Pivot on Purpose: Canada’s premiere event recognizing social enterprises

Pivot on Purpose: Reimagining business models to solve social problems

Pivot on Purpose is a biennial celebration and conference that recognizes and nurtures Canadian social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. This two-day event offers opportunities for connection, learning and celebration. This year's event will be held on November 18 to 20, 2021. Tickets will be available soon.

Join us for a full day of exciting speakers to discuss and explore the best practices and latest innovations in social enterprise. In the evening, the awards gala will celebrate social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in various stages of growth and impact. Watch ten ventures live pitch to claim top honours in The Trico Foundation’s What’s Next YYC Award. Applaud the top Canadian social enterprise demonstrating outstanding impact and innovation as they receive recognition from The Trico Foundation’s Social EnterPrize Award. New in 2021, the NU Student Social Entrepreneurship Awards will recognize student social entrepreneurs.

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Join us on the second day to support our youth as they pitch their ideas on how to apply business models to social issues. The student case competition is open to teams with at least one student registered at a post-secondary institution, the rest of the team may include recent graduates.

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Social EnterPrize

Presented at the Pivot on Purpose Summit, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrates Canadian organizations demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in social enterprise. Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the Social EnterPrize recognizes organizations that blend the social and the entrepreneurial by using business models to solve social problems.

Over $100,000 in prizes are available to celebrate the best and brightest of social enterprise leadership in Canada. Nominations closed on March 25, 2021.


Previous recipients

The Trico Charitable Foundation and the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, first partnered in 2019 to present the $100,000 Social EnterPrize. Watch the below video to hear more from the 2019 recipient Skwachàys Lodge.

2019 recipient - Skwachàys Lodge

Click on image to check out the past Social EnterPrize recipients

NU Student Social Entrepreneurship Awards

Presented at the Pivot on Purpose Summit, the NU Student Social Entrepreneurship Awards is open to student social entrepreneurs. Applications for the NU Alberta Student Social Entrepreneurship Awards closed on April 6, 2021. Three prizes will be awarded of $10,000 each.

Students outside Alberta who have a social enterprise are eligible for the NU National Student Entrepreneurship Award which will offer $25,000 to the winning venture. Applications for the NU National Award will open in the summer of 2021.

What’s Next YYC

Calgary ventures who have received an award or successfully completed a social enterprise capacity program can apply to What’s Next YYC for a chance to take the next step in their development. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in a live pitch fest at the Pivot on Purpose awards ceremony on the evening of November 18, 2021, vying for valuable cash awards to help advance their social enterprise.

Applications for What’s Next YYC closed on April 26, 2021.


Previous recipients

2019 Judge’s Choice recipients:

  • Beaverlodge: An app that turns energy efficiency for your home into an easy game that saves you real money.
  • CMNGD: Employing people facing poverty through a sustainable commercial laundry service.
  • Universal Access: Accessibility consultants providing certified barrier-free environments.

2019 Audience Choice recipient: