Today, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC), in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union and the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, announced the four recipients of their Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. Applicant charities submitted their proposals in the Spring and were invited to present their social enterprise at a Dragon’s Den style pitch night to an independent selection panel that scrutinized potential social impact, sustainability, ability to scale, and leadership. Naramata Centre was one of the four winners of the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund.
The fund will enable Naramata Centre to work with Purppl who will team us with experienced “Entrepreneurs in Residence” to help us refine and scale our business model. Entrepreneurs in Residence are an increasingly beneficial resource in the Okanagan where a wealth of skilled professionals with diverse business and organizational backgrounds bring a balance of experience and coaching, while also helping to hold each social enterprise accountable to moving forward.
“The mentorship provided by Purppl will help Naramata Centre realize its full potential,” says Charmaine Pearce Manager of Programs and Community Experiences. “It will enable us to evolve our existing business model, increase mission driven opportunities while building a regionally-significant intergenerational education and wellness centre for the spiritual well-being of our wider community.”
To read the full press release from United Way please click here.