Media Release


For immediate release
September 9, 2020


Starter Company Plus and Social Enterprise Fundamentals

Kingston, Ontario, September 9, 2020 —  Kingston Economic Development Corporation announces the launch of two programs to support local entrepreneurs, Starter Company Plus and Social Enterprise Fundamentals.

Starter Company Plus is offered through Kingston Economic Development Corporation with funding from the Government of Ontario. The program is designed to provide training for business owners who are launching a new venture or have been in business for less than five years. The program provides an opportunity to pitch for up to $5,000 to support business operations.

The business training will be facilitated by Andrew Patricio, owner and founder of BizLaunch, who has trained over 100,000 entrepreneurs worldwide. They also work with small business owners who are thinking about starting a business, preparing to launch or currently running one. 

"Building a company is already a daunting feat for many individuals, but when coupled with a global pandemic, it's exponentially more difficult. The Starter Company Plus program did an incredible job helping Bounce focus on adapting to these unprecedented times and how to continue building a sustainable business- all in a time efficient manner," says Sean Monteiro, founder of Bounce and a successful Stater Company Plus Kingston participant.

In partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation, Kingston Economic Development is launching a Social Enterprise Fundamentals program. Social Enterprise Fundamentals is an 8-week, part-time online program that covers the foundations of social entrepreneurship, from making sure you’ve identified the right problem, to developing a solution, to turning your idea into a sustainable business model. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, invest in your personal and professional growth, and turn your idea into impact, this is the right course for you.

The program was developed in partnership with experienced social entrepreneurs, coaches, facilitators, and educators, and based on the learnings of over a decade of training social enterprises. Some of the tools and guides being used include: Impact Gaps Canvas, Flourishing Business Model Canvas, Research Plan Template, Research Findings Template, Theory of Change, Evaluating Opportunities Worksheet, Enterprise Golden Circle. 

“This course is extremely useful to individuals wishing to learn more about what it means to be a social entrepreneur. You will learn how to holistically understand the roles and driving motivations of a thriving social enterprise and what it means to generate meaningful entrepreneurial impact. Many successful social entrepreneurs begin as socially and environmentally aware citizens who are passionate and in search of meaningful solutions. This is a great opportunity to gain access to incredible tools and learnings towards becoming a social entrepreneur,” says Joanna Reynolds, Social Innovation Specialist at Centre of Social Innovation.

“I’m pleased that we were able to provide grant funding and training to local entrepreneurs this fall through these programs. It is incredible too see how businesses in the Kingston and surrounding area grew from the Starter Company Program to date. Looking forward to seeing what the Social Enterprise Fundamentals will bring to Kingston and the area,” says Ian Murdoch, Business Development Officer, Business Retention & Expansion.

Both programs have limited spots and applications close on September 15, 2020. Learn more about Starter Company Plus, Social Enterprise Fundamentals, and other programs at 

Media Contact:
Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected] 


About Kingston Economic Development Corporation               

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.