Our Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou


Our story is being written. It is the story of hope; the story of courage; of dreaming and achieving.  Valu Ventures started as a small group of people from diverse backgrounds who all had one thing in common—they all had a passion to give back.

Two friends gathered on a frigid December morning in downtown Toronto and shared a vision—to create a better Canada, where there’s no unemployment and no poverty. They agreed to work to build a social enterprise to help create opportunities for first-generation Canadian immigrants to start socially responsible businesses.

The idea resonated with their friends, who were already supporting immigrant families in their individual capacities as mentors. As leaders in their own communities, they had worked selflessly over the years to help immigrants find work and live respectable lives. It was time to take their passion to the next level. This group comprised the co-founders of Valu Ventures.

The intent was simple. By helping many immigrants in Canada find work over the years, each individual had helped ease the pressures of unemployment in the economy in their own small way. Now was the time to help these immigrants create their own businesses so that they could help other job seekers get work—by employing them. If instead of helping an immigrant find work, they could all help them create small businesses, the economy would benefits manifold by creating new jobs for all Canadians.

Valu Ventures started working from a makeshift home office location in 2015, with most of the founders still working full-time elsewhere. For them, it was the beginning of the end of their careers as they knew them. In time, they were all committed to make the transition into becoming full-time social entrepreneurs. Valu Ventures was formally launched in January 2016 offering basic services to immigrant entrepreneurs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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