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Hives for Humanity: Teaching Community and Impact as a Social Enterprise

For our latest #SpringAlumni blog series, we join Sarah Common, Chief Community Officer and Executive Director of Hives for Humanity, to chat about how her social enterprise connects people with nature and teaches the people of the Downtown Eastside community how to raise bees, produce honey and seek their own form of healing. Take the

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How To Use Storytelling to Nail Your Pitch & Win the Audience

We know through companies and people from Apple to Gandhi, it is the “Why” that inspires people, teams, customers, and partners to collaborate with you to change the world. We broke down the key elements of an engaging story. Including an example step-by-step storytelling formula to help nail your next pitch.

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Debt Financing for Startups: A Primer

The problem is familiar to anyone who has ever started and run a company for a few years: all of the development and sales efforts have paid off, and you’ve landed the biggest purchase order of your company’s young life. This order will let you be cash flow positive for the first time following two years of investment. The problem is that you’ll need money to satisfy the order, either for more development of your service offering, or ordering inventory before a payment has been received.

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Funding Report: Key Findings From Startups Who Have Raised Capital with Spring

Raising capital for one’s business is an exhilarating, exhausting, and important phase in every entrepreneur’s journey. Spring is excited to have been a partner in this financial quest for a number of entrepreneurs which is why we’re excited to share some of the highlights and trends of funding rounds completed by our Spring alumni in 2016.

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Spring in Q1 2017: Highlighting The Top 10 Moments

Over the past three months, a LOT has happened at Spring. Like many startups, time moves fast. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, which is why we recognize it’s important to hit pause, reflect, and humbly celebrate the wins, big or small, both at Spring and within our impact-driven community of alumni

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The Importance of Mentorship to Entrepreneurs  

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we joined our friends at Futurpreneur to discuss the importance of mentorship for entrepreneurs and to honour and celebrate our volunteer mentors who help make the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem stronger and brighter. As someone who has been a mentor and advisor to countless startups, Keith Ippel, CEO and Cofounder

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5 Articles On Why You Should Care About Impact Investing

Here at Spring, we spend countless hours browsing and reading our favourite blogs and staying up to date on the latest entrepreneurship trends. If you’re looking to discover new think pieces or add to your weekend reading list, here are five articles curated by Sana Kapadia, Impact and Funding Program Manager at Spring Startup School,

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Meet the Spring Team: Orane Cheung

It’s about time we introduced the human behind most communication channels at Spring. She’s the one who tweets, blogs, double-taps your photos, and pens the weekly newsletters. She also plans many events including the quarterly Spring Showcase, a night where we celebrate our impact-driven entrepreneurs through storytelling, demos, food, and drink. Meet Orane Cheung, often

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Sunthetic: Changing the World One Solar Panel at a Time

As part of our ongoing series to profile and showcase our impact-driven #SpringAlumni, we went international to feature Belgium-based, Sunthetic, the thinnest solar-powered case charger for the iPhone. Sunthetic strives to combine sustainable energy principles with technological innovation and situate them into day-to-day practices of people and their devices. Cofounded in 2015 by CEO, Gerardo

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THRIVE: Overcoming Challenges & Building A Sustainable Business

Back in November 2016, we first met Jamie Smith, Owner of THRIVE, a female artist community which empowers women to create an art practice and business they love and fits the lifestyle they want. At the time, Jamie was getting ready to take her business to the next level with the Grow program at Spring. Today,

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