Impact Entrepreneur: Let’s End the Social Entrepreneurship Ponzi Scheme | Good Business International. By Hotfrog CEO Laurie Lane-Zucker I started my gig in the social entrepreneur space about five years ago after an experienced venture capitalist and board member of a couple social entrepreneur groups rather forcefully insisted to me in a meeting that the digital media project I was incubating in my small nonprofit organization would be far better served as a for-profit social enterprise. Yours is a great, big idea, he told me, and you will need a good amount of capital to do it right.
You will find that capital much easier to come by as a social enterprise, he stated confidently. Initially hesitant but inspired by his confidence I decided to research it further and then to actually take the plunge. Since the time I entered into the world of social entrepreneurship, I must admit that certain aspects of it left me scratching my head. From early on, I came across a frequent disconnect between the entrepreneurs in the space and some of the space’s institutional leadership. Hmmm. The Essential Guide to Successful Social Entrepreneurship | Jeffrey Hollender.
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For the social entrepreneur and social enterprise aficionado, there are two main event seasons: the cluster around October / November (Good Deals, Social Business, Global Entrepreneurship Week etc), and the end of March extravaganza of the Skoll World Forum , its fringe Oxford Jam and (this year), Voice 11 . A few reflections on the events of last week, then… Voice 11 came first, and marked something of a step-up in ambition for the sector, being held at the O2 and (I think) having delegates in four figures for the first time.
It had a decent ministerial line-up (even if Cameron appeared only on video) to represent their policy reach, but more importantly the tiered pricing and programme created much more of a buzz of business than previous years. Stands were busy, sessions were well-attended, and the networking area was full of good conversations and deals being done. Up in Oxford, the glamour was more international. [Nick Temple is now also blogging at www.NickTemple.org ]