The social innovation ecosystem still doesn’t understand Indigenous innovation. This project is working to close the gap.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ Wìdjìwàgan project runs online courses for Indigenous innovators and settler ecosystem supporters

Why It Matters

The rate of new businesses in Indigenous communities is growing at five times the rate of non-Indigenous entrepreneurship. The size of the Indigenous business economy is expected to grow from $30 billion to $100 billion by 2025. If impact investors want in, they need a much deeper understanding of what makes up Indigenous innovation.

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