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November 2016
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Ashoka fellows now have their headquarter

We are proud to announce that Esplanade has officially become the headquarter for Ashoka fellows in Quebec. In order to contribute to the development and recognition of Quebec Ashoka fellows and their organizations, Esplanade and it partners will support them so they continue to inspire Quebecers to become changemakers.

Discover the 15 Quebec fellows on our website and follow their activities on our social media.

About Ashoka Canada: Ashoka’s Canadian branch was established in 2002 and aims to build a radically new Canada where solutions outrun problems—a country where Everyone is a Changemaker®. Together, we recognize, support, and connect our network of leading changemakers. We work with this inspiring network to amplify solutions and embed empathy and changemaking into Canadian society.

Esplanade, partner of Mouvement

Novae has just launched the second edition of its social innovations contest, Mouvement. You have an innovative project that has a positive social and/or environmental impact? You have until November 28th to send your application for a chance to be part of the 10 projects to be selected. The 10 selected teams will be offered 2 days of coaching and be invited to a pitch night. There are several prices to win, including a $10,000 grant by Loto-Quebec. Follow the path of Give-A-Seat, the winner of the first edition, and take your chance!

2,3 M$ for social entrepreneurship

With the program Jeunes entreprises collectives, our partners PME MTL and the Caisse d’economie solidaire Desjardins have announced the creation of a 2.3 million dollars fund to support the creation of organizations in the social economy sector in Montreal. Through this program, each selected organization will receive an initial fund of $23,000 to start the organization along with training sessions during the inception phase. Each organization will also be eligible to receive up to $13,000 in scholarships and grants and at least $10,000 in loans. We want to congratulate our two partners for this initiative that supports the next generation of changemakers!

New team members

We are very happy to welcome two new people in our team at Esplanade:

  • Jonathan Chaloux: active member of the social innovation community in Montreal and SOCENT, Jonathan is passionate about the mechanisms that will generate action and collaboration as amplifiers for social impact. He will be the new Director of culture at Esplanade.
  • Holding a graduate diploma in sociology and political science, Laurene Conte just arrived in Montreal to join our team as a project manager. Passionate about social economy and innovative citizens’ initiatives, she is willing to participate actively in the Esplanade project to support these initiatives.

Hearing Access World, winner of the RBC Venture Showcase prize
We mentioned it in the October newsletter, Esplanade was at the Social Finance Forum that was held in Toronto on October 27-28. We are both proud and happy to announce that Hearing Access World, member of our Quebec delegation, has received the RBC Venture Showcase price: Congratulations!

New residents
Our team is always happy to announce the people and organizations that have recently chosen Esplanade as their working space: Yoann Le Roscouet et Sarah Carnus, who both join the Ulule Canada team.

Also in November
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