Business Plan Competition

May 11, 2009 - 11:02am - June 6, 2009 - 1:00pm

The Toronto Enterprise Fund is pleased to announce


our 2009 Business Plan Competition!

Is your organization or community group working on a great idea for a Social Purpose Enterprise that would employ people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or very low income?

The Toronto Enterprise Fund provides grants to social purpose enterprises - revenue generating ventures founded by non-profit organizations or community groups to create jobs or training opportunities for very low-income individuals.

To apply for a grant, your organization or group must have a comprehensive business plan and enter our 2009 Business Plan Competition! This year, the deadline for the Competition is September 14th 2009. If you are a finalist, you will receive seed funding between $5000 and $30 000 to start up your social purpose enterprise. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit our "How to Apply" page.

As in 2008, we've designed the Business Plan Competition so that you can attend as few or as many of our workshops as you feel are necessary to prepare your business plan. If you plan to apply to the competition, please contact us to talk about your application. Call Susannah (416) 777-1444 ex 661 or email

Upcoming Toronto Enterprise Fund workshop - in conjunction with George Brown College, we will present a workshop called How feasible is your social enterprise idea? on Thursday June 4th from 9:30am - 12 noon. More details, including the location, to follow.

Between now and September 2009, you can click here to find out about upcoming Toronto Enterprise Fund workshops (and other announcements) as they are posted.


Click here to download our preferred business plan template.

Click here to download tools and worksheets that will help you to start up your social enterprise.

Other resources
There are many resources in Toronto for individuals and groups starting enterprises. Some may be tailored to social purpose enterprises while others are designed to meet the needs of people starting up for- profit business ventures. Here are a sample of events and workshops that you may find useful while writing your business plan.

Enterprise Toronto keeps a list of upcoming business seminars and workshops on their website

The Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) hosts seminar nights every Tuesdays from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. (see for a description of each seminar and the dates it will be offered)

The YMCA Business Centre Workshop offers various workshops and seminars. For the latest details on the monthly calendar, visit Workshop topics include marketing, advertising, creating a cash flow for your small business, sales planning, customer service etc.

If you have any additional questions, please contact


Susannah Cameron
Coordinator, Toronto Enterprise Fund

United Way Toronto
26 Wellington St E 2nd Floor
Toronto ON M5E 1W9

Tel 416 777 1444 ex 661
Fax 416 777 0962

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