BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD
Spring was founded in January 2014 with the mission of making impact entrepreneurship mainstream. While traditional incubators and accelerators tend to focus on technology ventures, we work with leaders and innovators solving today’s biggest societal challenges. The common thread behind all the ideas and ventures that we help support is their commitment to changing the world for better.
Spring is using business as a force for good to empower social impact leaders with the know-how, network and support needed to build a better business.
- Roundtables: Facilitated peer learning circles focused on impact leaders of post launch businesses.
- Programs: Acceleration focused showcase programs including our Global Impact Accelerator Program, under the Start-Up Visa initiative and our Vancouver-Seattle Growth program.
- Workshops: Subject matter workshop with topics ranging from incubation to launch, funding and overall business strategy.
- Ecosystem Development: Providing our expertise in impact ecosystem building to global impact accelerators, co-working spaces and other organisations that support entrepreneurs
- Currently we have 30 City Partners globally, with anchor partners, Belgrade, Lagos, and Seattle to name a few.
- Other projects such as with Impact Hub Latin America and Campbell River
B CORP CERTIFIED AND FOR PROFIT
We’re B Corp Certified and we’re an approved designated organization for the Canadian Startup Visa Program.
Believing that business can be used as a force for good is at the core of Spring’s identity and mandate. Thus in September 2017, we became a Certified B Corporation®. B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of people using business as a force for good.TM There are over 2,200 Certified B Corporations from more than 130 industries in 50+ countries. Our mission of making impact entrepreneurship mainstream is in line with the B- Corporation mandate of redefining successful businesses and inspiring organisations to not only be the best in but for the world.
Unlike traditional resources, we understand that a 1 size fits all doesn’t work and neither does classroom style learning when you’re trying to run a sustainable venture. Instead we adopt an action-oriented approach that allows us to build in accountability, peer feedback loops and a strong focus on values that helps keep entrepreneurs grounded and goal-oriented.
What is a B Corp?
Spring became a Certified B Corporation in October 2017. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Spring was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers.
Today, there are over 2,200 Certified B Corps around the globe, including Hootsuite, Fairware, and SPUD. We are proud to join them in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good. To learn more about our certification, check out our B Corp profile.
Impactful – Know the Why
- Intentionally making the world better every day
- Building better businesses and impact leaders
Action-oriented – Organised accountability
- Focused on ensuring a goal-led foundation drives growth
- Encouraging high-velocity, strategic decisions
Collaborative – Work well together
- A multi-stakeholder approach (partners, mentors, investors, suppliers)
Entrepreneurial – Customer focus and agility
- Commitment to accountability and customer needs
Integrity – Respect and trust
- Act with responsibility in all we do, and do as we say you should
- Create a circle of trust
MEET OUR TEAM
The faces behind Spring who bring a world of knowledge and experience to the entrepreneurship community
CEO & Cofounder
With over 20 years experience as a leader in technology & impact businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $30m in angel investment and venture capital. A speaker, teacher, and advisor, Keith has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs, employees, and investors to deliver grow businesses and change the world.
Chin Hing Chang
Head of Growth
Chin mentors employees looking to start a new venture and non-profit organizations looking to spin out a for-profit venture. At Spring, he has helped our 600+ entrepreneurs launch over 300 companies. As a speaker, Chin focuses on ACTIONABLE advice and processes, not just the motivational fluff, and has presented at various conferences and companies including Protohack, PVCC, RED Academy, and many more.
Vivian McCormick was a practicing lawyer in Vancouver for over 10 years, first with a national law firm and then as in-house counsel with Business Development Bank of Canada. As a result of her work with BDC, she decided to take her knowledge and experience further into the business realm as an advisor. She now guides entrepreneurs through various stages of their business, from inception to growth, with a focus on optimizing operations to maximize efficiency and prepare companies to scale.
Business Operations and Community Development
Madison is a passion driven and value focused political scientist who strives to make equal opportunity a reality. Her contagious personality and grassroots-centred worldview will make you feel welcomed into our Spring community. At Spring, she supports current members, nurtures our ecosystem, and helps entrepreneurs navigate their next steps. Her system-level way of thinking supports our business operations, coordination and community development. Her passion, other than Spring of course, is decolonizing Canada through education, volunteer and advocating for anti-colonial policy.
Chief Impact Officer
Sana brings a rich global background in impact investing, investment banking and equity research, with leading roles at Renewal Funds in Vancouver and EFG-Hermes in Dubai. At Spring, she guides our high growth entrepreneurs in their capital raising journeys. In addition, Sana is the driving force on all things impact at Spring and is committed to fostering an innovative impact entrepreneurship ecosystem as we change the world for the better.
ISV Program Coordinator
Tiffany Shen is an entrepreneur, consultant and creative strategist. Her professional interests include consulting, teaching, networking and helping startups.
Coming from a background of grassroots business journeys, Tiffany uses creative strategy and solutions to start and grow businesses. At Spring, she helps entrepreneurs start and grow their social impact businesses. Outside of Spring, she can be found roaming in the mountains, growing KAPOW NOW!, a Vancouver based health food company, or diving into projects around wellness, AI and outdoors lifestyle.
Through proven processes and systems Nicole co-creates with fresh and seasoned entrepreneurs to invent their own remarkable, memorable, and profitable paths to success. Whether talking about her latest work in emotional intelligence, running an ultramarathon, being a mom, pulling big air at the XGames, or launching, growing, and selling BabyLegs, a multi-million dollar international business, Nicole is fiercely committed to sharing the powerful lessons learned along this journey.
Mari Mathews begun her career working internationally for 10+ years in the ski & tourism industry in business development, marketing and partnerships doing business in numerous destinations across the globe. In Oslo, Norway she co-founded Outtt raising over 4 million NOK and driving the company to over seventy thousand monthly active users and 40+ paying customers. Now back in her hometown of Vancouver, Mari devotes her time to helping entrepreneurs navigate raising capital for early stage growth.
Leaders Roundtable Facilitator & Quiet Leadership Coach
Named among the Top Six Life Coaches in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness, Faris coaches clients from all around the world with different backgrounds, cultures and industries. He focuses on uncovering what is true and unique about them and assist in building on their key strengths.
Faris coaches values-driven introvert entrepreneurs to overcome the challenges they face and leverage their natural way of being.
Leaders Roundtable Facilitator
Hope Yi (On Leave)
Marketing & Community Coordinator
Hope has worked in marketing, event management, operations and administration in several industries including non-profit, hospitality, engineering and most recently, legal marketing. She loves creating content, engaging with the Spring community and organizing Spring’s events. Hope also volunteers with Sawa World, a unique not-for-profit organization using an innovative approach to lift marginalized youth out of poverty using local solutions.