This year’s SEWF – Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. just wrapped up. Changemakers from around the globe made their way (in most cases, virtually) to Nova Scotia, Canada. Co-host Common Good Solutions set the stage for conversation, inspiration, and so much more. Weren’t able to tune into the event? Here’s what you missed.
As the CEO and founder of StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform and education provider for social entrepreneurs, Tom Dawkins sees people attempt to launch their enterprise every day, full of optimism, hope and good intentions. But these things alone are not enough. In this post, Tom shares the top 5 common and consistent reasons social enterprises fail – so you can avoid them.
As a person whose journey into social entrepreneurship began around six years ago, Sarah Prime knows how tough it can be. At times, it can feel isolating, overwhelming and disheartening. But she’s still here. And there’s a very good reason why.
SEWF is an opportunity for social enterprise leaders and practitioners from around the world to network and exchange ideas. The multi-day event of roundtables, panels and open forums will discuss issues relevant to running a social enterprise, measuring impact and navigating the ecosystem.
Wondering if a startup or accelerator is right for you and your social enterprise? Let’s take a look at what exactly they are, and what you should consider before joining.
Hoping to make a positive social or environmental impact? Want to make it on a meaningful scale? If you’re a social innovator and you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, securing capital should be a top priority. While there’s no single “best” approach to navigating social enterprise funding, it’s helpful to know some of the different types of investors you might end up receiving funding from.
Every now and then, a bit of inspiration can go a long way in providing a much-needed boost in combating burnout, overcoming obstacles, and making sense of day-to-day life as a changemaker. While the digital world has become a popular medium of choice for digesting information, sometimes there’s nothing as powerful as a good old fashioned book. Here are 5 every budding social entrepreneur needs to read.
You want to do it all. You’ve got the passion and the heart to make our world a better place. That’s no small feat, and it’s important to remember that you don’t have all the answers, nor do you need to do everything on your own. We know that sometimes, the most difficult thing to do is accept your shortcomings and ask for help. To give you a leg up, we’ve come up with a few ways you can learn to embrace your social enterprise’s vulnerability.
As a social entrepreneur, it’s common to want to do even more. But how do we go about this? Much like in the traditional business world, your options include scaling or replicating your social enterprise. So, what exactly do scalability and replicability mean, and how might they apply to your organisation?
You’ve founded a social enterprise and are shepherding its growth. But do you know when it’s time to throw in the towel? There are two terms that go together more than people like yet are rarely talked about: social enterprise and failure. In an interview with The Guardian, social enterprise founder Emily Mathieson speaks to some of the trouble […]
In the world of impact, there are unfortunately many things outside of our control. While it will do no good to worry about everything (cough, cough, burnout can be a cause of failure, too), it is helpful to understand ways you can support yourself and your team, and ultimately decrease your social enterprise’s chances of failure.
Strategies, action plans, and goals are important, but without accountability at the core, real change won’t be achieved. With this in mind, here are 5 steps for how to ensure your social enterprise is accountable to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Coming up with an idea for a social enterprise is one thing, but breaking through the ideation phase can end up being quite the challenge. To help you move those ideas out of your head and into the real world, here are 5 proven steps for testing a social enterprise idea.
Whether you’re an aspiring social entrepreneur or you’ve been in the game for years, chances are that you’ve got some competition – and will continue to have more in the years to come. In a world that’s becoming increasingly concerned with social impact, just how do you and your organisation stand out from the crowd?
Regardless if you’re a budding social entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to a successful pitch. So, without further ado, here are some tips for perfecting yours.
Even with all of the recent buzz surrounding social enterprises, many people are still left in the dark about what exactly a social enterprise is and what they do. Perhaps even worse, there are several common misconceptions about social enterprises that are leaving people confused about how social enterprises are effective mission-driven businesses. While there’s still some debate around what exactly a social enterprise is, we know for sure what they are not. That being said, here are 5 common misconceptions about social enterprises.
When the double bottom line of impact and profit are on your mind as a social entrepreneur, it’s easy to overlook (or even hide from) marketing. However, to achieve both, effective marketing is an essential thing to have in your operational toolbox.
We can breathe a collective sigh of relief—2021 is here! 2020 was challenging for a plethora of reasons and while we’re still dealing with the aftermath of some of them, we’ve been dealt a new hand. Now is the time to put some steps and plans in action for your social enterprise.
2020 has certainly been a trying year for the social sector, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things in the works for next year. We’re at a point in time where organisations committed to a positive social impact are more needed than ever before. That being said, we’re excited to see what will happen in 2021 for these trailblazing Australian social entrepreneurs.
An advisory board is a critical tool for getting your social enterprise to the next level. These 8 tips will get the right people around your table.
Christmas is a time for giving, sharing and celebrating, but it can also be a time that gets overwhelming with events, traditions and expectations — so how can you tie in your love for the work social enterprises are doing, with the never-ending Christmas to-do list?
Social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation – if it’s interesting news, you’ll find it here. These stories may not be the ones on the top of your news feed, but chances are they’re the ones you’ll actually want to read. Whether its opinions on creating positive social change – or simply the valuable lessons learned along the way, here’s a round-up of the past month’s most interesting articles.