fbpx

News & Resources

All things making social change in YYC

We like to keep our ear to the ground,
have a story for us? Connect.

  • Get Involved
  • View All
  • Events
  • News
  • Resources
Get Involved

10 Women-owned Thrive alumni making a difference for all

International Women’s Day is on March 8th, and this year we wanted to highlight some of the fierce female entrepreneurs whose social businesses are furthering this year’s theme of “Each for Equal”: Alora Boutique – This handmade jewelry company is dedicated to uplifting women out of poverty. Through jewelry sales going to homeless and women’s […]
Get Involved

Gifts that give back to Calgary

The holidays are upon us, and in the hustle to get something for everyone on your list, we encourage you to consider purchasing meaningful gifts from social entrepreneurs such as those from Thrive’s business development programs!  This holiday season, give the gift of community economic development:  Alora Boutique designs meaningful jewelry with sustainably-sourced gemstones, recycled brass and silver. With each sale, 5% goes […]
Get Involved

Incubator graduate fights human trafficking with beach bags

Thea Caye is changing the world for women, one beach bag at a time.  A passionate feminist and advocate for those living in poverty, founder Carlie Rioux partners with a Fair–Trade factory in Nepal, hiring women to sew beach bags at a living wage — all of whom are survivors of human trafficking.  “Human trafficking is the fastest-growing […]
Get Involved

VIDEO: Apply now for the Fall 2019 Incubator

Incubator is a free 24-week program to help start-up and aspiring entrepreneurs flesh out their ideas and build a full-fledged business plan with the help of hands-on class time, peer support, and one-on-one business coaching. The next cohort begins on October 1 and we can’t wait to help you make your business idea into a […]
Get Involved

Colouring it Forward shares Indigenous pride through colouring books

Diana Frost was looking for meaningful ways to support her Indigenous community when she founded Colouring it Forward – a publishing and colouring book company, working directly with Indigenous elders, artists and authors. The idea came to her one night in a dream.  “Isn’t that perfect?” she says, “It’s a very Indigenous way to decide what you’re going […]