On May 11th the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) made its official debut on the national stage at the Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise in Winnipeg, Manitoba. SEI boasts content for every stage of building and running a social enterprise. With 42 courses and growing, this online learning platform is at the forefront of making resources more accessible for social entrepreneurs across the country; where course content is presented in manageable lengths for entrepreneurs and managers on the go, and structured based on immediate need or phase of development.
“The need for a platform like SEI was re-confirmed throughout the conference. We repeatedly heard there was a real need for access to online training, for every stage of business development, from start-up to growth, and beyond.” says Stephanie Pronk, Common Good Solutions’ Learning Management System Coordinator. “We are working hard to meet these needs and make starting and growing a social enterprise as seamless and affordable as possible, no matter your location or background.”
Social enterprise is receiving wide recognition for being a powerful tool in helping communities across the country thrive. SEI along with national and international partners Buy Social Canada, Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Social Value Lab and Commerce Solidaire are supporting this movement with S4ES: The Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project, which also made its debut at the Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise.
“SEI is a critical resource for enabling our sector to grow and thrive, providing practical training on a comprehensive range of social enterprise topics,” says Andy Horsnell, Common Good Solutions co-founder and Social Enterprise Council of Canada Vice Chair “But we cannot do it alone, which is why we are thrilled to partner on the S4ES project, bringing together organizations who compliment each other to provide the most value, in one place.”
Partners in the S4ES project provide training, marketing, and impact measurement resources for social enterprises anywhere in the world, with a mandate to: enhance business skills, ensure access to capital, expand market opportunities, promote and demonstrate the value of social enterprise and provide a support network and communities of practice.
To learn more about the Social Enterprise institute visit. www.socialenterpriseinstitute.ca
To learn more about S4ES: The Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project visit: www.s4es.ca