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Vancouver Social Innovation Pages



Vancouver social innovation hubs include for-profit companies for-good in our community. Social innovation can take place within government; for-profit sector, nonprofit sector, or in the spaces between them. There are a number of growing social innovation hubs in Vancouver that help social innovation startups grow. Many of these offer workspace, training and/or investors for eligible startups.

The Arts Factory at 281 Industrial Avenue is a mixed-use arts facility in a transformed warehouse. This cultural hub includes 21,000 square feet of workshops, studios, offices and common spaces. A unique partnership with the City of Vancouver allows us to offer affordable spaces to the local arts community. The Arts Factory houses a mix of emerging and established artists, as well as arts organizations and professionals in the cultural sector. Our studio spaces are primarily geared to serve professional artists working with industrial-based fabrication process, such as sculptures, painting, fabric, wood, and ceramics. The Arts Factory Society is the manager at http://artsfactorysociety.ca.

Kabuni at 1378 West Pender Street, Vancouver is a collaboration hub where designers can meet with clients to work through designs using Kabuni’s design technology and where local artists and artisans can share their work. The studio holds a series of seminars, lectures and other events that encourage and develop the local design community. The focal point of the studio is Kabuni’s Dream Room, a virtual reality environment conceived specifically for interior design. http://Kabuni.com

Creative Coworkers at 343 Railway Avenue, Vancouver is a non-profit collective of (mostly) creative professionals with the desire to share space and amenities, and build a community together. At over 4500 square feet of space in the edgy and awesome Railtown community, we have an ample amount of space to spread out and work together or independently. The annual membership is $30, and includes two hours of free private meeting space per month, a flight of craft beer from Postmark Brewing, a free coffee from Railtown Cafe and a free lunch voucher from the new delivery service En Root. More info at http://CreativeCoworkers.com.

The Hive at 210 – 128 West Hastings, Vancouver supports and amplifies the social impact sector in Vancouver; The Hive does this by mixing one-part shared-space with one-part collaboration and a dash of love. The community is made up of over 150 individuals and organizations within the social entrepreneurship, sustainability, tech and creative sectors all working to make the world a better place. More info at http://www.hivevancouver.com/.

Decentral Vancouver is located at 436 W. Pender Street, Downtown Vancouver. It has been a staple in the Vancouver cryptocurrency scene since its inception in February 2014. Vancouver stands as a Bitcoin hub with over 50 merchants accepting and thanks to the Bitconiacs and Bitcoin Coop, received the world’s first Bitcoin ATM. Decentral Vancouver is a Disruptive Community Incubator inspired by the ideas behind Bitcoin, Decentralization, and the Open Source movement. We offer shared workspace with our membership program at http://decentralvancouver.com/.

Groundwell at 566 Powell Street, Vancouver includes an eight-month training program to help young people launch co-ops, non-profits, and social enterprises in Vancouver, transforming the economy in the process. It is based on three interweaving threads: 1) Personal development: understanding strengths and passions, goals, dreams and hopes, 2) Professional development: the everyday hard skills needed to build a project, and contribute effectively to existing organizations and 3) Project development: conceiving, building and launching a project, alone or with colleagues. Discover Groundswell at http://groundswellcommunity.ca/.

Spring.is at 105 – 211 East Georgia Street, Vancouver combines profit and social impact that lead to success in the most fulfilling and complete sense of the word. Spring partners with purpose-driven, for-profit startups and empower them to create positive change. The organization believes in 360 degree superior returns. That is, superior returns for not only investors and customers, but also for employees, supply chain vendors, the community, the environment, and beyond. Learn more about Spring at http://spring.is.

Zen Launchpad at 288 East 1st Street is the premier North Shore startup hub and collaborative workspace! As an incubator and accelerator, entrepreneurs, social enterprises, small businesses — and even innovative business units of large companies — can get support and a jump start on developing their ideas. New companies and social enterprises can transform their early ideas into functioning offerings while existing companies can add state of the art features on to their day-to-day, core products. Zen Launchpad offers a creative working space, tools, cutting edge training, and networking opportunities with other innovative professionals and investors. Read more at http://zenlaunchpad.com

Sauder S3i (The Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing) at 221–181 Keefer Place Vancouver, runs a variety of programs in partnership with the Sauder School of Business MBA program, and several independent programs at UBC for their undergraducate, MBA and graduate students, as well as incubation for social entrepreneurs and ventures. Learn more their traning for tomorrow’s leaders at sauder.ubc.ca/Faculty/Research_Centres/Centre_for_Social_Innovation_and_Impact_Investing.

SFU Radius at 90 – 425 Carrall Street Vancouver, provides three main programs: 1) RADIUS Edu With people as our starting point, RADIUS Edu is re-imagining how we support the learning journeys of emerging changemakers, 2) RADIUS Lab Systems focused, RADIUS Lab works with community partners to understand problems and design, test and launch interventions and 3) RADIUS Ventures built to amplify promising solutions, RADIUS Ventures partners with impact ventures to get them market, growth and investor-ready. Get more details about this at http://www.radiussfu.com/.

Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre at 12960 84th Avenue, Unit 210, Surrey BC can facilitate introductions to clean tech investors. Foresight is is British Columbia’s first clean technology accelerator, launched in April 2013. Foresight is funded by the BC Innovation Council to deliver their Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) to clean technology companies in British Columbia. The BC Venture Acceleration Program is a paid, structured, venture growth program designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious early stage technology entrepreneurs and effectively grow their technology ventures. Learn more at http://foresightcac.com/.

BC VentureLabs Accelerator is located at 320 – 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC. VentureLabs® is a partner of the BC Acceleration Network and works collaboratively with other technology accelerators located across British Columbia. The VentureLabs® Venture Acceleration Program pairs entrepreneurs with highly experienced Executives-in-Residence (EiR) who advise on product and market validation, development or refinement of a positioning statement and customer value proposition, and validation of your business model. Visit http://www.venturelabs.ca/about/bc-venture-acceleration-program/ for more information.

Technology and Social Innovation Centre at 312 and 324 Main Street, Vancouver is the future site of the city’s Technology and Social Innovation Centre. It will support a broad range of entrepreneurs, social innovators, and non-profit organizations through incubation and acceleration programming, and through offering business services, financing and training for a variety of sectors including technology start-ups, sustainability and clean-tech, social enterprise, and micro-enterprise. Read more at 312Main.ca.

The Tribe – at 401-68 Water Street is a collaboration space for tech companies, entrepreneurs and startups where we provide an amazing office space with great amenities such as free printing and copy, meeting room, mailbox and bike storage. We also provide a huge variety of services that includes legal advice, taxation, accountability, market research, graphic design and much more. We are located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver and we help every single individual for the next round of financing. Find more about us on our website: www.TribeSpace.ca.

Urban Oaziz - at 1445 West Georgia St. is a co-working community centred on sustainable urban development, including innovative architecture & design, green tech, socio-economic development, and more. We foster collaboration and valuable connections in an inspiring, supportive community with the goal of resolving social and environmental challenges through international partnerships and cutting-edge solutions. For more information and rates, visit www.dudocvancouver.com/dudoc-coworking.

Additional Resources for Vancouver Social Innovation

More Vancouver community spaces at Kris Constable

BC commitment to social innovation at eia.gov.bc.ca/social-innovation

Join Hubcap to connect with others in social innovation at Hubcap BC

Download the guide to social enterprise financing from Small Business BC

Watch the introduction workshop to social enterprise from Innoweave

Fund Your Social Impact Project: http://impactmoneyfinder.ca/

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