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May 2013

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference Tickets (free!)

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Interested in the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference being held in Vancouver June 17-19? Are you a student or recent grad that can’t afford to go? Please see the announcement below from our friends at – note submissions are due on the 3rd!


Special opportunity to get free tickets for the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2013 is pleased to announce that there are free tickets available for university students and recent graduates for the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2013 taking place from June 17-19, 2013 in Vancouver!

See the exciting conference agenda at

We have a limited number of tickets available for the winners of a writing competition.

How to win a free ticket

Simply write a short passage explaining what responsible investing means for Canada’s social and economic prosperity, and how you hope to get involved. Please submit your response no later than Monday, June 3 to

The best responses, to be adjudged by a panel, will win a pass to the full conference (travel and lodging not included) and be invited to sit at a special table with SRI professionals at the conference gala dinner on Tuesday, June 18. Please see guidelines below!


  • Deadline: Monday, June 3 at 5:00 PM EDT
  • Length: 250 – 500 words
  • Submission must be in document format (.doc or .docx), with the font Times New Roman and 12pt font size.


Please respond to the following question:

What does responsible investment mean for Canada’s social and environmental prosperity? How do you hope to get involved?

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality and clarity of writing
  • Your level of understanding and knowledge regarding responsible investment
  • Relevance of the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2013 to your professional development (How will attending the conference support your career aspirations?)

These tickets are being provided in order to engage the next generation of talent in responsible investing.

Supplementary Information

In the email that you send, please indicate the following:

  • Name
  • University
  • Program
  • Expected year of graduation (may be 2013, if you graduated this year)
  • Any relevant extracurricular activities (no more than three lines)

 Note: Selected submissions may be posted on as part of the coverage of the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2013. By making a submission, you consent to allowing to post your submission.

Ideas @ Beedie

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Check out the latest edition of Ideas @ Beedie – the Research and Industry Impact magazine from the Beedie School of Business. This issue features stories on David Dunne and the Active Design approach he brings to RADIUS, and RADIUS Venture Fusion Kitchen co-founder Chantelle Buffie!

PDF link here – Ideas @ Beedie

Let us know what you think – @RADIUS_SFU

Opportunity – Seeking RADIUS Ventures Lead

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RADIUS is seeking a lead for our RADIUS Ventures program!

Co-funded by Vancity Credit Union and the Beedie School of Business, RADIUS Ventures provides advisory support and services to the best and brightest emerging social ventures in British Columbia. Our mission is to nurture rising entrepreneurial talent, seed the ecosystem with high potential social ventures, and help maximize the collective impact of entrepreneurs, investors, and support organizations in British Columbia.


Download RADIUS Ventures Consultant Job Description

Apply with short cover letter and CV to Shawn Smith (

While we’re accepting applications and interviewing on a rolling basis, we will consider all applicants until at least May 31st.

How Social Innovation Can Build a Better British Columbia

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Check out this new report from the BC Partners for Social Impact, highlighting how social innovation can build a better British Columbia:

How Social Innovation Can Build a Better British Columbia

RADIUS Director Shawn Smith and ‘Mentors in Residence’ Sean Peters and David Cameron are all active participants in the BC Partners for Social Impact community, particularly focused on its intersections with education, social finance and emerging leaders in social innovation.

For more info on BC Partners for Social Impact and social innovation in BC, check out



Launching the 2013 SFU Social Venture Accelerator!

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We here at RADIUS, with our partners Vancity Credit Union, have just launched the second cohort of the SFU Social Venture Accelerator. We’ll be having each team share their journey with you here as they refine their models, talk to customers, and get their ideas into the market this summer. First posts will be up next week, with teams asked to talk about their ideas and goals in the program, and their lessons learned from week 1.

More on the program below:

Presented by RADIUS, in partnership with Vancity, the SFU Social Venture Accelerator acts as a bridge between university and the real world, working with students to build and test high impact social venture ideas. The initiative helps entrepreneurially-minded students move their concepts towards reality and develop projects that will help address social, environmental, and economic challenges.

Students either enter as individuals or teams with an idea in place, or join a team with an idea before the class starts. They work to generate a feasible business model, spend lots of time with customers to make sure they build something people will actually pay for, and understand their impact so they create something that matters.


1. Learn what it takes to build and launch a social venture start-up. We cover business design and modelling skills, customer development, social impact considerations, and develop the start-up skills required to launch.

2. Grow entrepreneurs, not just ventures. Participants gain skills, knowledge and experience to help them in this and future ventures. Workshops, case studies, models, mentors and guest speakers help students learn how to waste less time and money in figuring out if their idea can really work.

Course Organization

Sessions have a lab-like feel, with a mix of “master class” guest lectures, case studies, mentor sessions and significant class time to work on ventures. Each team has at least one dedicated mentor, and exposure to experts, investors and entrepreneurs who will provide feedback and guidance. Each week pushes teams out of the classroom to talk to customers, partners and experts – teams don’t just think about business model components, but test assumptions about them and evolve their ideas week to week. They report on their lessons learned each week, and wrap up the program with a pitch event in front of students, community members, and potential funders.

Each team receives $300 in funding on day one, and the final week includes pitches where the top 3 teams are eligible for funding up to $3000.

“SVA is a valuable initiative,” says Andy Broderick, vice president of community investment with Vancity. “Vancity invests in social enterprise and social venture because it supports our vision of redefining wealth, blending financial, social and environmental returns for our members and their communities. Supporting students who have an appetite for turning social ideas into social enterprises is in line with how we are trying to use credit to accelerate community impact.”



EnabledLife is an online community for people with disabilities, their families and their care providers to learn, share and collaborate with each other to solve day-to-day problems. The online community is targeted towards people with any disability, and members can post questions and provide answers to posts by other members. This will allow people with disabilities to have a central platform to find the relevant information they need, which will help save  time and effort, therefore increasing their productivity and independence.

Optima Institute

Optima Institute is an alternative education model for grade 11&12 students. It gives students technical knowledge in a particular field over 2 years while they finish their high school curriculum online or through correspondence. They will also have industry mentors who will help them develop soft skills such as communication, leadership, creative thinking etc. As they learn the technical skills, they will also receive entrepreneurial training by creating projects based on the technical learning.


Trekkr is a web and mobile platform that incentivizes physical activity by allowing users to engage in activities that they may not be able to participate in otherwise due to potential time, locale, and monetary limitations; users will be able to tangibly map a goal (such as running from Vancouver to Calgary or climbing Mount Everest), track their daily progress, and receive visual updates/feedback throughout the journey. It also acts as fundraising platform that allows users (or larger groups) to organize events and accept pledges or donations. The goal is to create a social platform that connects donors and fundraisers by allowing them to join together on a virtual journey.

Dragonfly Project

The Dragonfly Project is building a community of women through an innovative, accessible learning platform. Our program encourages dialogue on issues faced by women around the globe, while inspiring confidence and empowerment in our teachers and learners.


Refilamer is concerned with the utilization of the plastic waste, accumulated due to a rapid prototyping with 3D printing technology. Our solution allows users to recycle bad prototypes and other plastic waste back into valuable filament for 3D printer. The service will bring down costs of the filament and reduce environmental impact from 3D printing.


Daycarepedia is building a daycare rating and discovery app for families, that also allows them to keep better tabs on their children throughout the day in a premium model.