Applications are open for those looking for an entrepreneurial boost in Kamloops.
For the third year in a row, local technology and mentorship non-profit Kamloops Innovation and Kelowna-based business consulting group Purppl are co-delivering their Resilience and Recovery Program.
The six- to 12-month entrepreneurial coaching program helps social enterprises and social purpose organizations build sustainability and resilience in four key areas — revenue, operations, people and impact.
Applications are now open for Kamloops organizations looking for the entrepreneurial coaching and are dedicated to advancing a social, cultural or environmental mission.
“The program will help you think outside the box and find new pathways to sustainability and growth,” said Kim Mangan, executive director of the Kamloops Music Collective and past program participant. “I highly recommend this opportunity to all organizations.”
Andrew Greer, managing director at Purppl, said the last few months have generated a 45 per cent increase in demand for their services.
“Overlapping challenges like the pandemic, climate change and the overdose crisis highlight the valuable services social enterprise and social purpose organizations provide in our communities,” Greer said in a release, noting the ASK Wellness Society employs more than 15 people in its social enterprise while also significantly reducing landfill waste in Kamloops.
“Social entrepreneurship is a critical part of a just, regenerative economy,” Greer said.
Successful applicants will receive a one-time grant, subsidizing their participation in the Resilience and Recovery Program. Recipient organizations will work with an entrepreneur-in-residence to build financial resilience, improve their impact and develop their leadership skills.
Eligible organizations are invited to submit a short application before Monday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m.
Successful applicants will be notified in September and early October.