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Building Up: A Case Study on Social Entrepreneurship in Toronto

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posted on 22.05.2021, 17:50 by Kristen MacCarthy
This holistic case study showcases Building Up as an exemplar of a successful social enterprise in the city of Toronto. Data was collected through the interviewing of the founder, an employee, and a program participant in addition to an observational visit. Many perspectives surrounding the evolution, current conduct of the organization, and its overall impact were gained. The findings shine light on important aspects of social entrepreneurship that is absent within the literature. The discussion of the findings draws from critical and decolonial frameworks which deepened the conversation of what it means to be a successful social enterprise in Toronto. This paper concluded with contemplations, contradictions and suggestions on how best to move forward. Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Successful Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurs, Alternative Systems, Connection, Social Change





Master of Social Work


Social Work

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type


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