We’re delighted to share our 2016/17 Annual Report.
In the second year of our planned three-year initiative, LEDlab continued our social enterprise incubation program working with community partners ReBuild, The Binners’ Project, Hives for Humanity, and Knack. We also supported a listening project to better understand the needs of low income entrepreneurs and makers. The outcomes from these projects are listed in detail in our annual report.
Outside of our annual cohort program, LEDlab works with a wide network of civic and community partners to identify barriers and potential solutions for systemic innovation. This year we worked closely with the City of Vancouver and more than 30 businesses, residents, and organizations to facilitate the co-creation of the DTES Community Economic Development (CED) Strategy, which was passed by City Council on November 30, 2016. We also partnered with Potluck Cafe on an income assistance policy research project to surface legislative barriers to social hiring and are engaging with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation about potential solutions.
In 2016/17, LEDlab activities contributed to:
»» 5 Master’s students from 5 disciplines completed 6-8 month internships with DTES non-profit social enterprise initiatives
»» 80 new leads for social enterprise business development
»» $91,815 of income generated for DTES residents
»» 643 hours of training provided directly to DTES residents
»» 58 partnerships formed or relationships strengthened among DTES organizations
»» 9 capacity building workshops engaged 101 participants in 274 hours of programming for social enterprise and nonprofit organizational representatives
»» 133 hours of facilitation and strategic planning support provided to the DTES Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee and Urban Core
»» $23,000 in kind office, workshop and meeting space sponsorship at SFU’s Charles Chang Innovation Centre benefitted inner city organizations
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