Acceleration

Coworking is only the beginning. From CSI Summits designed to spark new collaborations, to acceleration programs such as Agents of Change, to microloans and free consultations with experts, our mission is to help get you to impact.

Accelerators

2018 Agents of Change: Climate Solutions

The Centre for Social Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change are supporting 40 enterprises over two years working on climate change solutions that increase the ability of consumers and businesses to make low-carbon choices, resulting in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


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2017 Agents of Change: Climate Solutions

The Centre for Social Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change are supporting 40 enterprises over two years working on climate change solutions that increase the ability of consumers and businesses to make low-carbon choices, resulting in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


Meet the first cohort!
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Community Health

Agents of Change: Community Health supports inspired entrepreneurs and changemakers applying innovative solutions to some of Ontario’s most pressing community health challenges that address both systemic and social determinants of health.


Agents of Change: Community Health
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Cities

Great cities are the product of engaged and active citizens. The types of people who insist on rolling up their sleeves to make their city a better place. The Agents of Change: City Builders program was created to give these dreamers, doers and innovators a helping hand.


Toronto Program
New York City Program
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Agents of Change Youth

The 2011, 2012 and 2013 Youth Agents of Change provided space and support to young people aged 19-29 with a promising social venture to help them turn their ideas into real impact and prepare them for early stage investment.


Agents of Change: Youth
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CSI’s Business Model Innovation Accelerator

The Centre for Social Innovation in partnership with Lean4Flourishing offered an intensive program to accelerate the success and amplify the impact of dedicated entrepreneurs leading promising Ontario social enterprises (for-profits, nonprofits and cooperatives) at the revenue stage.


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How We Help

The Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund

The Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund enables social entrepreneurs and innovators to grow their world-changing enterprises with loans of $1,000 – $25,000, and CSI’s existing programming and services.

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Shared Spaces for Social Innovation

We provide the social mission sector with office, meeting and event spaces designed for creativity, collaboration and serendipity. We have four locations in Toronto and one in New York City all packed with people changing the world.


See our spaces!
Agents of Change and Partners

Join a community

The CSI Community is home to 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures in Toronto alone, employs over 2,500 people, and generates combined annual revenues of $250 million. We support our members with the spaces, knowledge, tools, resources and connections they need to grow their impact.


Meet our people
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Agents of Change

Agents of Change is one of CSI’s flagship acceleration programs. Every program is different but the goal is always the same: to accelerate the success and amplify the impact of a cohort of high-potential projects. The program includes unlimited use of workspace and all the benefits of membership plus events, mentorship, workshops and access to capital.

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CSI Hookup

CSI Hookup is a free, member-powered service designed to connect individuals needing advice with CSI members who are experts in design, strategy and business modelling, legal and governance, funding and fundraising, impact measurement, and other areas. The service is available to any member through our Intranet network.


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Peer Circles

Peer circles are regular facilitated meetings in the community that leverage peer-to-peer expertise to foster shared learning, growth and collaboration.


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CSI Summits

CSI Summits are designed to reveal the assets in our community, and spur collaboration and shared learning opportunities. They are our most intentional and successful initiative to connect members in our community.


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Events

We organize amazing events as well as host an incredible array of them, from capacity-building workshops to discussions of emerging issues and frameworks. See for yourself!


Come to an event!
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Soshent

Soshent connects social entrepreneurs & innovators to the programs, opportunities and funding they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact.

 


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Desk Exchange Community Animator Program

CSI’s Desk Exchange Community Animator program is a work-exchange program that trades time for space. You work at a CSI welcome desk for 8 hours a week and we give you unlimited access to coworking space, membership in our dynamic community, and all the other benefits of being a member of CSI!


Become a DECA!
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TechSoup Canada

TechSoup Canada, a program of CSI, connects nonprofits and charities to donated and discounted technologies, such as graphic editing software, office productivity suites, accounting programs and more. Since 2003, over 26,000 nonprofits, charities and libraries in Canada have received over $303 million worth of software and hardware donations through TechSoup Canada! TechSoup Canada is a member of the TechSoup Global Network.


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Incubated Projects

CSI has taken an active role in incubating certain projects like ONN. Some of these projects have fizzled out while others have spun out of CSI to form their own organizations. We’re proud of our support of previously incubated projects including: the Enterprising Nonprofits Program, Green Enterprise Toronto, STEPS, FPYN, and others.


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Accelerated Members

Our Values

Together or Die

We believe in the synergies of connection, the explosive potential of partnership, and the transformative power of movements. No one can do it all. We must work together. Collaboration is in our DNA. It isn’t just nice—it’s imperative.

Keep it Real

We won’t pretend to be something we aren’t. Authenticity and transparency keep us grounded in truth. You may not like what you see, but at least you will know exactly who we are. We bring our values & vision to this work.

Be Scrappy

We are a dynamic group of bootstrapping entrepreneurs who navigate chaos and embrace opportunity. We will not forget that being resourceful, nimble and humble make us who we are. We are innovators.