Social Venture

entrepreneurship@UBC’s Social Venture program backs impact-driven entrepreneurs providing them with the tailored programming, mentorship and resources to help them succeed.

Program Summary


entrepreneurship@UBC's Social Venture Incubator program is for entrepreneurs whose main goal is to solve a pressing social or environmental issue. Our mission is to help them succeed by providing them with programming tailored to the unique needs of social ventures which includes workshops, mentorship, access to networks and a supportive peer community. 

The 2020 Social Venture Incubator program is being delivered in collaboration with Spring

What you get

You and your team will  join a cohort of social ventures and benefit from: 


  • Venture building content specifically for social ventures, complemented by best practices developed in the tech industry

  • Startup and skill development training to boost venture survival and growth prospects

  • Guest speakers with a broad range of social venture experience 

  • Focused mentorship from industry leaders, advisors and subject matter experts

  • A collaborative and supportive community of like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs

  • Access to co-working space, onsite boardrooms and conference rooms

  • Opportunity to join entrepreneurship@UBC’s venture alumni network


Program Overview

Phase 1: Why YOU?



The Social Venture program provides teams the support and expertise needed to build your business, helping you to launch a venture with impact. The program will take you through customer discovery to identify your key customers and will help educate you on finding right investors for your venture at every level, teaching you what it means to be investment ready at each stage. 

You will work regularly one-on-one with our team of mentors and Entrepreneurs in Residence to identify and work on the goals and milestones most critical to your particular venture. 


Program  Eligibility

We are looking for passionate entrepreneurs with bold ideas that could solve a major social, environmental or economic problem.

To be eligible, you and your team must have ALL of the following characteristics:

  • Your concept addresses a specific social, environmental or economic problem, you have a defined theory of change and are willing to measure and work to maximize your impact.

  • You have a motivated team of at least two people who are receptive to coaching and are aware of and committed to the time required to build a new venture. 

  • At least one of the team members is a UBC student, faculty, staff member, or a recent UBC alumnus (within 5 years of graduation). 

  • The team is aware of and committed to the time required to build a new venture.  Ventures will be accepted only if they fully commit to the program and their venture.

  • Commitment:​
    • Active engagement with cohort 

    • In-person participation in bi-weekly sessions

Program  Timing

  • February 4th - July 7th, 2020

  • Bi-weekly 3 hour sessions (time to be confirmed) 

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