We are made for these times
Social Venture Institute Women | April 28 - 30
Lead with Renewed Vision
Social Venture Institute | October 13 – 16
Emerge Stronger
Social Venture Institute | October 13 – 16

Join us in the movement to build back better.

Two decades ago, the idea of “social venture” – that business could be based in social mission and impact – was radical. Through 25 years of convening innovators and leaders, Social Venture Institute has contributed to an expansive and connected global movement of socially responsible entrepreneurship.

As we find ourselves facing the unique challenges of today’s world, we are again being asked to re-envision and step into the new, optimistically driving towards a just and green recovery.

Join us online this October 13 – 16 to take part in a dynamic gathering of mission-driven leaders who are committed to generating positive impact through venture.

Meet your people.

Celebrate SVI’s 25th anniversary from anywhere in the world.

Joining forces with the brilliant producers from SVI Hollyhock (British Columbia), SVI Women in the Bay Area (California), and SVI Banff (Alberta), this is going to be a connective and creative virtual gathering uniting alumni and newcomers from near and far.

Mike Rowlands

SVI Hollyhock
Board Chair, Hollyhock
CEO, Junxion Strategy

Pamela Chaloult

SVI Hollyhock
SVI Women Bay Area
CEO, Practical Feet Advisors

Vanessa Richards

SVI Hollyhock
SVI Women Bay Area
Director, Creative Together

Laurel Dault

SVI Hollyhock
SVI Women Bay Area
SVI Banff
Social Innovation Manager, Hollyhock

Phillip Lozano

SVI Banff
Community Economic Development Coordinator, Momentum

Erin Melnychuck

SVI Banff
Community Initiatives Manager, Momentum


Learn with the best.

 SVI is highly interactive and experiential

Featuring Adnan Durrani, Founder and CEO of Saffron Road, and Karina Birch, CEO of Rocky Mountain Soap Company, personal and intimate “True Confession” speakers share instrumental learning moments on the challenges and successes of building business that is focused on a triple bottom line. Special sessions at SVI 25 also include “Rebuilding Community in Place” and “Creating Inclusive Economies.” Learn More

Case studies are an opportunity to hear about a key business challenge with a panel of experts and the gathering as a whole offering constructive feedback and insights. SVI 25 features case studies from Magnusmode, MotherBees, Universal Access, and DreamRider Productions. Learn More

Interactive skill-building workshops cover a range of topics from strategy and marketing to personal leadership and equity training. These workshops will also be recorded so you have the choice of attending live or watching on your own schedule later on. Learn More

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Networking, Coaching & Community Support

Throughout the gathering you will have opportunities to connect deeply with like-minded leaders through breakouts and peer coaching circles. In one-on-one coaching sessions, you’ll also have the chance to talk with a subject matter expert about a challenge you’re facing. In addition, all SVI alumni join an online community to share ideas, make asks, and meet throughout the year.

  • "SVI was exactly what I had hoped for - a place to reconnect, be inspired, and be reminded with why I love business as a vehicle of change."

    Zoe Currelly Saltspring Harvest
  • "I was looking for a deep-dive into the social venture sphere: to learn, connect with leaders in the field, and come away with tools to help build a better world. SVI delivered."

    Adam Lynes-Ford Iron & Earth
  • "SVI allowed me to connect with others in the engaged in social purpose and purpose-driven work in an intense and comprehensive way that I have never experienced anywhere else."

    Matt Hessey Hessey Consulting + Architecture Inc.
  • "SVI offered a caring, compassionate space to discuss the very real problems and challenges being faced every day by social ventures and organizations. The honesty and willingness to share, and the genuine desire to help and support, truly impressed and humbled me."

    Shannon Emmerson President, Forge & Spark Media Ltd.
  • "SVI helped me take charge of my business and put its destiny in my own hands. It helped me envision where I want my business to go and how I can design it to help build the life I want to lead!"

    Annelies Tjebbes
  • "SVI is redefining the conference landscape with dynamic programming and meaningful content."

    Robert Fisher Dogwood
  • During a global pandemic, at a dark, lonely, and difficult stretch of journey for everyone, SVI Virtual offered a ray of light, support, and community.

    Usha Devi Venkatachalam SVI Virtual Participant, April 2020
  • SVI Virtual was just the recharge that I needed to shift out of my quarantine slump. I feel energized and empowered to pivot my work toward our new future.

    Rhys-Thorvald Hansen SVI Virtual Participant, April 2020
  • SVI Virtual provided powerful tools to rekindle the fire of passion and stoke for my business venture. It made me feel deeply part of a community, helped me leap out of limbo, and created so many wonderful connections.

    Tove Redeby SVI Virtual Participant, April 2020
  • SVI Virtual offers an accessible way for folks from all over the globe and at all steps of the entrepreneur journey to enter the SVI ecosystem and be connected to other business leaders who care more than just about the bottom line.

    W Bolm SVI Virtual Participant, April 2020

Our Partners

We are grateful to our Partners and Sponsors who provide critical support to ensure SVI’s success and to increase accessibility by supporting the conference scholarship fund. If you are interested in partnering with SVI, please connect with us.

Joel & Dana Solomon Fund
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