Workshops & Training

Collaborate with changemakers in Edmonton, grow your network of social entrepreneurs, learn the ins and outs of social innovation. We offer a variety of workshops, seminars, speaker series and other training opportunities designed with social innovators in mind.

Attend a workshop or training event and become part of a community that influences the world in positive ways.


Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

Calling all aspiring social entrepreneurs! Are you curious about what it means to be a social entrepreneur? Are you wondering how to take next steps with a business or social enterprise idea? We can help you activate your idea.

This series is a partnership initiative offered by the Social Innovation Institute, 150 Startups and Startup Edmonton.

You will learn about:

  • Building a business model for social impact

  • The entrepreneurial mindset

  • Social entrepreneurship vs. traditional entrepreneurship

  • How to pitch your idea to change the world

Next offering: January to April 2020.

Details and registration

Economics of Social Change: Workshop Series

In this five-part workshop series, you explore connections between the local economy, community development and social change. Workshops are facilitated by local practitioners and feature guest speakers who are actively involved with community economic development and economic justice initiatives.

Workshops topics and dates

  • Transitioning to a new economy (October 30, 2019)

  • Systems thinking and practice for a new economy (November 27, 2019)

  • Reconciliation and an inclusive economy (January 29, 2020)

  • Financing social change (February 26, 2020)

  • Using business for social good (March 25, 2020) – CANCELLED

Register for one or more workshops.

Enlightened Economy Summit

Every year, MacEwan’s Social Innovation Institute works with Edmonton’s Net Impact Chapter to host the Enlightened Economy Summit. During this one-day conference, participants are challenged to imagine an economy driven by collaboration, transparency and the use of business for social good.

Changemakers at every level and from every sector—business, government, community—are invited to attend.

Enlightened Economy Summit

Social Innovation 101

You know the buzz on the street is all about social innovation and you want to learn more. Join us for a series of presentations that introduce you to social innovation principles and practices.

Each session focuses on concepts and tools that you can start integrating into your work.

You will learn about:

  • Generating empathy-based solutions

  • Testing ideas with prototyping

  • Financing social innovation initiatives

  • Communicating your idea to change the world

Next offering: January to May 2020

Details and registration