Our Progress

We Are Bridging The Gap

Our Story

The concept of Employ to Empower (ETE) began in 2014 through the first annual Street Stores in Vancouver, where the homeless have a dignified shopping experience for free. While the Street Store provided a short-term fix and received support from numerous media outlets, we learned that long-term solutions such as employment are equally more important. On January 3 2018, ETE was officially launched and has been moving forward since.

JAN 2018
  • Employ to Empower  x  Street Market Vancouver Partnership
  • ETE has attracted funding from the DTES Street Market, a recognized organization run by the City of Vancouver, turning ETE into a practical model that is currently training potential candidates
Feb 2018
  • Coast Capital Savings  x  Venture Connections: Top Idea Prize Winners
  • Recipient of Coast Capitals Savings Venture Connection Idea Prize February 15, 2018.
  • The Coast Capital Savings and SFU Venture Connections prize competition recognizes entrepreneurial excellence each year. Judged by a panel of external industry experts, Employ To Empower was selected as 2018’s Top Idea Prize based upon the quality of the business concept, current progress of the business and future executions plans for reaching scalability.
  • SFU & Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection, established in 2008 is one of Canada’s first university business incubator programs and the first of its kind in BC. This program awards entrepreneurs for their exceptional and innovative ideas.
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