About

Welcome to Social Venture Circuit

Social Venture Circuit is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to provide educational resources and a peer community for social enterprises and changemakers. The idea to build this community started in April 2020 in Mississauga, Ontario and we officially incorporated as a Canadian not-for-profit organization in August 2020 to help both for-profit and non-profit social enterprises to achieve and grow their social purpose goals. We continue to build community relationships and our research to serve you better. On November 19, 2020, we hosted our first Social Enterprise Day conference. It was a great day of education and networking with attendees from all over Canada and even around the world! It is our goal to make this a tradition with more participants who are setting great examples of social impact and partners celebrating the growth of the social enterprise sector. With support from the Government of Canada’s Investment Readiness Program, our membership community and platform are launching soon. Stay tuned!

There is nothing wrong with selling things to make money. It all depends on how you do it, what you are making, how you treat people along the way.

-- The Social Shift (documentary)

Zahra Qureshi

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Starting her career as an accountant, Zahra completed her CPA, CMA designation and spent several years practicing in the field of financial and management reporting including strategic support for business decisions. With a family history of and passion for entrepreneurship, she pivoted her career to support small businesses and social enterprise through her own firm, Optinum Professional Corporation and as a workshop leader, speaker and mentor with several local incubation/accelerator programs. Zahra graduated from the first cohort of Community Development for Good in Canada, a certification designed for professionals supporting the social enterprise sector. In 2020, she launched Social Venture Circuit to create a community of success stories and support in her local area for a social enterprise economy.

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