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  • Announcing Impact8's second cohort

    Announcing Impact8′s second cohort!

    The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launched the Impact8 initiative last year because we saw a broad spectrum of potential opportunities for impact. There was the opportunity to grow the pipeline of investible opportunities in impact investing, the opportunity to help social entrepreneurs navigate the ecosystem of support and financing options, the opportunity to accelerate [...]




  • MaRS’ Impact8 social venture accelerator launches second cohort

    Program partners with Saint Elizabeth to focus on startups that target health & well-being TORONTO, April 3, 2014 – Following its successful pilot in the fall of 2013, Impact8 – Ontario’s first accelerator for social ventures – is pleased to announce its second cohort. The intensive eight-week program, led by MaRS Discovery District’s Centre for Impact Investing, targets high-impact entrepreneurs with blended [...]

  • Impact Ontario recap: Becoming defined inclusive and mainstream

    Impact Ontario: Becoming defined, inclusive and mainstream

    After months of planning and preparation, 25 ventures and over 120 impact investors took part in last week’s Impact Ontario conference, hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in partnership with the Government of Ontario and Social Capital Markets.




  • MaRS impact investing platform announces key financing wins at Impact Ontario

    Partnerships with BDC, Saint Elizabeth Health Care also announced; will further support social ventures TORONTO, March 18, 2014 – The first round of ventures in MaRS Discovery District’s impact investing platform, SVX, have raised $650,000 in financing. SVX issuers, including Investeco and Community Forward Fund (CFF), attracted $650,000 through investments and commitments since the launch of SVX (Social Venture Connexion) in September 2013. The announcement [...]

  • Where do you go to raise impact capital

    Where do you go to raise impact capital?

    Note: This post originally appeared on GlobalNews.ca. It has been reposted here with permission. Great business plan? Check. Solid product or service offering? Check. Committed team. Check. Money? No cheque – yet. One of the biggest challenges for any startup or growing enterprise is raising capital. New investment is vital to hire new staff, buy [...]



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    Community Finance Solutions is now accepting applications

    Following our launch last week, Community Finance Solutions is now accepting applications for support.



  • ImpactOntario

    Announcing ImpactOntario

    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

    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.



  • Impact-8-breaking-ground

    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-Corps hit a Canadian milestone

    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 [...]




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