SVI Alumna Bridgitte Alomes featured in Vancouver Sun article

Social Venture Institute alumna Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Play at Natural Pod, was recently featured in Vancouver Sun story about her journey toward becoming a social change entrepreneur. Read on for the article.

SVI Alumnus Mickey Mcleod of Saltspring Coffee featured in The Tyee

Longtime Social Venture Institute alumnus Mickey McLeod, CEO of Saltspring Coffee, was recently featured in The Tyee. Please read on for the article.

Reflections: SVI Hollyhock 2012

In mid-September, 140 business leaders and social entrepreneurs gathered on Cortes Island to share challenges, successes, and experiences with peers during the 17th Annual Social Venture Institute (SVI) at Hollyhock. Here is what this year’s participants had to say about it.

From High Finance to Impact Investing: Q&A with Kate Storey

Article written by Camille Jensen, Axiom News. Kate Storey has seen both sides of the financial spectrum having worked at a large Canadian investment bank, and now joining Renewal2, which invests in businesses at the forefront of social and environmental innovation. We caught up with Kate, who was attending Social Venture Institute (SVI) Hollyhock, to hear more about what she’s seeing in impact investing, and what she’s learning from a gathering of 140 social entrepreneurs.

Working with Hollyhock

Article written by Camille Jensen, Axiom News. One of the first events I attended as a newcomer to Vancouver was Vert-ality, a once-a-year party for the sustainability movement. Entering the event I was handed a small booklet entitled “Hollyhock,” while overhearing fellow patrons strike up conversations about their most recent Hollyhock experience or upcoming course at the lifelong centre located on Cortes Island.

5 Reasons to Register Now for SVI Hollyhock

The 17th annual Social Venture Institute at Hollyhock, September 12-16 is just two months away! If you are still on the fence about attending this September, here are five reasons why signing up NOW will give you a good reason to look forward to the end of summer:

SVI Alumnae, Vanessa LeBourdais, featured in the Vancouver Sun

SVI Alumnae, Vanessa LeBourdais, was featured today in the Vancouver Sun.

In the article "Actor Gets Down To Business", LeBourdais mentions the Social Venture Institute (SVI) at Hollyhock as a key factor in the success of her DreamRider Theatre.

Just Eat Organic!

Social Venture Institute (SVI) founder, Renewal2 Advisor and now rap artist, Gary Hirshberg….

Social Venture Network (SVN) Local Gathering in Vancouver

The other night I attended a local gathering of folks organized by Social Venture Network, Renewal Partners, B-Lab, Vancity and RSF Social Finance. It was billed as “an evening of connections and collaboration” and it went down at the home of Dana and Joel Solomon, a couple whose names are synonymous with the success of values-driven businesses in this city and who we’ll be bringing you more about in the future...

Bruce Poon Tip

In 1990, Bruce Poon Tip founded Gap Adventures in order to deliver an authentic travel experience to travellers, who, like himself, craved adventures that went beyond all-inclusive resorts.  He started the company with 2 credit cards when no bank was willing to give him a loan. Since then, Gap Adventures has grown to become a world leader in adventure travel, offering more than 1,000 small group experiences on all seven continents to more than 100,000 travellers a year.  Gap Adventures' revenue now totals over $150 million and the company has offices around the world.

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