Case Studies

Spotlight on Innoweave Social Enterprise Projects

The organizations in this table have recently completed projects with an Innoweave Social Enterprise coach.

Product and Market Direct Impact
    Lake Ontario Waterkeeper | Toronto, ON
Defined a business model for The Swim Guide, a smartphone app that provides families with up-to-date safety information on local beaches, while showcasing environmentally-conscious brands who support the guide’s day-to-day operations. By providing current water quality data to beach goers, The Swim Guide prevents thousands of water borne illnesses each year, generates public support for beach protection and promotes a green economy.
    Rifssso | Toronto, ON
Developed the Organizational Diagnosis Centre which provides tools, consultations, and governance support for francophone and anglophone socio-community and health organizations. Through the consultations and resources offered by the Organizational Diagnosis Centre, individual skills within organizations that serve Francophones in Ontario are enhanced, contributing to higher quality French language services in Ontario and Canada.
   SIRCH Community Services | Haliburton, ON
Completed a feasibility study and business plan for the Need a Hand program, which offers a variety of services including repairs and maintenance service, small construction, and cottage coverage/checks to local residents and organizations. Need a Hand offers employment and training opportunities to low-income or unemployed workers, while providing much-needed services to local senior citizens, including small repairs and construction services.
   H.A.V.E. Culinary Training | Vancouver, BC
H.A.V.E. Culinary Training is dedicated to developing job and life skills of its students. Students are selected based on need and put through an 8-week culinary training curriculum. Students prepare the meals served to H.A.V.E.  Over the past 5 years, H.A.V.E. has successfully trained over 500 students, 75% of whom have gained steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry. 


Case Studies

The following case studies describe how different nonprofit organizations have launched social enterprises to meet needs in their community, advance missions, and contribute to their financial sustainability. Please click on the links below to learn more.

  • The Nature Academy

    The Nature Academy is a professional development program that gives teachers the skills, support, and knowledge that they need in order to integrate environmental education into regular curricula. Read more...

  • John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area

    Princess Alexander, an Innoweave Social Enterprise coach, sat down with Dave Stam, Manager of Youth Services, John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area (JHS) to discuss how they are leveraging years of knowledge and expertise gained through community programming to develop a new model for preventing conflict and dispute resolution using the social enterprise model. We follow Princess and Dave’s conversation, which touches on four considerations for organizations interested in social enterprise, including leadership, best practices, strategy and governance approaches. Read more...

  • Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

    Lake Ontario Waterkeeper worked with Innoweave to determine potential (and most viable) revenue streams that could would help fund its Swim Guide social enterprise. They also worked with an Innoweave coach to determine potential partnership and client opportunities that could be leveraged more effectively, and the resources required to launch and maintain the new business model. Read more...

For more social enterprise examples, visit enp’s Social Enterprise Stories and Profiles.