Impact Entrepreneur: Let’s End the Social Entrepreneurship Ponzi Scheme. 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. Le Social Business.fr « Des idées qui changent le monde. By Social Entrepreneurs, For Social Entrepreneurs®
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We hope you enjoy your time on the site! Sincerely, The Skoll World Forum Online Team. The School for Social Entrepreneurs. 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 ]