Business schools help social startups succeed

April 22, 2015

An article in the Financial Post looks at how business schools are helping social startups get off the ground. In many cases, social startups are launched by individuals who have passion for their cause, but lack adequate business training. Fortunately, many Canadian PSE institutions are stepping up to help. Business schools across the country, including UBC's Sauder School of Business, Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business, and many others, have launched accelerators and innovation hubs that provide workspace, coaching, and even in-kind services to social startups. The growth in such programs has been driven by growing demand. "Half of new ventures these days have some kind of social concept," said Shawn Smith, Director of Beedie's RADIUS (RADical Ideas Useful to Society) social innovation lab. Financial Post