UCeed Social Impact Fund

A unique partnership in social finance that supports a growing ecosystem of organizations focused on making positive changes in our communities.

Activated by Innovate Calgary, the university’s knowledge transfer and business incubator, UCeed is a pre-seed investment fund utilizing loans and equity investments to accelerate transformational impact in our communities. 

Social Impact

Social Impact Fund

Award

$30,000 up to $300,000 investment (CAD)

Criteria

  • Social enterprises including, non-profits, for-profit, charities, and cooperatives with demonstrable community benefit commercializing evidence-based solutions to issues.
  • UCeed Social Impact is open to a broad interpretation of social impact; however, priority will be given to opportunities that address pressing local and international issues. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is a useful reference.
  • Must be incorporated prior to receipt of funds.
  • Minimum one (1) full-time employee within six (6) months of UCeed investment.

Applicants are encouraged to download the Reference Document and develop your responses prior to completing the application form as you will not be able to save during the submission process.


Application deadline

The UCeed Social Impact Fund has a minimum of three intake periods per year. The application deadlines are defined for the next two intake periods. To be guaranteed for funding consideration in the respective period, applications must be submitted by: April 30, 2021, September 30, 2021.


About the UCeed Social Impact Fund

The UCeed program is made possible by the generosity of United Way of Calgary and Area and the University of Calgary. The UCeed Social Impact Fund accelerates socially-purposed organizations using enterprising models to reach mission-critical milestones. These may include their next round of financing or attraction of management and resources to build value in the companies, and community. As an early-stage investment fund, UCeed uses outcome-based investment with funding to accomplish defined milestones.

United Way donation plants seeds for social impact

Learn how a $2.5-million donation from United Way of Calgary and Area has helped to establish the UCeed Social Impact Fund.

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UCeed Social Impact Fund Information Session

An overview of the Social Impact Fund and discussion on eligibility and how this fund can advance your social enterprise with Jordana Armstrong, Associate Director, Clinical and Social Innovation, and Greg Mack, Senior Business Analyst, Seed Funds.
 

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