Chairman, Renewal Funds
Joel Solomon is Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada's largest social venture capital firm. Launching in 2013, Renewal3 and the Instinct Fund now build upon the legacy of aligning money with values established by Renewal2 and Renewal Partners. Joel serves as a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and speaks frequently throughout North America, including a recent TEDxVancouver talk. He is a founding member of Social Venture Network (SVN), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Tides Canada Foundation, and is board chair of Hollyhock.
"By 2008 Renewal Partners was fully invested, with a more than 12 percent internal rate of return for companies it invested more than $50,000 in. — from Stonyfield Farm to Village Real Estate. SPUD to Lunapads. Sungevity to IceStone, Salt Spring Co!ee to Good Capital, AlterEco to Mamma Chia, Guayaki to TerraCycle, Better World to Grameen, Greyston Bakery and Teeccino. Renewal’s early seed capital has played financial and moral support roles in many investments in the SVN business community."