Social Innovation Fellowship Program

For youth, 18-30, looking to support the operations and growth of impact-driven organizations.

Application are now open for the 2022/2023 Fellowship Program

Program Overview

Training

You’ll leave the Fellowship feeling confident in the leadership, technical, and transferable skills needed to advance social innovation.

Personal & Professional Development

We value a holistic approach to growth and learning. You’ll receive individualized support while being part of a national community of like-minded peers and industry professionals.

Consulting Challenges​

Alongside a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll work on hands-on projects issued by Canadian social enterprises, non-profits, charities, and co-operatives.

Summer Analyst Program

Social Innovation Fellows and Social Value Fund Associates will be first in line for summer internships with impact investing funds, advisory firms, and acclerators.

Training

Core Principles

The fundamental values with which our Fellows approach changemaking:

  • Anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices
  • Reconciliation and decolonization
  • Community-based research
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CORE KNOWLEDGE

Critical sector concepts required across all disciplines:

  • Going from ideation to scale
  • Systems thinking
  • Stakeholder mapping
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Training Session

core skills

Developing technical skills in social innovation and social finance.

Social Innovation

  • Impact measurement
  • Market research
  • Research ethics
  • Research methodologies
  • Design thinking and design research

Social Finance

  • Investment evaluation
  • Due diligence and analysis
  • Financial modelling
  • Deal structuring
  • Fundraising

Personal & Professional Development

COMMUNITY BUILDING

  • Mentorship and Wellness program led by alumni
  • Virtual socials with like-minded peers across Canada
2019 Cohort of SIA Analysts at the internship kick-off

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • One-on-one check-ins with SIA team
  • Career planning and development advising

BUILD YOUR NETWORK

  • One-on-one, virutal coffee chats with industry professionals
  • Speaker series featuring practitioners from various fields in social innovation and social finance

Consulting Challenges

Past Challenge / 01

User research

Client: Toronto-based non-profit

  • Conducting a market scan
  • Identifying potential customers through an email survey campaign

Past Challenge / 02

DEVELOPING AN INVESTMENT THESIS

Client: Alberta-based credit union

  • Researching emerging sectors that align with client’s interests, with the goal to support the development of a venture capital fund

Past Challenge / 03

IMPACT MEASUREMENT

Client: Senior support social enterprise

  • Creating a cost-benefit analysis framework to measure the extent of social isolation and loneliness in nursing homes
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Interested in social finance projects? Check out the Social Value Fund Associate Program

Summer Analyst Program

ADVISORY

Pillar Nonprofit Network
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Pillar Nonprofit Network

Relativ Impact

Social Venture Connexion (SVX)

Incubators & Accelerators

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Esplanade
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Innovate Calgary

Esplanade Québec

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Investors / Funds

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New Market Funds
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VERGE Capital

Fair Finance Fund

Vancity Community Investment Bank

Kaleidoscope Social Impact

Thrive Impact Fund

New Market Funds

Community Foundations of Canada

Application are now open for the 2022/2023 Fellowship Program

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Current Fellows