Media Releases

RADIUS announces multi year partnership with Sto:lo Community Futures

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Today it was announced that Stó:lō Community Futures (SCF) has formalized a partnership between SCF and Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Beedie School of Business, to collaborate on the growth and development of the rapidly expanding Indigenous economy in S’ólh Téméxw, the Stó:lō Traditional Territory. This is consistent with many of SCF’s key business strategies and is an expression of SFU’s mandate under its RBC First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program (FPEAP).
Supported by the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation, the RBC First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program is managed and delivered by RADIUS SFU. The FPEAP is designed to provide support and services to Indigenous entrepreneurs aspiring to become the next generation of leading innovators. In collaboration with local Indigenous partners, its incubation programming offers technical assistance as well as strong research and evaluation processes.
To learn more about this exciting development, check out the press release.

Meet the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Award Winners

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The 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Awards are a celebration of the province’s extraordinary young leaders and innovators. RADIUS had the pleasure of co-presenting this year’s awards with the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. A diverse array of individuals with a variety of project types were nominated from around the province. The panel of social innovation experts tasked with reviewing the nominations and selecting the winners had their work cut out for them!

Ultimately, from a large and impressive collection nominations, twelve winners emerged. It is our honour to share their names, faces and stories with you now… Read More

RADIUS make the front page of The Georgia Straight!

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The Georgia Straight recently profiled RADIUS Director Shawn Smith alongside Beedie Business School’s Director of Entrepreneurship Sarah Lubik and Associate Dean Andrew Gemino. The article sheds light on the origins of RADIUS, changing values in entrepreneurship and the evolving role and purpose of business schools in today’s economy.

Read Charlie Smith’s full article in The Georgia Straight.

Join us! Potluck Cafe Society launches new employment platform for Downtown Eastside residents

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Knack collaborators

Knack matches employers with trained workers desiring casual or part-time work

Potluck Café Society has launched a new employment platform for Downtown Eastside residents. Developed in partnership with RADIUS SFU and Ecotrust Canada’s joint initiative LEDlab, Knack expands Potluck Café Society’s social impact hiring model.

“We’ve seen firsthand how successful the model has been with Potluck,” says Colin Stansfield, Executive Director of Potluck Café Society. “We started this initiative because we can see how an expanded model would benefit businesses and DTES residents alike.”

Knack overviewKnack offers a series of free weekly workshops to people who face barriers to traditional employment. The workshops teach eight fundamental ‘soft’ skills developed from Work BC guidelines and consultations with employers.

Workshop participants earn ‘badges’ that indicate a proficiency in a particular skill. The program will provide a reference to participants once they have earned all eight badges. Those who complete the workshop series then gain access to a pool of opportunities with businesses looking for part-time or casual employees.

“We’re currently running our third series of job training workshops,” says Knack program coordinator Anna Migicovsky. “Participant who have gone through the Knack workshops are currently employed at social enterprises like Sole Food Farms and Hives ”

Knack is currently looking for more businesses to join their social-impact hiring platform. Read More

Media Release: SFU’s RADIUS Slingshot program to boost B.C.’s sustainable food industry

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November 19, 2015
Simon Fraser University
University Communications


Donovan Woollard, RADIUS, 604.720.4223,
Maggie Knight, RADIUS, 604.329.0679,
Jean-Philippe Nadeau, BDC, 514.283.4369,
Vancity, 778.837.0394,
Paula Amiama, Zero Waste Market, +49.1.575.883.0727,
Lia Padgett, Thirsty Whale Elixirs, 604.657.9871,
Neil Thomson, Naked Snacks, 778.994.9659,
Tegan Woo, Amoda Tea, 604.368.6332,
Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,

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SFU’s RADIUS Slingshot program to boost B.C.’s sustainable food industry

Insect-based protein powder, First Nations tea blends, and home-delivered healthy snack boxes are just some of the local food-related ventures that will receive a jump-start from their inclusion in SFU’s third annual RADIUS Ventures Slingshot Accelerator. Read More

RADIUS SFU partners with BDC to fund social entrepreneurship

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June 3, 2015
Simon Fraser University
University Communications


Donovan Woollard, SFU RADIUS, 604.720.4223,
Maria Constantinescu, BDC, (514) 496-7146,
Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,


RADIUS SFU partners with BDC to fund social entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs whose business ventures are designed to positively transform society will get a financial boost at Simon Fraser University thanks to a new partnership between the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and SFU’s RADIUS Ventures.

BDC, Canada’s only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs, has launched a new lending initiative for social and environmental projects, using British Columbia as the pilot region.  As part of this pilot, BDC will donate a portion of every loan fee to RADIUS as the ecosystem partner that supports social entrepreneurship. This is the basis for BDC’s commitment to provide RADIUS Ventures – a branch of RADIUS that finds and amplifies top emerging social ventures – with $50,000 in financing for the next fiscal year.

RADIUS Ventures will use the funds to support its Slingshot venture accelerator program. The six-month program is focused on growth stage impact ventures, helping them to become market and investment ready.

“BDC has taken a leadership position in recognizing the growth potential of Canada’s impact venture space, and is the first financial institution in Canada to achieve B Corp certification as a responsible business,” says Donovan Woollard, Director of RADIUS Ventures.  “We look forward to working with BDC in the coming years to develop, grow, and fund the entrepreneurs that can shape our world for the better.”

The new partnership will also see BDC and RADIUS collaborate on a series of workshops for growth-ready ventures within the RADIUS community, covering topics such as globalization; strategy and growth management; IT infrastructure; B Corp certification; and financing.

“With RADIUS Ventures, BDC hopes to find more entrepreneurs whose ventures aim to create a benefit for society.” says Craig Ryan, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at BDC.

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement.  SFU was founded almost 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is a leader amongst Canada’s comprehensive research universities and is ranked one of the top universities in the world under 50 years of age. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities—Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby—SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 30,000 students, and boasts more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.