Social Venture Institute Hollyhock offers the mission-based entrepreneur an opportunity to share challenges, successes, and experiences with peers in an atmosphere of trust and goodwill. Each attendee brings a commitment of social change to their enterprise, whether a for-profit business or a non-profit organization. Over 21 years, SVI has provided over 2,500 entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen their business skills, network with other social enterprise leaders, and rejuvenate their passion and vision.

  • SVI for me was full of surprises. While I anticipated the learning and programming, what I found remarkable was being surrounding by so many truly authentic individuals.

    Stephanie Vellins, SVI 2016 Harris & Company
  • The time at Hollyhock was very special and I’m grateful for the wonderful people who are caring about our earth and our people…..we all go together and the understanding of this really shines through at SVI.

    Shelley Bolton, SVI 2016 East Van Roasters
  • I came into the week not knowing what to expect and with a very narrow focus and goal - the week enhanced my focus and challenged me to think and reevaluate my goals and desires.

    Sam Holland, SVI 2016
  • A mandatory conference for the development of true sustainable leadership.

    Philippe Choiniere, SVI 2016 Oneka

Intentionally Designed to Foster Growth

The format of SVI is highly interactive and experiential. Participants present their business problems to a panel of experienced business leaders and fellow participants. In return, they receive advice, tools, and resources to strengthen and grow their enterprise in a socially conscious way. Based on evaluations and testimonials, participants uniformly reflect that SVI is one of the best investments they’ve made in growing their social purpose enterprises.

Supportive and Experienced Network

The combination of high quality mentors, a confidential and supportive environment, and a practical problem-solving format enables participants to acquire a rich portfolio of skills, a plan to grow their social purpose organization, and a network of contacts to support their enterprise. SVI participants are first or second-stage entrepreneurs who face challenges in growing an enterprise while maintaining a social mission.

Unique Format for Out of the Box Results

Take advantage of this opportunity to fine tune business strategies, learn best practices for solving problems and build long lasting relationships with business peers and mentors. Get direct feedback for your current business challenges from a faculty of successful socially responsible enterprise leaders. Hear inspiring “True Confessions” – personal stories from experienced entrepreneurs and their struggles to reach success combining social mission with business.

At SVI:

  • Share innovative ideas to help improve the way you manage, promote and finance your businesses and projects;
  • Build a stronger sense of community, cooperation, mission and effectiveness; and
  • Experience the deep rejuvenation integral to the learning journey.

This program is for CEOs, Executive Directors, Founders, key staff, social entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders of all kinds.