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Why social ventures?

In March of 2012 I bought a one-way ticket to Uganda and began planning a year of global travel mixed with internships at companies looking to change the world. This experience enhanced my belief that social ventures will solve many persistent problems. After returning to Vancouver in August 2013 I’ve been consulting with small businesses and start up companies while looking to assist both local and international Social Ventures.

I am extremely interested in utilizing technology to assist with energy, water, and food issues in emerging markets. Developing new business models to provide a better service at a greater scale than the traditional development sector.

George Bernard Shaw

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

George Bernard ShawNobel Prize Recipient

Our Long Term Mission

To utilize technology to improve lives and provide basic resources (water, energy, shelter) in Emerging Markets.

Growth

Hitting Scale is essential to the success of for-profit social ventures. This requires a visionary team and organizational capabilities.

Sustainability

Moving beyond sustainability to actually creating an ideal environment is the new level of achievement.

Metrics

Whether you want to increase literacy or improve access to clean drinking water, metrics are becoming increasingly important for grants, or impact investors looking to measure success.

Volunteering

We feel that giving back to the community is essential and continue to actively work with several organizations. Ryan’s main interests are in Entrepreneurship and Youth Development, working with UBC Start Up Weekend he recruited coaches to help students accelerate their ventures during the 54 hour event. Over the past several years he has also played an essential role as a board member and fundraising committee member with the Alpha Delta Phi BC Chapter Alumni Association.

Rob Foxall

“Ryan continues to support the University of British Columbia’s entrepreneurship program years after graduation. As the founder of SPARK he rallied UBC entrepreneurial alumni by hosting events and he acts as an advisor for UBC Start Up Weekend, a 54 hour event that brings students from all faculties together to teach venture creation.”

Rob FoxallUBC Start Up Weekend Advisor, Past SPARK Planning Committee Member
Kellan Higgins

“Ryan is committed to helping the Men’s Fraternity prosper, helping to establish an endowment, improving board management practices and helping to create our most recently launched successful fundraising campaign.”

Kellan HigginsAlpha Delta Phi Fundraising Committee