Meet the Entrepreneurs – Social Innovation

Apr 16, 2014 6:00 pm to Apr 16, 2014 7:30 pm

MaRS, Auditorium
101 College Street
Toronto, ON

Interested in rubbing elbows with some of Toronto’s hottest Social Innovation start-ups?

Come hear successful entrepreneurs discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in launching their organizations. This is part of a series of “Meet the Entrepreneurs” events which present panels of start-up entrepreneurs in different sectors discussing the challenges and opportunities they are facing. Followed by a networking reception.

Come learn from and meet others in your sector.


Trish Nixon, Associate, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing


Tal Dehtiar, CEO of Oliberte

Tal Dehtiar, co-founded MBAs Without Borders, an international charity that has engaged hundreds of business professionals from around the world to volunteer and help build small and social businesses in more than 25 developing countries, including Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Nicaragua and Colombia. In 2009, he launched the first premium footwear brand made in Africa, Oliberte Limited, which manufactures across Africa and is sold globally. In 2013, Oliberte’s factory in Ethiopia became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified shoe factory. Tal is a recipient of the Ontario Global Trader Award, CYBF Chairman Award, Arch Award, Oakville’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was nominated for the YMCA Peace Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, he was named one of the International Youth Foundation’s Young Social Entrepreneurs and recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative Business People. Tal received his MBA from McMaster University and his BA from the University of Western Ontario.

Amanda Minuk, Co-Founder and CEO of B Meaningful

Amanda Minuk is the co-founder and CEO of Bmeaningful, a career site for social-impact jobs. Amanda is a marketer with an MBA from the Rotman School of Business and has more than seven years of experience working in both the profit and non-profit sectors. She’s now on a mission to help professionals discover jobs with a purpose and a paycheque.

Anil Patel, Co-Founder and President of Grantbook

Over the past decade, Anil Patel has written and/or reviewed more than 2,500 grant proposals. Having been involved on both sides of the grant-seeking and grant-making ledger, he is currently re-imagining how philanthropic information can flow so people can solve problems. It is the equivalent of someone who talks about the capital requirements of infrastructure updates such as bridge repairs or water/wastewater main upgrades: unsexy but vital parts of movements, communities and countries. Anil’s team has also reviewed and tested 150 different software applications, most of which did not exist three to five years ago, that have the potential to bring problem-solving and collaboration to non-profit organizations involved in complex work.

Series includes

November 13, 2013 – Cleantech
December 11, 2013 – ICE
February 26, 2014 – Life Sciences & Healthcare

Part of the Entrepreneurship 101 Series

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