The inaugural competition took place in February 2009. Presented by Vancity and JDQ Systems and sponsored by Vancity Community Foundation (VCF) and Enterprising Non-Profits, the event highlighted two business case presentations by social enterprises operators who shared their story before receiving feedback from an experienced panel and from an audience of their peers. Presenting organizations were Tradeworks and Health and Homecare Society. The goal was to provide support to the successful social enterprise candidate while creating learning value for all of those viewing who were working towards developing socially progressive enterprises. Special panel guests included Derek Gent from VCF and Alanna Hendren from the Developmental Disabilities Association.