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From Student-Funded Competitions to Idea-Led Purpose Companies

By: Tiana Reid - Published: May 16, 2013
This Social Business top list of early-stage business programs shines a light on stages of small business growth. The examples featured here offer support, mentorship, finances, funding, networks, investment and a variety of other services.

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund (YSI) is one example that is specifically targeted toward young people and filling the gap between idea, drive and creativity and funding and investment. From community-bridging organizations like YSI and impact investment firms like 'trippplus' to locally oriented sustainable business education initiatives such as Springboard Innovation, these early-stage business programs attempt to specify and identify needs in small start-ups while at the same time having an approach that keeps the future in mind as one grounded in social entrepreneurship.