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CSI Network News: The first national market study on Canadian Black women founders is here



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Next Economy

The First National Market Study on Black Women Founders is Here 

Noticing gaps in market research, Amoye Henry, co-founder of Pitch Better and CSI WOSEN Coach, and her team surveyed over 1,500 entrepreneurs to develop the first national market study of Black women founders in Canada. The findings surprised Amoye. They may surprise you. 

Blueprint for a Green Future
A Green Future is possible, but what does it look like in Canada? What do we need to consider as we transition to a net-zero economy? And how do we do it without leaving anyone behind? Allie Rougeot of Environmental Defence joins the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to discuss inclusive climate action.


CSI Educates

WOSEN Start program

The deadline for our WOSEN Start program has been extended to August 31! If you’re a trans or cis woman, Two-Spirit, non-binary, or genderqueer (aspiring) entrepreneur, this program is for you. Refine your social purpose idea, build a business model, and develop an action plan to help you move forward in nine weeks. Apply now!

CSI Accelerates

On right, black and green text on white background says “Start your journey as an impact entrepreneur.” Above, “Accelerate from Anywhere” next to the Climate Ventures logo. A green squiggly arrow points toward a photo on the left, of a person in a red and black plaid shirt and orange headphones typing on a laptop.

Help create a more sustainable future for all! Impact entrepreneurs are building companies that respond to social & environmental challenges. Learn the foundations, upgrade your skills, and start your impact journey with our free Impact Entrepreneurship 101 program, part of Climate Ventures’ Accelerate from Anywhere initiative. Apply by September 19!

Grow Program

Gain confidence in your business as you step into the next stage of your entrepreneurship journey! Our Grow accelerator is for trans and cis women, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and genderqueer entrepreneurs in the GTHA and Central Ontario. You’ll join a supportive community of facilitators, experts, coaches, and peers as you refine your business model and build leadership skills. Apply by September 12!

CSI Connects

Lunch and Learn: Graphic Recording

Lunch and Learn: Graphic Recording
Monday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Explore graphic recording and sketchnoting as tools for visual learning in this webinar with CSI Member Laura Hanek, Founder of Swoop Media.

Tickets are $10, and CSI Members get in free!


Want to get your events on our events calendar? Find out what membership could look like for you!

World Circular Economy Forum
September 13-15
Luna Yu, CEO of Earth Tech-accelerated venture Genecis Bioindustries, and Erin Andrews, CSI Member and Executive Director of Impact Zero Foundation, will be speaking at this year’s (virtual) World Circular Economy Forum. 

Table Topics

Table Topics
Wednesday, September 8, 6:30 PM ET
CSI Member Apathy is Boring started Table Topics during the run up to the 2019 election to get youth comfortable with talking about politics over dinner. They’re back at it with their first panel next week!

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The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream
September 13-16
Panels will tackle topics like building back better, partnering with peers, and social impact measurement in this free virtual conference.

Hydrogen-powered bus

Players in the Hydrogen Economy
Thursday, September 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET
Join our partner OCTIA for a panel about how hydrogen can support the transition to net zero by 2050, and the tech challenges to be overcome.


Job Board

Want to post your opportunities to our job board? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Board of Directors | Inspirit Foundation
Deadline: August 31
This CSI Member is looking for individuals with the following skill sets to join their board: lived experience and/or connections to and within diverse Muslim communities, strong impact investing and financial oversight experience, and/or deep media and arts expertise.

Special Events Coordinator and Customer Service Assistant | Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)
Deadline: September 1
This CSI Member is growing their team by two!

National Program Coordinator, Western Canada | MusicBox Children’s Charity
Deadline: September 3
This CSI Member is looking for someone to support their chapters in British Columbia and Alberta. (The successful candidate can work remotely!)

Tech Infrastructure and Systems Specialist | CSI (that’s us!)
Deadline: September 7
We’re searching for someone to maintain our internal systems, ensuring operations run effectively and smoothly. You’ll be the pillar that helps CSI move forward!

Co-Executive Director | Youth Climate Lab
Deadline: September 7
YCL is looking for a new Co-Executive Director to work hand-in-hand with their current Executive Director, staff and Board of Directors to sustain and scale YCL’s strategy, partnerships, operations and programs. 


Go For It

The Federal Government is looking for readiness support partners and ecosystem builders to implement the Investment Readiness Program. Successful organizations will provide funding to social purpose organizations, capacity to access social finance investment, and investment in projects that help grow and strengthen the social innovation/social finance ecosystem. Deadline: September 8, 3:00 PM ET

Receive training and a stipend for community leadership and create a meaningful impact for oceans in your local community with Race for Oceans. Deadline: September 10

As Seen At CSI

Plants and tables in front of a brick wall in the laneway just outside of CSI Annex.

Our team at CSI Annex has set up a beautiful outdoor space for our members to convene, eat lunch, or take a break and soak up the sun. 

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