Programs and Projects

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From growing early-stage ventures in our accelerators to launching brand-new enterprises through our labs, we bring changemakers together and provide them with the knowledge, skills, connections and resources they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact.

For events and workshops, check out CSI’s Programming Calendar.

Focus Area
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Climate Ventures
Accelerator programs for Canadians tackling climate and water challenges through the power of entrepreneurship. Access mentors, advisors, training, and networks with Accelerate from Anywhere. All you need is an internet connection!
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  • CSI Educates
  • Climate Ventures
Apply by: March 2022
Learn the foundations of impact entrepreneurship and begin your journey, from identifying the right problem to turning your solution into a sustainable business model.
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Climate Ventures
Apply by: January 16, 2022
Prove your venture's potential. This 6-week program will help you validate your value proposition and business model, hone your pitch, develop your minimum viable product, and more.
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Climate Ventures
Apply by: Applications Closed
Earth Tech is a six-month accelerator for those working on climate or water technology solutions that will positively impact communities and ecosystems across Canada.
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  • CSI Connects
  • Community Wealth, Social Ventures
In this event series, you’ll hear from incredible leaders who create positive change and that builds the Next Economy - one that is regenerative, equitable, and prosperous for all.
Every One Every Day
  • CSI Solves
  • Community Wealth
A new community project in Regent Park: get to know your neighbours and make our neighbourhood even better!
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  • CSI Educates
  • Social Ventures
Adopting Common Measures is a national three-year project that aims to support Social Purpose Organizations as they measure and track their impact towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopting Common Measures is being led by the Centre for Social Innovation, in partnership with Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and the Common Approach to Impact Measurement.
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  • CSI Solves
  • Social Ventures
CSI Institute has partnered with Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and MaRS on a social innovation lab to understand how the ‘Financialization of Housing’ is impacting housing affordability in Canada, and support the goal of every Canadian having a home they can afford that meets their needs by 2030.
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  • CSI Solves
  • Community Wealth
The City of Toronto and CSI are working together to facilitate a set of meetings between homelessness experts and social entrepreneurs.
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Social Ventures
The League of Social Entrepreneurs will combine their entrepreneurial energy with social innovation labs and the firepower of acceleration and incubation to create enterprising solutions that Build Back Better.
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Climate Ventures
Climate Ventures fast-tracks the success of innovators developing solutions to the climate crisis. A joint initiative of CSI and Foresight Canada, we also collaborate with investors, industry, government and academia to solve challenges and scale solutions.
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Social Ventures
CSI is offering social enterprise training programs for women and gender non-binary entrepreneurs as part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN).
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  • CSI Accelerates
  • Social Ventures
Apply by: Applications Closed
Ready to take your social purpose business to the next level? Grow is a three-month accelerator designed to support women-led, validation-stage social enterprises.
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  • CSI Invests
  • Social Ventures
Apply by: Applications Closed
The Investment Readiness Sandbox is for women and gender non-binary people who lead established social ventures, who have a defined capital need, and who are preparing for funding or investment in the coming year.
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  • CSI Educates
  • Social Ventures
Are you a social entrepreneur or innovator looking to be part of a dynamic community? Do you love meeting new people and solving new problems every day? Would you exchange eight hours a week for a fantastic free workspace? The DECA program is perfect for you.