Subject: UBC SauderS3i - November Newsletter

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The road ahead
The road ahead

In recent days, leaders working in the social and environmental sector have penned letters underlining the importance of the work we need to do to combat the issues of inequality, climate change, and personal health. It is perhaps arguable that at no other point in history has promoting social innovation amongst private businesses and investors been more crucial. From Silicon Valley to civil rights organizations, and of course, social enterprises, there is an outpouring of support for the “third sector” to rise up to the challenges ahead of us. 

Here at SauderS3i, we continue to work with individual investors to transition into the impact investment space. Simultaneously, a pipeline of social ventures is being developed at our Coast Capital Savings Innovation Hub. While there remains a lot of work ahead of us, the momentum is clearly swinging in the right direction, and we're optimistic about the progress Canadian leaders are making.

In October, we attended the Social Finance Forum, led by Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District. The call to mobilize investment capital towards supporting impact-focused initiatives could be heard across every conference panel and keynote speech. Every actor in the ecosystem, from government officials, to the Big 5 Canadian banks, to millennials working in the space, outlined the to-do list ahead of us.

Our recap of the Social Finance Forum presents a quick snapshot at the state of social innovation and impact investing in Canada. 


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Impact Investing News

MaRS, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Public Health Agency of Canada announce health-based Pay-For-Success contract. Read more

Call for nominations to the Federal Government Social Innovation & Social Finance Steering Group announced. Read more

Supply of impact investing alternatives failing to meet the demand from investors, says the winning study of the 2016 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing. Read more

Attention Sauder students!

Do you want to learn more about impact investing? COMM 386L (Impact Investing: Social Finance in the 21st Century) is a new course meant to provide students with an overview of the impact investing field. Led by Dr. James Tansey, the course will analyze innovation within financial instruments, identify the challenges and opportunities faced by investors and entrepreneurs, and address how finance can be used as a force for good.

Classes are held in Term 2, Tuesday & Thursdays at 11:00am-12:30pm. Find out more!

UBC students, take on the Global Challenge! 

UBC students: you are invited to dive deep into an issue you are passionate about and present your findings to the world. The Global Challenge asks participants to demonstrate a deep understanding of a pressing social or environmental issue by mapping out the landscape of the current solutions and identifying missing opportunities for positive change. By working in teams or stepping out on your own, you will dive into the ecosystem of a problem and present your findings to the world. Winners will be invited to present their work at a Canadian national final event, with an opportunity to win cash prizes and the chance to attend the Global Challenge Final in Oxford, UK. Read more about the Global Challenge from Susan Grossman, Director of the Centre for Community Engaged Learning. Apply now!
Community News Roundup
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Two CCSiHub alumni ventures are hiring!

• Join Mealshare and help change the world as the team’s Vancouver Community Leader

• Join the innovative, dynamic and motivate Wize Monkey team as a national sales manager

The Alinker and Wize Monkey have been nominated for the Small Business BC Awards - take 30 seconds and cast your vote until Nov 30!


• Wize Monkey: Best International Trade

Events
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How to Become a Responsible Investor
Segal Graduate School (Downtown Vancouver)
November 19, 2016

Use code GREENPAGESVIP to save $100
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
November 19-20, 2016

6th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum
Creekside Community Recreation Centre
November 26, 2016

GIIN Investor Forum 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
December 7-8, 2016

CCSiHub Graduation
A successful year at CCSiHub

This week we came together to celebrate the graduation of the 2016 cohort from the CCSiHub incubator program. Here are a few highlights from this year:

• The Alinker successfully launched in North America through an Indiegogo campaign that was 375% funded.

• Awake Labs’ CEO Andrea Palmer was chosen by Canada’s Innovation Minister to represent Canada at Start Tel Aviv.

• My Green Space has successfully released throughout North America V1 of their mobile app in the spring of 2016.

• Shanti Uganda has been selected to participate in the Healthymagination Mother and Child Programme launched by GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

• The Good Stuff successfully traveled the road to rebranding from Smoothie Veggies, and the road to bringing their ready-to-blend smoothies to the market.

• Urban Digs Farm has partnered with Chef Adrian Beaty and launched a new and mouth-watering selection of restaurant quality prepared meals.
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