Professional Development and Programs

SESW partners convene throughout the region, hosting workshops, social enterprise accelerator and incubator programs, pitch competitions and speaking engagements. 

SESW training enables connection-building between entrepreneur support services, social enterprise coaches, and emerging and established social entrepreneurs across Southwestern Ontario.



Social Enterprise Southwest partners offer coaching services tailored to your community

Work directly with a SESW Social Enterprise Coach, who will help guide and support you along your social enterprise journey! 

Our coaching is designed specifically to support social entepreneurs, and can vary from single meetings to long-term support depending on your needs.

Our personalized, 1-1 coaching model includes: 

  • Flourishing Business Model Canvas
  • Impact Measurement
  • VERGE Capital Loan Financing
  • Volunteer Business Advisors
  • Startup Incubator


Looking for Money to Start or Grow your Social Enterprise?

Serving Southwestern Ontario, VERGE Capital connects local caring investors that have a social or environmental mission at their core.

VERGE Capital provides $5,000 - $500,000 in debt financing to start up and grow social and environmental enterprises.

Eligibility: Enterprise must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered nonprofit, cooperative or business located in Southwestern Ontario

  • Address a social, environmental or cultural challenge

  • Demonstrate a strong business plan and impact measurement approach