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Why Social Entrepreneurs Are So Burned Out

Can entrepreneurs help address the society’s biggest challenges — without burning out? These are pressing questions. According to Deloitte, private businesses are increasingly expected to help solve the most challenging social problems of our times — health, poverty, and the promotion of sustainable development — in the absence of, or in conjunction with, government action. And

How Do We Create A More Diverse Community Of Social Entrepreneurs

Social enterprises are businesses which trade for a social purpose that reinvest or donate over half their profits to further this social or environmental mission. They are an increasingly important part of the U.K. economy contributing £60 billion ($77 billion) and employing 2 million people. Estimates are there are 100,000 in the U.K.. SEUK’s State of Social Enterprise

Social vs. Traditional Enterprise Is A False Dichotomy

A couple of weeks ago, former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas published Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas deconstructs the role of the rich and powerful in modern society, and scrutinizes the activities of high-profile philanthropists. The book has the potential to radically change how we as a society think about social

Social entrepreneurs and global challenges

The idea that a social entrepreneur can help solve major challenges facing our world while at the same time make money like any other business is appealing. It is particularly appealing to donor agencies which otherwise must spend billions of dollars through bilateral, multilateral or NGO-funnelled aid to the developing world. Yet, despite the enthusiasm,

A Pathway to Scale for Social Entrepreneurs

A central question for any social entrepreneur with a proven, effective innovation is how to scale its impact. For many organizations and funders, the answer to this question is elusive. There are many pathways to scale beyond simply amplifying an organization’s own direct action. At the Skoll Foundation, we’ve been carefully documenting and analyzing the work

Why Social Entrepreneurs Gathered At Windsor Castle

Twenty miles (32 kilometers) west of London sprawl the grounds and fortifications of Windsor Castle. This was first constructed almost a millennia ago by William the Conqueror after he crossed the channel from France and scored a victory against Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings. The purpose and form of the castle

These social entrepreneurs have paved the way to success

As the number of social startups continues to increase on a yearly basis, they are driven by charismatic leaders and entrepreneurs dedicated to implementing their visions for the benefit of society. Not everyone is cut out for the heavy responsibility of a social entrepreneur, and even the most dedicated and driven people come up short

How A Startup Could Save America’s National Parks

Parks Project is a new outdoor lifestyle brand with a sole purpose: save the U.S. national parks. After a weekend volunteering in the Santa Monica mountains, friends Keith Eshelman and Sevag Kazanci were struck by the challenges facing America's underfunded and underappreciated national parks. Inspired by their time working for social enterprise company TOMS, the two

Here is Why Social Entrepreneurs are Silent Revolutionaries

Often, large-scale social problems such as poverty, energy, waste, water, education, health and jobs are the responsibility of the State. However, these problems are complex in nature and need the innovativeness and agility that an enterprise can bring to the table for it to be solved. State Institutions lack typical characteristics that enterprises have –

Lawmaker urges more U.S. support for businesses that do good

A lack of U.S. government support is holding back businesses that seek to do good as well as making a profit, according to a Republican congressman who says the private sector often does a better job of solving society's problems. Tom MacArthur introduced a bill to Congress in 2016 seeking to establish a commission to

8 Keys To Crowdfunding Success For Social Entrepreneurs

Crowdfunding means different things to different people, but it almost always means raising money from the public. For social entrepreneurs, it is all about changing the world. There are lots of ways to change the world but only three relevant ways to crowdfund. Donations: while most often used by nonprofits, mission-focused entrepreneurs with a profit

A 5-step guide to fundraising for social entrepreneurs

Fundraising is the simplest job on paper, but the hardest in execution. When investors think of startups, they think of profitability and big returns. But as a social enterprise, the playing field is different. You are trying to gain profits and returns, no doubt, but while creating large-scale social change. This can be difficult to

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17 Social Entrepreneurs Honoured By School For Social Entrepreneurs India And PwC India

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) India felicitated 17 social entrepreneurs today for graduating from its flagship Social Start-Up Fellowship programme, an initiative supported by PwC India. Attending the programme were Satyavati Berera, COO, PwC India, Shalabh Mittal, CEO, SSE India and Jaivir Singh, Chairperson, SSE India and Vice Chairman, PwC India Foundation. The graduating

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A 5-step guide to fundraising for social entrepreneurs

Fundraising is the simplest job on paper, but the hardest in execution. When investors think of startups, they think of profitability and big returns. But as a social enterprise, the playing field is different. You are trying to gain profits and returns, no doubt, but while creating large-scale social change. This can be difficult to

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Alumni startup combines social impact, corporate gifting

USC alumni are sparking change by combining social impact with corporate gifting. After spending years working in both nonprofit and corporate fields, USC alumna Laura Hertz launched Gifts for Good, a full-fledged social enterprise company which has already funded a year of drinking water for nearly 900 people in Central Africa. “We’re all over the

Want to improve the world? These investors will help

Starting a business is tricky enough. Starting a business with a mission to improve the lives of millions or save the planet is even harder. So-called "social entrepreneurs" face bigger challenges than other company founders in converting their ideas into viable businesses. Investors are harder to find, and there are fewer established networks to provide

Entrepreneurs Want To Change The World More Than Ever

More “elite entrepreneurs” around the world consider making a positive impact on the world a central feature of what they do in business, sometimes almost as important as breaking even, particularly when Millennials are concerned, a global survey of high- and ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs by BNP Paribas Wealth Management has found. The French bank’s Global Enterprise

This Law Firm Has Helped Deploy Over $500 Million In Impact Investments Worldwide

According to a recent survey conducted by the Global Impact Investing Network, over $114 billion in impact investing assets are currently being managed globally. The United States and Canada account for $46 billion invested, with Europe tallying $16 billion and sub-Saharan Africa totaling $11 billion. Housing programs makeup the primary target for impact investments, followed

BoP Investor Unitus Seed Fund Mapping Its Impact

In case you haven’t noticed, many players in the impact investing universe, from accelerators to funds, are using the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for their efforts. That is, the 17 SDGs are becoming a standardized language for assessing impact. Unitus Seed Fund recently announced it’s joined the club. According to managing partner and

How to Get Involved in the Impact Investing Sector

Impact Investing has become an extremely popular sector, providing both a stable career and an opportunity to make an impact. This relatively new field of impact is attracting young professionals all over the world and you could be one of them. Business and social entrepreneurs are working to make improvements in areas including energy efficiency,