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From growing early-stage ventures in our accelerators to launching brand-new enterprises through our labs, we bring changemakers together and provide them with the knowledge, skills, connections and resources they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact.

For events and workshops, check out CSI’s Programming Calendar.

Focus Area
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Social Ventures
Social Entrepreneurship 101
Program Date: February 4, 2021 to
April 1, 2021
Apply by: January 31, 2021
Our Social Entrepreneurship 101 program covers all aspects of social entrepreneurship, from making sure you’ve identified the right problem, to testing solutions, turning your solution into a sustainable business model, and measuring its impact.
Every One Every Day
Community Wealth
Every One Every Day: TO
Program Date: January 15, 2021 to
March 31, 2021
Apply by: February 28, 2021
A new community project in Regent Park: get to know your neighbours and make our neighbourhood even better!
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Social Ventures
WOSEN’s Investment Readiness Supports
Apply by: Open intake on continuous basis
The Investment Readiness Sandbox is for women and gender non-binary people who lead established social ventures, who have a defined capital need, and who are preparing for funding or investment in the coming year.
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Social Ventures
WOSEN’s Start Program
Program Date: February 3, 2021 to
March 31, 2021
Apply by: Next round of applications open in March
Are you interested in exploring your purpose as a social entrepreneur? Do you have an early-stage idea that will create positive social or environmental impact?Join the Start program for women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs to uncover the possibilities of your social impact.
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Climate Ventures
Earth Tech
Program Date: January 11, 2021 to
July 31, 2021
Apply by: Applications Closed
Earth Tech is a six-month accelerator for those working on climate or water technology solutions that will positively impact communities and ecosystems across Canada.
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Social Ventures
Financialization of Housing
CSI Institute has partnered with Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and MaRS on a social innovation lab to understand how the ‘Financialization of Housing’ is impacting housing affordability in Canada, and support the goal of every Canadian having a home they can afford that meets their needs by 2030.
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Community Wealth
Homelessness & Hygiene Lab
The City of Toronto and CSI are working together to facilitate a set of meetings between homelessness experts and social entrepreneurs.
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Social Ventures
League of Social Entrepreneurs
The League of Social Entrepreneurs will combine their entrepreneurial energy with social innovation labs and the firepower of acceleration and incubation to create enterprising solutions that Build Back Better.
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Social Ventures
CSI is offering social enterprise training programs for women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs as part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN).
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Social Ventures
WOSEN’s Grow Accelerator
Ready to take your social purpose business to the next level? Grow is a three-month accelerator designed to support women-led, validation-stage social enterprises.
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Social Ventures
CSI Coaches
Program Date: November 9, 2020 to
March 31, 2021
Apply by: Applications Closed
Creating a resilient, sustainable social enterprise model involves community – not only those who support your business, but also those who support you! CSI Coaches offers one-on-one coaching to help women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs create lasting impact.
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Climate Ventures
Climate Ventures
CSI’s Climate Ventures is home to the entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates working on climate solutions and climate justice.
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Social Ventures
Desk Exchange Community Animator Program
Are you a social entrepreneur or innovator looking to be part of a dynamic community? Do you love meeting new people and solving new problems every day? Would you exchange eight hours a week for a fantastic free workspace? The DECA program is perfect for you.