Social enterprise is attracting a lot of attention around

the world – as a great way to make the world a better place.


Although certainly not new, (think of the co-operative movement in the 1840s, or the first thrift shop in the 1890s), the power of social impact investing has captured the imaginations of those seeking to meet a wide range of social, environmental and cultural challenges.

The Canadian Task Force on Social Finance has defined social enterprise as “any organization or business that uses market oriented production and sale of goods and/or services to pursue a public benefit mission.” Social entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, but are united in their passion for change, using business to power that change, and a desire to be more self-reliant in creating the change they seek in the community.

The Social Enterprise Fund was established to provide financial support in the form of loans to organizations in Edmonton that are launching or growing a social enterprise. We now lend across the province of Alberta, to clients with any corporate structure.  One of our friends described SEF as being “like Dragons’ Den, but for good.” Basically, we can provide patient capital to make social enterprise a reality.

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Welcome SEF’s newest staff member!

I am delighted to welcome Gail Yakemchuk to the SEF team as our Administrative Associate.  You can read Gail’s bio on the About us page, and I hope many of you have the opportunity to meet her in person soon. I know you will give Gail the same warm welcome to the social enterprise world […]

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It’s fall, and so back to school!

With the cool fall weather comes lots of new learning opportunities for social entrepreneurs.  Here’s a few that caught our eye. enp-ab is teaming up with to present an “Introduction to Social Enterprise” workshop in Calgary on 18 September 2014, plus a “Social Enterprise Feasibility Workshop” on 16 October 2014, also in Calgary.  Details at […]

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Social entrepreneurs front and centre at Edmonton event

Make Something Edmonton is launching a new breakfast series, and the first topic on offer is social entrepreneurship.  On 14 July 2014, you can hear three great Edmonton social entrepreneurs tell their stories.  Featured are Meghan Dear of Localize, Kyle Dubé of Verto Labour Services, and Antoine Palmer of Sustainival.  The session will be held at […]

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Are you intrigued by the idea of social enterprise? Wondering if it might work for you? Then we've got the workshop just for you.

SEF is like "like Dragons' Den, but for good." Basically, we can provide patient capital to make social enterprise a reality.

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