Indigenous Entrepreneurship | Education and Training

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Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation

NEW WORKSHOP opportunities for Indigenous Entrepreneurs!

Are you an Indigenous entrepreneur?

Do you want to grow your business, but don’t know how or don’t have the money to make it happen?

Are you driven to use your business to help give back to your community?

The Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation can help you get the resources and knowledge you need to grow your business and your impact.

Our Approach

The Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation was born out of the need for an Indigenous economy. Indigenous entrepreneurs face unique barriers, so our approach is based on Indigenous values; we are community-driven and focused on building long-term solutions.
Through education, training and funding opportunities, we empower Indigenous business owners to be successful.
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Financing the Social Good

What if the innovation and enthusiasm of entrepreneurs could be harnessed to address societal issues such as homelessness, unemployment and pollution? To successfully tackle the complex economic, social and environmental challenges we face, we will need governments, not-for-profits, businesses and investors working together in new ways to build long-term, sustainable solutions.

Download RBC guide to Social Impact Investing
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Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Learn more
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Indigenous Entrepreneurship - Idea Connector

ICN provides a dynamic, practical, virtual collaboration platform for dialogue about business, social entrepreneurship, and careers.

It’s a platform to connect, share, engage and prosper with other entrepreneurs.

Check out their website for many great resources

Our Team

Jeffrey Cyr
Jeffrey Cyr


For nearly 20 years, Jeffrey Cyr has provided strategic leadership for Indigenous, not-for-profit and government organizations. Mr. Cyr is currently active in supporting Indigenous social innovation and building Indigenous social finance mechanisms in Canada.Mr. Cyr was recently elected to be a 2019 Ashoka Fellow.
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Stephen Nairne
Stephen Nairne

Managing Director

Stephen Nairne served as the Lundin Foundation’s Managing Director since 2007. The Foundation provides "fit for purpose" capital to innovative, scalable SMEs and social enterprises in the areas of agriculture, financial inclusion, and access to energy. He serves on the Advisory Board of several SME funds and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Paul Lacerte
Paul Lacerte

Managing Director

Paul Lacerte is the co-founder of the national Moose Hide Campaign to end violence towards women and children. He is the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors, the former Board Chair for Reconciliation Canada, and a former representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014.

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Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation

Suite 510, 1155 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B5
p: 1-604-207-5532