The Centre for Social Innovation teamed up with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and the Toronto Community Foundation in 2011 to launch the ClimateSpark Social Venture Challenge. This amazing project had three phases.
In ClimateSpark Ignite we used an online platform to find, support and evaluate projects that reduce the causes and impacts of climate change. In ClimateSpark Accelerate we took ten winners from the Ignite phase and brought them through an in-person, two-day business development bootcamp at CSI Annex. Finally, in ClimateSpark Launch the finalists had their chance to pitch for up to $750,000 in funding and financing.
The Ignite phase was an amazing experiment in crowd-sourcing that attracted 2,300 registered online participants, 61 entries, 40 expert reviewers, 20,500 site visits by 9,700 unique site visitors over three months, and more than 3,000 comments.