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Catalyze New ESEs

TEF provides Workshops, Accelerators and Grants to support the start-up of new employment social enterprises.

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Employment Social Enterprise 101 - A one-hour workshop that will provide you with an overview of the employment social enterprise model, including: key features, outcomes, best practices and more. ESE 101 is well-suited to entrepreneurs, agencies, educators, policy makers, funders and others interested in employment social enterprises. 

  • To view a pre-recorded webinar of ESE 101, please click here. To view the recording, enter password Xr2FR9pp. The webinar will launch in a new window. It may take a few seconds to launch; please be patient.
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  • Once you have finished viewing ESE 101, please complete our 2-minute Evaluation Survey to provide feedback on the value of the webinar. 

Employment Social Enterprise 201 - A three-hour workshop that will provide you with an opportunity to explore your readiness to launch an employment social enterprise, and begin to generate business ideas. The workshop is well-suited for entrepreneurs and agencies in Peel, Toronto or York Region interested in exploring ESE business development. Upcoming ESE 201 Workshops: 

  • ESE 201 - Disability Focus: Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. hosted at United Way Greater Toronto, 26 Wellington St. E, 12th Floor, Boardroom A. Please register here


TEF operates Employment Social Enterprise Idea Accelerators to support individuals and organizations to develop early-stage employment social enterprise ideas. All participants in the Accelerator programs will have an opportunity to pitch for a Catalyzing Grant of $5,000 - $10,000 to conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan to advance their ESE idea. Applications for the fall ESE Idea Accelerator have now closed. Applications for the winter ESE idea accelerator will launch in November. For more information on the ESE idea Accelerator program, please visit this page.  

Catalyzing Grants

In winter 2018, TEF will launch a new grant stream to support entrepreneurs in Peel, Toronto and York Region in assessing the feasibility of their employment social enterprise idea, and in developing a business plan to launch their employment social enterprise. Sign up for TEF's newsletter to stay informed about the launch of the grant program. 

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