.

NETWORKS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Building the strength and impact of the social enterprise sector requires enhancing social capital and creating the opportunities for sharing learning, designs, and models, with a focus on peer-to-peer, government and private sector relationships.

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