It is an undeniably exciting time to be working in the impact-investing space. As a sector, we have taken off the training wheels—or, if you prefer, we’ve let the scaffolding fall—and we’re now in a new phase of scaling and replicating successes, pioneering new policies and legal entities, and building the infrastructure that will enable [...]
|MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launches new Community Finance Solutions
The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its newest initiative: Community Finance Solutions.
|Impact8: Ringing bells and breaking ground
Last December, the first-ever graduates of Impact8 celebrated the culmination of two months of an intensive venture boot camp by ringing the bell (read: pushing the button) to open up the Toronto Stock Exchange. Later that afternoon, the graduates took the stage to pitch their ventures to a roomful of impact investors at the Exchange [...]
|B Corp hits a Canadian milestone
There’s nothing like waiting until the very last minute to check off that final to-do on your 2013 new year’s resolutions list. For 2013, the B Corp team within the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing had committed to seeing the total number of Canadian B Corp certifications reach the century mark and, evidently, we paced [...]
|Visionary leadership advances a new paradigm for Canada
Visionary leadership and perseverance are required to take advantage of a new paradigm that is rapidly forming. Some of the new descriptors in the business and public sectors include: blended value, corporate shared value, impact investing, social enterprise and social innovation. These bold new approaches are changing business as usual and are breaking down our [...]
|Memorable moments in impact investing in 2013
It is the season for lists and year-end reflections. You’ve probably read Time’s Person of the Year list, the Techvibes 100 and, if you’re lucky, you’ve even read the top 10 best of 2013 lists of 2013 from The Washington Post.
|Better businesses make better gifts: B Corp Holiday Gift Guide
Better businesses make better gifts.
|MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launches new social finance Knowledge Hub
At the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, we want to empower communities, individuals and enterprises across Canada that are champing at the bit to do social good. There are so many initiatives and events taking place in the impact investing space every day, and because we know there is so much to learn, we want that [...]
|Have your say: Vote for this year’s Social Finance Awards!
Note: This post originally appeared on SocialFinance.ca. It has been reposted here with permission from the author. “Individual and heroic social innovations are wonderful, but their widespread and lasting impact—even if they are individually scaled up—requires them to shift the entire system around their issue, tilting the way innumerable organizations, processes and sub-systems operate.” – Tim [...]
|SVX: Connecting healthcare companies to impact investors
The Social Venture Connexion, or SVX, was launched on September 19, 2013, at the Toronto Stock Exchange, providing a first-of-its-kind platform to connect socially conscious accredited investors with ventures providing social impact.