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Jan 27 :: How to Start a Social Enterprise :: Ushnish Sengupta & Larry Sadler



Ushnish Sengupta & Larry Sadler
Generation Connection


Friday, January 27, 2017 :: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


This workshop is for individuals and organizations who are considering developing a social enterprise.  Social enterprises can utilize profit, nonprofit, or cooperative forms of organization and the advantages of each type of social enterprise will be outlined. A social enterprise necessarily incorporates multiple bottom lines, namely financial social, and environmental objectives.  The planning and development of a social enterprise involves understanding trade-offs and synergies between these different objectives. The workshop provides lessons from instructors with practical experience in developing social enterprises, and tools for working through your social enterprise model, in a hands on interactive format. The takeaway from the workshop will include a business model for your social enterprise. The workshop is facilitated by individuals who have been involved in successfully starting up different types of social enterprises.

About the instructor: 

Ushnish Sengupta, is a social entrepreneur who has been involved in starting up a number of social enterprises, including Rotman Nexus, Free Geek Toronto and Generation Connection.  Ushnish has an Industrial Engineering and MBA education is currently completing a PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Ushnish’s work experience includes the non-profit sector, government agencies and the private sector. He has experience delivering entrepreneurship and business workshops to a wide variety of audiences. Ushnish's specializations include project management, strategy, social enterprise, Indigenous communities, marginalized and equity seeking groups, information technology, open data and social economy research.

Larry Sadler, is an independent business consultant who has been involved development of cooperatives and small businesses across Ontario. He has a BBA and MBA education, and experience providing business consulting services for 5 years to First Nations reserves in North Western Ontario. Larry's specializations are: finance, computers, strategy, governance, operations, Information Technology management, and three decades of co-operative development experience. 


  • Regular rate: $140 plus HST.

  • Student rate: $50 plus HST.  Proof of student status required.


OISE/UT --- ROOM 7-105


Participants should have completed 4 of the 6 workshops offered within an academic year.


Click on the appropriate link below to register for the Jan 27th Workshop


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