Showcasing Canada’s Amazing Social Entrepreneurs: Applications Open for the $100,000 Social EnterPrize

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates and advances leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship in Canada. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that blend the social and the entrepreneurial by using business models/markets to solve social problems. “There is a growing number of truly amazing Canadian social enterprises, but the sad reality is those efforts are but a drop in the bucket compared to the social challenges the world faces”, said Dan Overall, Executive Director of the Trico Charitable Foundation. “We hope the enhanced prize money will be a clarion call to the best and brightest so that we can: a) help truly extraordinary examples of Canadian social enterprise get to the next level of impact and b) analyse the ‘how to’ of their journeys so as to inspire and empower multitudes of Canadian social enterprises, would-be social entrepreneurs, and those who seek to help them.” The 2017 edition of the Social EnterPrize will honour two of Canada’s leading social enterprises. Each of the recipients will receive: NEW: $100,000 prize money for each recipient;A video profile; andAn in-depth profile in a case-study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution.The awards will be formally presented during Global Entrepreneurship Week; the week of November 13, 2017; in Calgary (specific date TBA). Applications are available at About the Trico Charitable Foundation: Established in 2008, the Trico Charitable Foundation seeks to close gaps in society by provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship. Its work focuses on the Canadian context through four key areas of focus: 1) local capacity building tools and grants for non-profit social enterprises in Alberta, Canada; 2) a biennial Social EnterPrize which celebrates mature Canadian social enterprises (for profit and not-for profit) and commissions case studies on the recipients; 3) The World of Social Entrepreneurship, an annual Calgary event in partnership with the local community that brings some of the best and brightest examples of social entrepreneurship from around the world to Calgary; and 4) working with the JW McConnell Foundation on RECODE, an effort to nurture social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Canada’s post-secondary institutions.  Contact:
Dan Overall, Executive Director, Trico Charitable Foundation 403-483-0996 (cellular)

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