Capitalism is changing. The rise of the “social enterprise” — entities that use the power of the market to create sustainable social and environmental good — are becoming mainstream. Whether you’re an aspiring social entrepreneur or a professional looking to keep a pulse on the changing business and philanthropy landscapes, we’re rounding up the best resources to help you learn about social enterprise and stay informed on the latest industry insights and trends.
A social enterprise is not a thing, it's a way of operating.
Social enterprises can exist as nonprofits, businesses, advocacy groups, and even governmental organizations.
Simply stated, it's a way of creating a sustainable impact using a market-driven approach. As notably, social enterprises force the entire system they operate within to become more sustainable in the process.
Most often, you'll hear the term "social enterprise" in conjuction with "social good startups" or "benefit corporations", but they are so much more.
If you’re ready to dive even deeper, check out these top online course platforms to take your knowledge of social impact to the next level (without the hefty university price tag!)
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Keep up with the latest in social entrepreneurship, impact investing, sustainability, & corporate social responsibility with this collection of blogs and news outlets.
Social Enterprise has been a long time coming. Here's what you need to know about its past, and why the next 3 years are so important.
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Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.
Scaling a social enterprise is no easy task, and the majority of startups fail to clear the "Pioneer Gap" — where those with the greatest potential to scale solutions to local problems are considered "too risky" or "unproven" by impact investors and most global development foundations. As a result, these pioneers don't have access to the resources they need to grow and reach their potential.
So how do you stack the odds in your favor when growing a social enterprise? We've learned a few things in helping hundreds of organizations beat the odds and reach scale, and our guide below shares the most impactful frameworks and tools that you need to grow and scale your social enterprise.
“Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.”