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Starting a Social Enterprise

So, your organization is starting a social enterprise. That’s fantastic! You may be at one of the middle three stages on the Development Path shown below. This section provides some suggestions, resources, tools and links to help you move to the next stage.

Social Enterprise Development Path

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Ready to Write Your Business Plan?

At this stage, you have completed your market research and feasibility study and are ready to start planning your social enterprise. If not, please visit these sections in Thinking about Starting a Social Enterprise.

The Toronto Enterprise Fund has developed guidelines, templates and worksheets to help you write your business plan. Find them here

Choosing an Organizational Structure

There are a variety of legal structures you can choose for your social enterprise. Find out more.

Registration & Taxes

Social enterprises must follow the same registration, licencing, legislative and tax rules as regular businesses. Find out more.

External Resources

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute 

Serving Toronto & York Region-based ventures, YEDI presents an intensive 12-week program and guided process for its participants, including lecture-based learning, seminar training, deliverable milestones, peer workshops, and mentorship by subject matter experts. YEDI offers a hybrid entrepreneurial environment comprising of for-profit and not-for-profit innovators from a diversity of sectors. At the conclusion of the term, our students have the unique benefit of graduating with a formal Schulich Executive Education Centre Certificate and will pitch their ventures to investors at the YEDI Venture Fair. The investor audience will include YEDI's own venture capital organization that may contribute up to $500,000 to an entrepreneur's project along with other venture firms and banks that can facilitate direct investment.

 

 

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