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ESE Idea Accelerator

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Overview

Interested in exploring the development of an employment social enterprise idea?

TEF regularly runs the ESE Idea Accelerator program, which supports individuals and organizations in developing early-stage employment social enterprise ideas. The Accelerator supports participants to strengthen both business and social aspects of their ESE idea through a number of workshops which leverage experiential and peer learning, one on one coaching, worksheets, and self reflection. 

TEF encourages individuals and organizations interested in the ESE Idea Accelerator to attend an ESE 101 webinar and ESE 201 workshop before participating in the Accelerator. Learn more about these Catalyzing supports (webinars, workshops, etc.) here.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Accelerator cohort and available here (deadline to apply is 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2021). 

Watch a recording of the combined ESE 101 and Accelerator Info Session here.

Program Description

The ESE Idea Accelerator program supports individual entrepreneurs and organizations to develop new, high-potential, employment social enterprises ideas. Employment social enterprises are businesses that create inclusive employment opportunities for people facing barriers to the labour market. The program offers participants the chance to strengthen their ESE ideas through four interactive workshops and peer support. Participants may also have the opportunity to pitch for a 'Catalyzing Grant'.

Workshop Overview

  • Workshop 1 – Employment Model: During this workshop you’ll explore the employment needs of your ‘target population’ and refine the various aspects of your employment model and employment intervention.
  • Workshop 2 – Business Idea: During this workshop you’ll strengthen your product or service idea, learn about conducting market research, and gain the tools you need to develop a strong understanding of your target markets.
  • Workshop 3Operational Plan: During this workshop, you’ll learn about your options for business structure and corporate forms, be introduced to key aspects of operations, such as human resources and supply chain management, and get the basics of insurance, taxes, regulations and permits.
  • Workshop 4 – Financial Projections: During this workshop, you’ll be introduced to financial planning, and learn how to price your products and services, forecast sales and cash flow and use TEF’s Business Cost Recovery model for budgeting.

Please note that due to COVID-19, the Accelerator has been adapted to be eight online workshops that are 2.5 hours each. Workshops for the upcoming 2021 Accelerator are on zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Wednesday from February 10 through March 31.

Eligibility

Individuals and organizations in Peel, Toronto and York Region with an interest in exploring the development of an employment social enterprise that will create employment opportunities for people facing barriers to the labour market are eligible to participate in the Accelerator program. Additionally, to be eligible to participate:

  • A member of your team must be able to attend all workshops of the Accelerator. Workshops for the upcoming 2021 Accelerator are on zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Wednesday from February 10 through March 31.
  • You must be applying to participate in the Accelerator to work on a new ESE idea.
  • Your ESE idea must be planned to operate in Peel, Toronto, or York Region. 

Applications are open 2021 Accelerator cohort and available here, deadline to apply is 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2021.

Watch a recording of the combined ESE 101 and Accelerator Info Session here.

 

Past Cohorts

Interested in learning about the entrepreneurs and organizations who have participated in our previous cohorts, and the ESE ideas that have been selected to receive Catalyzing Grants? Find more information here.

Testimonials

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no header   TEF ESE Idea Accel Participant Testimonial   BG Club of E Scarborough 1

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