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2018 was a big year for TEF. From a new strategy to new Accelerator programs -- we were busy! Read on for 18 things you may not know we did in 2018. 

90+ ESE Managers Gather for TEF’s First Annual Conference

On Friday, March 29, over 90 members of Peel, Toronto, and York Region’s Employment Social Enterprise sector gathered at Building Capacity, Building Community: TEF’s First Annual ESE Conference.

3 Entrepreneurs Awarded Catalyzing Grants at TEF Pitch Competition

On Tuesday, June 4, five emerging social entrepreneurs pitched their early-stage business ideas to a panel of expert judges at TEF’s pitch competition, each seeking to secure up to $10,000 to further develop their idea.



In April, three emerging social enterprises who pitched at our 2016/17 Business Plan Competition received seed funding.  Although they are each developing very different kinds of businesses, their primary purpose, like all TEF enterprises, is to train and employ people with multiple barriers to employment. All About Kindness is a doula service training young mothers who are participants of Jessie’s. Jubilee Designs uses upcycled materials and sells high quality crafts made by street involved youth at the Yonge Street Mission.   Building Up sells low flow toilets and provides basic construction related labour while training people with employment barriers and helping them to attain pre-apprenticeship qualification.

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