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December 2014

RADIUS to represent Western Canada for new venture investment fund

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RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ social venture lab and incubator, has partnered with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing on a new national investment fund for ventures committed to tackling social and environmental challenges.

As the Western Canada representative for the fund, RADIUS will be responsible for driving deal flow and building investment readiness within the impact venture community in the region.

The new initiative – which will also see the national deployment of Virgin Unite’s online mentorship platform, and capacity support for incubator programs in Canada – was announced by Sir Richard Branson on December 12 at the MaRS Centre.

Virgin Unite Canada and the Mindset Social Innovation Foundation have provided one million dollars in seed capital to the fund.

An additional $500,000 has been committed through other investment, with a total of five million dollars expected to be raised through 2015.

The fund will be managed by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, and will invest in early-stage for-profit companies with a core social and/or environmental mission, measurable positive impact and the potential for strong financial returns.

“RADIUS is thrilled to include this fund in the suite of services that we offer impact focused ventures in Western Canada,” said Donovan Woollard, Director of RADIUS Ventures.

“We work directly with dozens of early stage ventures committed to re-shaping the world, many of whom are looking for capital to support their growth, and this national fund is a much-needed new source.”

Other regional partners of the fund include MaRS’ Impact8 in Toronto and Esplanade in Montreal.

“The creation of this new venture fund will make a big difference to Canada’s many high-impact ventures,” said Tim Jackson, EVP, Corporate and Community Development, MaRS.

“Virgin Unite, the Mindset Foundation, and the other fund investors are showing tremendous leadership in driving business as a force for good.”

The fund partners also announced the Canadian implementation of Virgin Unite’s online entrepreneurship platform.

The platform will help the partners expand their venture services by connecting more entrepreneurs across the country to talented mentors with the skills, advice and networks entrepreneurs need to thrive and scale their business.

RADIUS desks available for rent: social impact innovators and entrepreneurs wanted (Gastown/Chinatown)

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RADIUS has several desks to rent to innovators and radical doers in our shared office space at The Amp, in Gastown/Chinatown. Check out the details below and contact Operations Manager Maggie Knight at for more info and to express interest.

The opportunity:

RADIUS is one of 15 organizations at The Amp, a new colocation space at Pender & Carrall. We have several desks available for rent in our open plan office, ideal for social innovation explorers and entrepreneurs or anyone doing values-based changemaking. Our space is shared by RADIUS staff, social ventures taking part in RADIUS programming, and other impact entrepreneurs and young professionals, offering plenty of opportunity to share knowledge and build relationships in the impact sector.

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Each desk comes with access to the RADIUS meeting room as well as shared:

  • kitchen – fridge, microwave, kettle, tea and coffee supplies
  • small phone rooms
  • gym, bike room, and showers
  • wired and wireless internet
  • professional mailing address, ℅ RADIUS
  • use of office printer, chipping in for your bigger print jobs
  • a small number of hours per month of board room and event space.

If available, additional shared space hours may be booked for a reasonable fee. We can also provide VOIP phone service for an additional fee. The building is pet friendly, and several people bring their well-behaved dogs to work.

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Monthly cost and availability:

$325+gst/desk. Desks are available month-by-month, available immediately.


RADIUS is a social innovation lab and venture incubator housed at the Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business and located at the border of Gastown & Chinatown in downtown Vancouver. Through RADIUS Edu, RADIUS Lab, and RADIUS Ventures, we focus on people, systems, and solutions to create a healthy, sustainable economy for all. To read more about RADIUS, please explore

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About The Amp:

The Amp is a young colocation space, currently bringing together organizations including Ecotrust, Climate Smart, Light House, New Market Funds, Fraser Riverkeeper, Broadbent Institute, Public Assembly, and, of course, RADIUS. We’re building a collaborative culture of creative disruption and celebration.

Please contact RADIUS Operations Manager Maggie Knight at for more information.

RADIUS at The Amp


RADIUS SFU Social Innovation Grant Fund applications now open

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RADIUS is excited to announce the launch of two new programs to support young social innovators and changemakers at SFU! To see the second program, the Fellowship in Radical Doing Program, please click here.

SFU Social Innovation Grant Fund
Beginning December 1, SFU students working on game changing social innovation projects are invited to apply for financial support (up to $1000) from RADIUS.

We are proud to be partnered with Sustainable SFU in creating this grant fund intended to seed the development of social innovation projects and ventures led by SFU students, while enhancing student access to early stage financial support for their projects.

All SFU students – undergraduate or graduate – are invited to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed monthly.

Check out the details here.