The twice-yearly Thrive Accelerator is designed for existing businesses to scale their social impact while strengthening their financial sustainability. In six months participants gain new skills to up their business aptitude while growing their understanding of how to address social issues through business.
The spring session kicked off on March 13, and we are excited to introduce the following participants:
- Amandatory Design specializes in data-driven, creative design solutions. Using the power of website analytics to drive graphic design and digital advertising decisions.
- Ecovolution Inc is “Calgary’s most convenient car detailing service,” utilizing environmentally-friendly technology to clean vehicles while maintaining a smaller footprint.
- EC Fusion and Lounge is an Ethiopian-Canadian fusion restaurant, shisha bar, and live music venue on International Avenue – bringing two cultures from across the globe together as one.
- HelpSeeker is an app dedicated to connecting those in need of help with programs and resources for housing, domestic violence, recreation, mental health, education, and parenting – among many others.
- Human Elements is a boutique agency specializing in strategic planning, team workshops, and training sessions for the non-profit sector and socially-minded businesses.
- Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms is a Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) farming business that grows its produce in the backyards of Calgary homes in and around the Bowness community. The homeowners donate their yards with access to some of the produce, the rest is sold to the YYC Growers harvest box and local restaurants.
- Renaissance Lifestyle Management is dedicated to helping Calgarians organize and declutter their homes, and subsequently their lives. Unwanted goods from these homes are donated to the organization of the clients’ choice.
- Ritz Photography is a wedding and lifestyle photographer, with a passion for capturing the hidden beauty in everyday life and special events.
- Sarjesa is a socially focused tea company, standing up for marginalized and abused Indigenous women. Sarjesa works with Elders, community members and artists to create delicious blends of beautifully packaged tea. From each bag of tea sold, $2.00 is donated towards community-led anti-violence programs.
- Third Wheel Mobility is an emergency mobility-repair company. The founder, a wheelchair user himself, know first-hand the frustration of having equipment break down during non-business hours. Third Wheel grew out of the need to make accessibility accessible all hours of the day.
- Vertical Oxygen builds Living Walls – feature walls meet vertical gardens – for homes, offices, schools, and medical facilities with environmental sustainability in mind. The Living Walls improve air quality and bring nature inside.
- Yummi Yogis is a food truck and catering company with a penchant for healthy, creative dishes made with fresh, local, and organic ingredients.
We welcome these 12 fantastic businesses with open arms and look forward to watching how they grow throughout the program.
- Support these local businesses by clicking the above links or get out in your community and meet them first-hand.
- Click here to learn more about the Accelerator program.
- Check out the previous cohort’s participants here.
- To apply into the fall 2018 Thrive Accelerator or to learn more about the program, connect with Meredith Perich at firstname.lastname@example.org.