Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that uses commercial strategies to maximize human and environmental well-being, rather than simply maximizing profits for external shareholders.

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SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Thread

Ian Rosenberger visited Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake with the intention of assisting with relief efforts by taking photos and donating the…
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SBIO 2013 Semi-Finalist Interview: Back to the Roots

In 2009, when most college seniors were hoping to find any kind of employment, Back to the Roots Ventures (BTTR) co-founders decided to…
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CSR in Africa, the Next Sustainable Business Frontier

Watch for CSR in Africa to become central in both local and multinational companies’ agendas.
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Are Entrepreneurs (i.e. White People) Bad for Detroit?

Detroit entrepreneurs are getting a bad rap in the Motor City. So are white people really bad for Detroit?
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Does CSR Make a Difference to a Company’s Image?

How do companies make sure they are doing the right thing when it comes to corporate social responsibility, or CSR? New research from…
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Winning Design in Biomimicry Challenge Inspired by Fish Gills

Last week the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute announced the round-one winners of the Student Design Challenge. The three teams designed a water filter based…
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How to Set Organizational Values and Guiding Principles

Here’s a look at some of the strategic questions that will help you to build your team, bring in investment, and ensure that…
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Why Social Enterprise Attracts Women

From Rwanda to Shanghai, women are setting up new businesses with social and environmental change at their heart. Charlotte Sankey asks what's driving…
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Rethinking a CSR Strategy for Frontier Markets

Reflections from the “Millennial Ideas Forum” held in Washington, D.C. on January 19th. The mission: share how the power of collective efforts in…
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The iShack: Bringing Renewable Energy to South Africa Settlements

Connecting impoverished homes with electricity and access to safe drinking water has always been a challenge in South Africa. The iShack is a…
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Take the First Steps Towards Launching Your Social Venture

Take the first step toward launching your social venture by answering these five key questions.
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Olazul: Small Aquaculture is Beautiful

Olazul seeks to address both the social and environmental impact of fishery collapse by building community-scale aquaculture systems that innovate new alternatives to…
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Ethical Leaders and Social Responsibility: Four Reflections from the Top

An interview with Robert Doll, Chief Equity Strategist for Nuveen Asset Management and Ram Gidoomal, Chairman of both Tradecraft and Allia, about socially…
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Pipeline Fellowship Churns out Women Angel Investors, Funded Startups

Engaging high-net-worth women in early stage investing brings more angel investors to the field, and thus, more investment in women-led social enterprises.
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How Business Plan Competitions Can Jump-Start a Social Enterprise

Learn how business plan competitions can help social enterprises succeed.