Au cours des trois premières semaines de novembre, Récolte a organisé des webinaires à l’heure du lunch sur les outils de financement émergents dans le secteur bioalimentaire…
Prep series to launch a socially innovative agri-food initiative
The Flourish series was created to support project leaders of socially innovative agri-food initiatives in the pre-start-up and start-up phases that have socio-ecological impact at the heart of their mission.
This series was designed to empower project leaders in order for them to more easily manage the challenges of these early stages, including surrounding oneself with the right people and preparing to adapt when things don't go as planned.
Who is the program for?
- Socially innovative agri-food projects or businesses in pre-start-up or start-up phase
- Entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial projects (i.e. projects within organizations)
- People interested in agri-food social entrepreneurship
Cost of the series
- 1 session - 15 $
- 3 sessions - 40$
- 5 sessions (entire series) - 64$
To be able to properly compensate the experts and entrepreneurs who will be sharing their time and expertise with you us, contributing to your progress and saving you time!
WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION IN AGRI-FOOD?
“Social innovation in agri-food consists of a new idea, approach or intervention, a new service, a new product, or a new law, a new type of organization in the food ecosystem that promotes, more adequately and more sustainably than existing solutions, the establishment of a sustainable food system, a solution that has found traction within an institution, organization, or community, and which produces a measurable benefit for the community and not just for certain individuals.”
Source: Codefinition from Récolte (2019). Innovation sociale au menu (French only). p.28, and inspired by the Déclaration québécoise pour ’lIS, RQIS, 2011
***The Flourish series is currently only offered in French.****
Equipping Yourself to Become an Entrepreneur of Change
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 9:00am to 10:30am
This workshop aims to highlight the commitment required to become an entrepreneur in the agri-food sector, in order to and how to equip yourself to make the most of this exciting adventure! Through two exercises, you will learn more about yourself as an entrepreneur and the resources available in your network.
Social Financing for Agri-Food Enterprises
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This webinar will give you an understanding of how to launch and succeed with your crowdfunding campaign. It will address questions about funding needs assessment as well as community engagement and communication: the cornerstone of any campaign. It will conclude with feedback from a project leader who successfully ran a crowdfunding campaign.
Financing of Collective Enterprises by Community Bonds or Shares
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Community bonds are fairly new as a financing tool and therefore not necessarily well known. This webinar is for those who are curious about this innovative financing option, as well as any NPOs interested in starting a community bond campaign. This webinar will also address the topic of shares in co-op financing.
Charles Gagnon, Chantier de l'économie sociale
Microcredit for Agri-Food Start-ups
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Start-ups often have limited access to conventional loans, which is why microcredit may be an interesting option. This webinar will discuss the objectives, benefits, and cycles of microcredit as well as key questions to ask yourself before opting for this financing tool.
Indu Krishnamurthy de Microcrédit Montréal
Fail Forward: Lessons from the World of Social Innovation Through Food
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 4:30 pm to 6:00pm
Failure is an inevitable part of life, essential to learning and growing, especially in the world of startups and innovation. Come learn from the lived experience of other entrepreneurs in the food space, to understand why you shouldn't be afraid to fail and how mistakes can be used as opportunities.
Geneviève Vézina Montplaisir, Magazine Caribou
Andréanne Laurin, Épiceries LOCO
Éric Bieunais, Lola Rosa
Pascal Hudon, Pascal Le Boucher
Stéphanie Wang, Le Rizen
OTHER EVENTS IN THE ECOSYSTEM
Below is a list of events by our collaborators, complementary to the content in the Flourish series to support you through the start-up process:
Panel on Legal Structures
Tuesday October 5th 2021, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Wednesday November 10th 2021, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Financing : Basics for a Good Strategy
Wednesday November 17th 2021, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
It is possible to register for each event individually by clicking on "register" under the event details.
NOTE: It is also possible to register for subsequent events in the individual events, but not for previous events.
To register for the entire series, or multiple events, you can fill out the following EventBrite form :
Andréanne Laurin, co-founder and general manager of LOCO ecological and zero waste grocery stores. LOCO is the first zero waste grocery store chain in Quebec and now has 4 branches in Villeray, Verdun, Brossard and Ahuntsic. With a bachelor's degree in marketing communication and a master's degree in environmental sciences from UQAM, Andréanne launched LOCO grocery stores with three colleagues in order to offer a healthy, local, seasonal grocery basket that is good for your health, the environment and the local economy!
Benjamin has worked in the food industry for several years, first in Australia and now in Montreal. His awareness of environmental and social issues guides him in his thoughts, choices and decisions on a daily basis. He is looking for solutions and alternatives in order to promote local and responsible production. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Benjamin supports people in the development of their businesses or their personal growth.
Mr. Gagnon holds a master's degree in Law and Collective Enterprise Management and has expertise in concerted territorial development, as well as in the support and financing of social economy initiatives.He has 20 years of experience in the social economy, including more than 15 in supporting businesses and movements, particularly within a Community Economic Development Corporation Corporation de développement économique communautaire, CDEC)He has been a development agent at the Chantier de l'économie sociale since 2016, where he is notably in charge of supporting new niche markets, the creation of new tools to meet the needs of businesses, as well as the design of new public policies in favor of of the social economy.
With a university education in business and marketing, Eric quickly changed careers to return to a passion developed during his years of study. He chose the restaurant business in which he has worked and flourished for over 25 years. Owner of 4 classic and plant-based restaurants. He has made the environment a personal and business goal. With the future of future generations at heart, he is looking for methods and solutions that combine sustainable development, local work and plant-based eating to prepare for the ecological revolution.
Lover of beautiful products and passionate about entrepreneurship, Erwan has worked for nearly 10 years in the organization, conceptualization and marketing of culinary events in Europe and Quebec. Captivated by Quebec terroir and concerned about the challenges facing the agri-food sector, he founded Ma Belle Terre in January 2021, the first crowdfunding platform entirely dedicated to agricultural and food projects in Quebec. Through his work, he endeavours to make a unique contribution to the the development of a more sustainable and autonomous agricultural system in Quebec.
Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir has been a journalist for more than a decade and has focused her practice on gastronomy. Witnessing the effervescence of Quebec's culinary and agri-food scene in recent years, Geneviève was inspired to address its issues through a different medium, co-founding Caribou magazine in 2014. Since then, Caribou has established itself as the benchmark for independent media dealing with food differently and continues its mission to shine a light on Quebec's culinary culture by creating multiplatform content that informs and tells stories.
Indu Krishnamurthy is the Executive Director of Microcredit Montreal, a microcredit organization for immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals. A McGill-HEC Montreal EMBA graduate, she has a solid background in banking, business management, corporate relations and strategic planning. She sits on the Board of Directors of PME-MTL Centre-Ville and the Social Development Investment Committee of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
In 2020, Guillaume and Marie left Montreal and moved to St-Anicet to open their agrotourism farm. Their mission is to become self-sufficient in food and to educate the public about the modern food chain. In April 2021, they launched their very first crowdfunding campaign on Ma Belle Terre to raise $10,000. Their goal was surpassed, they reached $12,000!
Marie Lacasse worked for 16 years as a coordinator and co-founding member in an eco-food logistics hub for a producer cooperative. Over the past 20 years, she has acquired varied experience in organic agriculture, sustainable development, territorial development and consultation. She has been a member of various boards of directors of local and regional development organizations. She is currently a strategic project management consultant at the Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité since 2019. She is interested in cooperative issues in agri-food, health, housing, circular economy and everything related to participatory financing by the community.
Pascal Hudon holds a certificate in management and socio-cultural practice of gastronomy from UQAM. He has been a butcher for 25 years and owns Pascal le boucher. His studies and personal experiences have led him to develop an expertise in various food-related issues (environmental, cultural, tourist and economic), particularly those related to meat consumption. His neighborhood business in Villeray is part of the neo-butchery movement and offers products directly from local breeders who work with the greatest respect for animals and their role in maintaining biodiversity. It has a keen interest in soil regeneration, dynamic and sustainable occupation of the territory as well as local food in all seasons, taking into account its northern character.
Stephanie is born in Montreal from Cantonese parents that grew up in Madagascar. Her mother was passionated by gardening, organic food and travels. After studying sociology of agriculture, working and woofing on organic farms, and working with farmers' organizations affiliated with the global peasant movement La Via Campesina for the past 5 years, Stephanie finally decided to start farming. Because food sovereignty starts here and now, and because we need more small farmers to feed our communities.
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