Video: Are you a social entrepreneur? (5:21 min)
This video introduces the main types of organizational forms based on its current economic return and impact generation. It helps the entrepreneur reflect on his/her entrepreneurial journey and identify which path his/her organization needs to take to reach its social and/or environmental objectives. It also differentiates social entrepreneurship from other organizational forms as social innovation, CSR, and NGOs. It highlights that social entrepreneurship is related with scaling impact through market mechanisms.
Video: Legal and financing options (6:47 min)
This video provides social entrepreneurs with a guide of the main legal forms they may use or combine to support their organization’s impact creation strategy. It presents the general implications of each legal form (for profit or non for profit) in terms of the types of resources the organization is allowed to receive and how they are useful for achieving their scaling impact objectives
For those of you that wish to delve deeper into a specific topic, we have added links to further reading you may study individually or discuss in group forums.
“From Seed to Impact – Building the Foundations for a High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” by the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) https://www.issuelab.org/resources/23851/23851.pdf
“Scaling Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs: A Market Approach” by Urs Jäger, Felipe Symmes and Guillermo Cardoza / on Palgrave Macmillan (not open access) https://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9783030311599
This case study presents how a social enterprise emerges from the CRS department in a multinational organization and its path to generate impact whilst achieving financial sustainability.
Nutrivida case study
Questions 1: How would you define social entrepreneurship? (single choice)
a. Is when an organization’s sole purpose is on creating profit.
b. Is when an organization’s sole purpose is on creating positive social impact.
c. Is when an organization is focused on negotiating the impact it generates for the resources (both financial and nonfinancial) it needs to scale with diverse players.
d. None of the above
Questions 2: What defines a social enterprise? (single choice)
a. High impact, high return
b. Low impact, high return
c. Low impact, low return
d. High impact, low return
Questions 3: Why is selecting the proper legal form(s) important to a social enterprise? (multiple choice)
a. It defines the social enterprise’s mission.
b. It determines the social enterprise’s financial identify (for-profit or not-for-profit).
c. It determines the type of investment a social enterprise can access, and which is most suitable.
d. It determines how the social enterprise can use its profits.
e. All of the above
(Answer: c & d)
Position your own project within the presented organization types and reflect upon the direction you plan to take. Identify which type of organization you want to be in the future.
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