Social Venture Institute (SVI)

September 18-22nd 2024

Register now for September 18-22nd 2024, set your goals, start budgeting for the trip or submit your scholarship application and prepare for another transformative experience. SVI is all about elevating your impact, connecting with like-minded leaders, and fostering innovation in the world of social entrepreneurship.

Register now for SVI! Together, we’ll continue to create positive change and make a difference.


Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem

Justice Leadership Solutions & the Cultural Somatics Institute

Meet Your Team

2024 SVI Producer team: 

Practical Feet Advisors CEO, Pamela Chaloult

Pamela Chaloult

SVI & SVIW Advisory Circle & SVIW Co-Founder
Founder & CEO, Practical Feet Advisors

Find out why SVI sells out every year:

  • True Confessions presentations from social venture leaders
  • Interactive case studies featuring real strategic challenges
  • Skill building workshops
  • Opportunities to get business advice from 1:1 advisors
  • Peer mentoring and networking
  • Fun! Evening parties, campfires, and connection time
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2024 True Confessions Speakers

  • Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez, TomboyX
    Cofounders, Fran and Naomi are driven by a belief that brands can be a force for positive change, and their messaging promotes a human agenda to inspire conversation about gender, confidence, acceptance, and inclusion.
  • Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasiḵ̓an Sxwchálten, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) 

    Khelsilem is a prominent Indigenous leader and current Chairperson of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). First elected to Council in 2017, Chairperson Khelsilem was an official Spokesperson and active in leading work on various projects and initiatives, including developing an affordable housing not-for-profit that is building 1,000 units of subsidized affordable homes and the 6,000-market apartment development at his Nation’s Sen̓áḵw lands, the largest Indigenous housing development in Canadian history.

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Interactive Case Studies & Business Problem Solving Sessions

At SVI we will feature three enterprises that have identified a specific strategic challenge to a panel of experts. The format of SVI is highly interactive and experiential. Participants present their business problems to a panel of experienced business leaders and fellow participants. In return, they receive advice, tools, and resources to strengthen and grow their enterprise in a socially conscious way.

Stay tuned for SVI Case Study Presenters

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Skill Building Workshops

Learn practical tools and tactics in SVI workshops. Workshop topics cover sales, marketing, finance, strategy, and leadership. Stay tuned for the full workshop list!

  • Introduction to Somatic Abolitionism with Resmaa Menakem

    As a person of color, an Indigenous person, or a white person, are you open to exploring and healing the effects of racism or supremacy within your own body? Are you interested in doing the challenging work of releasing racialized trauma and building an anti-racist culture? Resmaa guides you through an introduction to somatic abolitionism—an embodied anti-racist practice and process of culture building that he developed. Resmaa’s emergent somatic abolitionism practice is a form of maturation into a more integrated human experience and a way of being in the world.

  • Agile Strategy for the Social Venture with Mike Rowlands

    Today, effective strategy integrates culture and brand, embraces the change that’s all around us, and is captured in a living document that empowers leaders through change, growth, and organizational development.

    In this session Mike Rowlands will share insights into Junxion’s Turning Point™ approach, which blends Agile methodologies, Appreciative Inquiry, stakeholder engagement and systems thinking in an integrated model that’s been implemented by many SVI alumni in their ventures—and a long list of visionary, social purpose organizations.

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Special Offer: Register by July 31 and Receive a copy of The Greater Good by SVI Alumni Madeline Shaw!

When you register for SVI by July 31, you will receive a complimentary copy of SVI alumni and award-winning social entrepreneur Madeleine Shaw’s book, “The Greater Good: Social Entrepreneurship for Everyday People Who Want to Change the World.”

In this inspiring book groundbreaking menstrual health innovator Madeleine Shaw (co-founder of Aisle, previously known as Lunapads) shares insights from her 25-year journey and offers tools and encouragement for others considering starting their own impact-based projects or ventures for the greater good. Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable insights and inspiration while securing your spot at SVI!


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Tuition: $1200 CAD

Meals & Accommodation:

  • Campus stay rates are in addition to tuition, and range from $750-2000 depending on your accommodation choice.
  • Campus rates include accommodation, 3 gourmet meals a day, unlimited drinks, daily movement activities, hot tubs, and campus facilities.


  • Hollyhock recognizes that economic opportunity is not currently equal. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities. A limited number of scholarships are available with awards ranging from partial to full tuition.
  • We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.
  • Learn more and apply here

Travel to Hollyhock is easy!

  • Embrace stress-free travel by booking our all-inclusive charter for $325, which includes transportation from Vancouver or Nanaimo. We’re delighted to partner with Indigenous-owned company  Two Worlds Transportation to offer this service.
  • Want to plan your own trip? Check out sample travel itineraries

Our Partners

Thank you to our community partners for helping support, uplift, and work together to eliminate barriers to equity and economic access!

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Community Amplifiers

Thank you to our community amplifiers for helping support, uplift, and work together to eliminate barriers to equity and economic access!

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