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5 Takeaways From an Entrepreneur’s Profit + Purpose Social Business Model

Sustainable business models and social entrepreneurship have been gaining mass popularity around the world as at least one-third of startups now aim for social good. Prior to this shift, social entrepreneurship was often met with confusion, with blurry lines around profit and social impact. These businesses were often met by skeptics that were concerned that social elements

Social entrepreneurship: Can it curb unemployment?

As per International Labor Organization, in 2018, global unemployment levels fell one percentile to a steady five percent in 2018, the lowest figures since the economic crisis that wreaked havoc on labor markets. World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019 report further emphasizes that unemployment rates were anticipated to fall further to 4.9 percent this

5 powerful ways women can empower other women

For Women's History Month, here are five stories about women empowering other women in their communities. The social innovators are part of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The strategies include using technology to combat illiteracy, supporting women-led businesses and amplifying women's voices. This Women’s History Month, it's important to celebrate and salute the heroic

Join This Compassionate Business Leader To Save The Planet Through Innovation

Meet Pamela Ryan, Ph.D., a dual citizen of the US and Australia, a force of nature and a force for good. Reading her comprehensive and beautifully written book Impact Imperative: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Investing to Transform the Future was a wake-up call for me. Pamela’s work is comprehensive, jarring and hopeful. Her book was released last fall and

3 Mission-Driven Women Entrepreneurs Share What Inspired Them to Start

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise — and it’s no surprise (to us, at least) that women are leading the way. A recent report by Deloitte, the giant professional services firm, found that 77 percent of all business leaders now rate “citizenship and social impact” a critical or important topic. That’s a sharp change from decades of

Conscience Consumerism – Food For Thought From The Social Enterprise World Forum

The rise of social entrepreneurship is a topic that either excites you-or one you glance over because of a failure to understand its role and socioeconomic impact. Either way, we’re here to provide some insights based on our experience at the Social Enterprise World Forum. Firstly, it is important not to confuse social entrepreneurship with

5 Examples of Social Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Today, social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in size, scope and support. An unprecedented number of organizations are using entrepreneurship as a strategy to address social problems like poverty, at-risk youth and hunger. Social entrepreneurs are developing creative and innovative organizations that give people the tools, education and resources to become an entrepreneur. As entrepreneurs, they

From purpose to personal, social entrepreneurs struggle to strike a balance

From tackling pollution to improving access to healthcare, social entrepreneurs try to use businesses to help solve some of the world’s greatest problems but many agree the magnitude of doing so with limited means can take a personal toll. At the Skoll World Forum, Britain’s leading conference on social entrepreneurship, about 1,200 leaders from social

The Year In Impact Enterprise and Investing

As the year draws to a close, let’s pause to consider what took place in the world of social enterprise and impact investing. Here are five noteworthy happenings. Impact investing activity keeps growing, with healthy returns.  According to the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) most recent Annual Investor Survey, the size of the global impact investing market

Sweden and social enterprise: Making the new national strategy count

The past year has seen growing interest in sustainable business in Sweden. This was particularly noticeable at July’s Almedalen conference – the annual Swedish get-together of everything politics, business and civil society. Originally a ‘politics week’ when it started 50 years ago, Almedalen has become more of a business forum with over 4,000 seminars and panel discussions

An Accelerator For Enterprises Focused On Migrants, Refugees And Human Trafficking Survivors

Globally, we face a refugee crisis of massive proportions. Here are some figures: 65.6 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, 22.5 million refugees and 244 million migrants, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With that in mind, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University recently launched a six-month accelerator for

Why Foundations Should Step Up Their Game In Impact Investing

There’s a growing number of people in the world of social entrepreneurship focused on not just building impact-oriented companies, but on creating a more fundamental systemic change. With that in mind, 45 impact investors, researchers and others recently met at a two-and-a-half day pow-wow in Sheffield, Mass., to focus on one important piece of the

Stop Thinking Small! 5 Billion Low-Income People Represent A Huge Opportunity

Having covered social entrepreneurship for Forbes for nearly six years, one of the biggest issues I see in the community of changemakers is limited vision. The world’s most pressing problems—poverty, disease and climate change—are massive are require solutions that scale. It is time for social entrepreneurs to stop thinking small. Most of the world’s population can’t

The field of social entrepreneurship continues to rise

Coined in the early 1980s — most commonly attributed to Ashoka founder, Bill Drayton — the term “social entrepreneur” may still experience debate on exact definition (as reported early in Generocity’s March coverage) but there’s no question of its growing influence here in Philadelphia, the United States and around the world. Social entrepreneurs, a breed of change agents, differentiate from entrepreneurs

IE Business School Students Matching Social Impact Startups With Investment

Hackathons, mobile payment apps, children’s nonprofits, and a digital marketing agency. Stuart Minnaar’s career has been just about as diverse as it's been impactful. A serial entrepreneur, Stuart chose to relocate from his native South Africa to pursue a full-time MBA at Spain’s IE Business School, globally-recognized for its strength in entrepreneurship. He crowd-funded over $6,000

This Hot Chicken-Fueled Social Enterprise Is Changing Lives

Joe DeLoss isn’t even all that into hot chicken. Sure, he prides himself on the mouth-watering grub he’s peddling. But the 32-year-old founder of Columbus hot spot Hot Chicken Takeover frequently admits that the chicken itself is a bit of a means to an end. Despite the fact that he spent months perfecting his recipes, despite the fact

6 social entrepreneurs whose companies are bettering the world

As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among

Skoll | Meet the 2017 Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship

Kicking off next week’s 14th Annual Skoll World Forum, the Skoll Foundation announced the four recipients of the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. With the 2017 announcement,