Overview

Read about the definition of social entrepreneurship on the welcome page of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship homepage of the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship website.

The Knowledge Center of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business includes several CASE publications on the concept and process of social entrepreneurship, including Prof. Greg Dees’s seminal essay, “The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship”, one of the most widely cited definitions of social entrepreneurship.

“Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition,” by Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2007

News Sites, Features, and Opinions from the field of SE

The Social Intrapreneur

SustainAbility’s second Skoll Program
report investigates the role of the new breed
of social intrapreneurs working within
business — and assesses the potential for
collaboration with social entrepreneurs.

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Intrapreneurship World

The latest insights and best practices for corporate innovators to drive innovation and growth.

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Social Innovation Exchange

Social Innovation Exchange, “Ideas and Inspiration” section.

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NextBillion

NextBillion is a website, blog and discussion forum bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and ...+

NextBillion is a website, blog and discussion forum bringing together the community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, policy makers and academics who want to highlight and explore the development and implementation of business strategies that open opportunities and improve the lives of the world’s approximately 4 billion low-income producers and consumers.

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Echoing Green blog

The Echoing Green blog features a roundup of news, analyses, career resources, and features on social entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on spotlighting Echoing Green fellows.

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The Skoll World Forum

The Skoll World Forum online highlights the most relevant news, insight, and opportunities to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues.

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CASE Notes

CASE Notes is the blog of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Suggested Readings on Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stanford Social Innovation Review is a journal that seeks to share substantive insights and practical experiences that will help those who do the important work of improving society do it even better.
  • Innovations, published by MIT Press Journals, focuses on entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. The journal features cases authored by exceptional innovators; commentary and research from leading academics; and essays from globally recognized executives and political leaders.
  • Fast Company magazine regularly includes articles on social entrepreneurship, sustainability, and corporate social entrepreneurship.
  • GOOD magazine is an integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good. GOOD is a collaboration effort among the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward.
  • NEED magazine is an educational, artistic and hope-filled publication focusing on life changing humanitarian efforts at home and abroad.
  • “So You Want to Start a Social Enterprise” from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is a community guide worth reading.
  • “Prototyping Framework: A Guide to Prototyping New Ideas” developed and published in 2013 by NESTA and thinkpublic

Leading Organizations & Networks

Ashoka U

Changemaking 101: A Student Guide to Social Entrepreneurship

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Be Fearless

The Be Fearless campaign, sponsored by the Case Foundation, asserts that to tackle today’s big and ever-changing social challenges, we have to take risks, be bold, and ...+

The Be Fearless campaign, sponsored by the Case Foundation, asserts that to tackle today’s big and ever-changing social challenges, we have to take risks, be bold, and fail forward. We have to be fearless. Browse the campaign website to learn what it takes to be fearless, take the “Be Fearless” campaign pledge, and download campaign resources, including a paper on the principles of being fearless.

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CASE Knowledge Center

The CASE Knowledge Center includes resources written by the faculty and staff of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, as well as links to selected resources from third parties.

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Community Wealth Partners

Community Wealth Partners insights on social transformation and related resources.

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Echoing Green

Echoing Green provides first-stage funding and support to visionary leaders with bold ideas for social change. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps ...+

Echoing Green provides first-stage funding and support to visionary leaders with bold ideas for social change. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps passionate social entrepreneurs develop new solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems.

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Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship supports social entrepreneurs around the world.

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The Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation supports social entrepreneurs around the world and offers the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurs.

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Social Entrepreneur Corps

Social Entrepreneur Corps leads innovative and dynamic impact immersion programs in Latin America. As the sister organization to the award-winning Community Enterprise Solutions, they work alongside local partners with participants supporting the creation, growth and impact of social innovations focused on intelligently alleviating poverty.

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The Social Enterprise Alliance

The Social Enterprise Alliance is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. SEA provides social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building an optimal environment in which they can thrive. Includes a collection of featured resources.

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The Social Entrepreneur Delphi

The Social Entrepreneur Delphi is an online reference center for all-things related to Social Entrepreneurship. Whether you’re an industry veteran or just beginning to learn about ...+

The Social Entrepreneur Delphi is an online reference center for all-things related to Social Entrepreneurship. Whether you’re an industry veteran or just beginning to learn about social entrepreneurship, we hope you’ll find useful resources within these pages, including this list of fellowships.

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The Young Foundation (UK)

The Young Foundation (UK) is a leading independent center for disruptive social innovation that creates new movements, institutions and companies that tackle the structural causes of inequality.

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Youth Venture

Youth Venture, a program of Ashoka, inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their ...+

Youth Venture, a program of Ashoka, inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures that address all kinds of social issues, including poverty, health, the elderly, the environment, education, diversity issues, and the arts. Youth Venture helps Venturers through this process of designing and launching their ventures, providing guidance, how-to’s, and a process for designing and pitching a venture idea.

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Volans “Phoenix 50”

Volans “Phoenix 50” pioneers in the business of social innovation.

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Unreasonable Institute

Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Unreasonable Institute gathers 10-30 entrepreneurs from around the world ...+

Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Unreasonable Institute gathers 10-30 entrepreneurs from around the world each year and connects them with 50 world-class mentors, 25 capital funds, and over 100 angel and other investors under one roof for six weeks. These entrepreneurs form relationships with investment funds, receive legal advice and design consulting, and pitch their ventures to potential investors at the end of the program. The goal is to accelerate these ventures so they can scale to meet the needs of at least one million people each.

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PopTech Social Innovation Fellows

Read more about PopTech Social Innovation Fellows

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New Profit, Inc.

New Profit, Inc. investee organizations are changing the lives of people they serve, and tackling some of our most urgent problems in education, workforce development, public health, and other areas.

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Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneurs are a rare breed of innovators whose passion to make positive, sustainable impact in the world is realized through ...+

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises. They believe that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional leaders who are tackling some of society’s most complex problems can make the world a better place.

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Ashoka

Ashoka, the global network of leading social entrepreneurs. Search for fellows by mission area and geography.

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Acumen

Acumen investees are solving some of the world’s toughest social problems, from banks in rural Pakistan supporting low-income farmers to ...+

Acumen investees are solving some of the world’s toughest social problems, from banks in rural Pakistan supporting low-income farmers to ambulances in Mumbai with a mandate to “serve all” regardless of income.

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Duke Social Entrepreneurs

Click here to view a list of Duke student and alumni social entrepreneurs and read selected profiles.

Join the social entrepreneurs subgroup of the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN) on LinkedIn (open to members of the Duke community).

 

Videos of Social Entrepreneurs

Watch videos of social entrepreneurs and other inspiring speakers on the following websites:

Designing & Launching Social Ventures

Resources from Global Social Venture Competition

Resources to guide your team as you develop and scale your social venture.

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Ashoka's Changemakers

A curated collection of resources to help you create deep and lasting change in the world.

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Prototyping Framework

NESTA and thinkpublic team up to provide a guide to prototyping new ideas.

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Tackling Heropreneurship

This report, includes resources, tools and life maps to help individuals, educators and funders move from a focus on the social entrepreneur to a focus on creating positive social impact.

Read more about heropreneurship in this article from Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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seToolbelt

seToolbelt is an open content community resource center and collaborative forum for social entrepreneurs. Its content—over 1,400 free ...+

seToolbelt is an open content community resource center and collaborative forum for social entrepreneurs. Its content—over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, examples, tips, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates—comes from practice and spans regions, sectors, industries, and business functions. seToolbelt helps its users find practical resources; learn about social enterprise; share their own internal and unpublished resources, and collaborate to create new ones through programs such as their Practitioner Innovation Communities.

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Social Venturing

Social Venturing (2009) by Geoff Mulgan, Julie Simon (nee Caulier-Grice), Robin Murray – part of a series on methods and issues in social innovation ...+

Social Venturing (2009) by Geoff Mulgan, Julie Simon (nee Caulier-Grice), Robin Murray – part of a series on methods and issues in social innovation – focuses on how to establish and grow a social venture. Includes sections on the process of venture formation (business models, incomes and outcomes, charting the elements, economic architecture and business plans, setting up the venture); ownership and governance; financing; and culture, knowledge and relational capital.

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The Open Book of Social Innovation

The Open Book of Social Innovation, by Geoff Mulgan, Julie Simon (nee Caulier-Grice), and Robin Murray – part of a series on methods and issues in social innovation ...+

The Open Book of Social Innovation, by Geoff Mulgan, Julie Simon (nee Caulier-Grice), and Robin Murray – part of a series on methods and issues in social innovation – is about the many ways in which people are creating new and more effective answers to the biggest challenges of our times: how to cut our carbon footprint; how to keep people healthy; how to end poverty. This free downloadable version includes sections on the process of social innovation (prompts, inspirations and diagnoses; proposals and ideas; prototyping and pilots; sustaining; scaling and diffusion; and systemic change); connecting people, ideas and resources; and ways of supporting social innovation.

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Community Wealth Ventures Resources

For example, see “Social Transformation Lifecycle”

This tool is meant to help you ask the powerful questions necessary for gauging and advancing your progress toward transformational change.

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REDF publications

For example, see, “If the Shoe Fits: Nonprofit or For-Profit? The Choice Matters”

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The Human Centered Design Toolkit

The Human Centered Design Toolkit, by renowned global design consultancy IDEO, was designed specifically for NGOs and ...+

The Human Centered Design Toolkit, by renowned global design consultancy IDEO, was designed specifically for NGOs and social enterprises that work with impoverished communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The free kit walks users through the human-centered design process and supports them in activities such as building listening skills, running workshops, and implementing ideas.

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The Development Impact and You Toolkit

The Development Impact and You toolkit has been specially designed by Nesta for practitioners to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. It contains 30 innovation tools that are quick to use, simple to apply, and designed to help busy people around the world create more impact with their work.

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The Prototyping Framework

The Prototyping Framework developed by Nesta and thinkpublic provides tools for structuring an approach to developing, testing and improving an idea at an early stage before you commit a lot of resources to it, allowing you to experiment with an idea so you can learn and refine it into something even better.

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The Collective Action Toolkit

The Collective Action Toolkit, by the design firm Frog, includes a set of activities and methods to enable groups of people anywhere to organize, collaborate, and create solutions for problems impacting their community.

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The Social Design Methods Menu

The Social Design Methods Menu (2013) by Lucy Kimbell and Joe Julier is a resource for social innovators and entrepreneurs who want to use approaches based in design and ethnography ...+

The Social Design Methods Menu (2013) by Lucy Kimbell and Joe Julier is a resource for social innovators and entrepreneurs who want to use approaches based in design and ethnography at the early stages of designing new services and ventures. The contents include a brief discussion of what a design-based approach brings, 11 methods including several templates for adaptation, and a description of how to use these methods in different modes of activity, depending on what you are trying to achieve.

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Business Models

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurship tool that allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent and pivot your business model.
See helpful variants of the business model canvas for social entrepreneurs:

  • Systems Thinking Tools Blog Series from FSG
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    Incubating and Scaling

    Forward Fellows Program

    The Forward Fellowship is a competitive six-month sponsored fellowship for social innovators in Durham. ...+

    The Forward Fellowship is a competitive six-month sponsored fellowship for social innovators in Durham. Fellows represent diverse backgrounds, with interests ranging from education technology to infectious disease. Fellows are sponsored by businesses, foundations, or individuals.

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    Better Ventures

    Better Ventures provides funding and support to technology startups building innovative solutions to big and important problems, from work and education to health and sustainability.

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    Good Company

    Based in Philadelphia, GoodCompany accepts for-profit companies that can provide private investors with attractive social and financial returns. ...+

    Based in Philadelphia, GoodCompany accepts for-profit companies that can provide private investors with attractive social and financial returns. The founders of GoodCompany want to promote sustainable business models where social impact is integral to what the company does. GoodCompany Residency is their incubator program which gives socially- and environmentally-motivated start-ups affordable workspace, meetings with potential partners and investors, and mentorship and training. GoodCompany Ventures is their intensive three-month program designed to accelerate the growth of social enterprise start-ups. This is done by providing entrepreneurs with access to industry experts, mentors, and VC firms and angel investors. At the end of the program these companies will pitch their ideas to potential investors.

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    Unreasonable Institute

    Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Unreasonable Institute gathers 10-30 entrepreneurs from around the world ...+

    Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Unreasonable Institute gathers 10-30 entrepreneurs from around the world each year and connects them with 50 world-class mentors, 25 capital funds, and over 100 angel and other investors under one roof for six weeks. These entrepreneurs form relationships with investment funds, receive legal advice and design consulting, and pitch their ventures to potential investors at the end of the program. The goal is to accelerate these ventures so they can scale to meet the needs of at least one million people each.

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    Echoing Green

    Echoing Green provides first-stage funding and support to visionary leaders with bold ideas for social change. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps ...+

    Echoing Green provides first-stage funding and support to visionary leaders with bold ideas for social change. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps passionate social entrepreneurs develop new solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems.

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    Funding Social Ventures

    CASE i3

    The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has several publications on economic strategies for social impact.

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    Online Funding Platforms

 

Collections of Links to other online funding platforms

Scaling Social Impact

  • The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has produced a number of publications on scaling social impact, and has gathered other resources here.
  • The Social Impact Exchange, co-founded by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, has curated extensive collection of resources on scaling and related topics
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations “Scaling What Works” project includes a section on resources.

Social Impact Careers

Devex Guide

Download Devex’s guide to obtaining a global development job and find out what 100+ industry recruiters are looking for this year and if your credentials stack up against your competition.

CommonGood Careers

CommonGood Careers maintains an excellent Resource Directory and publishes helpful articles and advice for job-seekers.

Tackling Heropreneurship

This report includes resources, tools and life maps to help individuals, educators and funders move from a focus on the social entrepreneur to a focus on creating positive social impact. You can download the full report here or check out the Impact Gaps Canvas, which was designed to help people learn more about a problem before they try to solve it.

Read more about the heropreneur in this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Impact Jobs

See a blog of SocEnt internships and full time jobs that may be of interest to those seeking careers of consequence.

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Work on Purpose

Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose program inspires and equips those in the first decade of their careers to realize their unique way to make a social impact ...+

Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose program inspires and equips those in the first decade of their careers to realize their unique way to make a social impact—be it as a nonprofit or social business employee, an artist-activist, an effective board member, a high-impact volunteer, a social entrepreneur, or in any number of other potential roles.

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