Dive into Social Entrepreneurship
One of the first major questions that a social entrepreneur has to answer is whether they intend to house their enterprise within a non-profit, for-profit or hybrid form. Embedded below is a while paper on the different legal forms available to social entrepeneurs.
In addition to the white paper above, SiG staff have produced numerous articles about and for social entrepreneurs. One such article appears on the MaRS Entrepreneur’s Toolkit and is called Being a social entrepreneur. This article explains at a high-level the difference between for-profit social purpose businesses and non-profit social enterprises. Below is an excerpt describing the latter.
The article goes on to discuss for-profit social purpose businesses.
While the successful cases studies are all helpful in understanding the landscape of social entrepreneurship, SiG also sees the value in examining unsuccessful efforts in social entrepreneurship. The story of Vartana Bank is one such story. Vartana was going to serve as a bank for charitable organisations. As the article below details, the social enterprise ran into more than a few roadblocks along the way.
Social entrepreneurship is a fascinating field with many opportunities as well as pitfalls. Additional resources to research are the archives of the Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as the Ottawa-based Technology Innovation Management Review. David Bornstein’s seminal book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas is also an excellent resource. We encourage you to continue your dive into social entrepreneurship by following the #socent hashtag on Twitter.
SiG has also contributed a number of practical articles to the Entrepreneurs Toolkit on the MaRS website. Explore those now.
Note: A complete list of all SiG educational resources can be found in our publicly-available document library. We hope you’ve found this pathway to learning in social entrepreneurship helpful.