It is wonderfully exciting to be able to welcome you all to our AB Seed website. It's been a full year getting to now and we wanted to share with you all a piece of that story below.
While we have gotten to know many of you already, for those who are unaware, AB Seed is an Alberta wide social enterprise and social finance project brought together by 13 organizations who now make up our steering committee. These organizations brought forth their vision for a strong foundation for social enterprises in Alberta, and AB Seed is working towards this through connecting, collaborating, engaging, sharing, promoting, and building within this space.
Looking back, it is hard to believe that just over a year ago we didn’t even have a name, and here we are with a newsletter, a shiny new website, and an entire 12 months of adventures and learning behind us.
Our first year certainly turned out to be exciting, trying to identify different parts of the ecosystem while pivoting alongside everyone else to the new global environment. It was a year of learning, building relationships, and definitely some gratitude. More than anything, we have been in awe of the engagement and enthusiasm we have been a part of from all areas, whether it has been bringing together a community of practice, sharing resources and information, or the overwhelming response Alberta showed to the IRP granting process. While we still have a lot of work to do, it is clear Alberta is hungry and ready for a strong social economy ecosystem.
You can find out more about AB Seed’s early start in Jane’s article below, as well, visit our website ab-seed.ca to find out more about the work we do and just who is the AB Seed team. As we head into year two, all we really know is to be ready for anything. We are excited to have built strong communication tools to give tangible ways to connect with the ecosystem, our partnerships, and collaborations as they continue to strengthen, and we are actively seeking out ways we can ensure the ecosystem is dynamic and inclusive. Thank you all for contributing to a great year one, and we look forward to working with you in year two!