Enabling the enablers: How to get your social venture off the ground

Next Tuesday, November 15, in the borough of Manhattan, a group of like-minded business entrepreneurs will gather four floors above the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple streets to brainstorm. The topic of interest will be far from the usual capitalistic tendencies, but instead a holistic approach to participating in an impact economy.

The title of the workshop is Generate Revenue: Funding Your Social Enterprise or Nonprofit. It’s a question everyone produces headaches over, but a necessary feat on the path to a sustainable social venture. This workshop is the last of five put on by the emerging Social Innovators Collective (SIC) based in NYC.

Zoravar Dhaliwal, the cofounder and CEO of Community Lab, a nonprofit based in New York City that partners with the Earth Institute at Columbia University to advise governments and organizations on sustainable international development and foreign direct investment, will be leading the discussion for first 60 minutes. After a 30-minute breakout session, participants will come back with ready-to-fire questions for the last 30 minutes.

Register to attend.

SIC adds another dimension to the burgeoning arena that is aiming to help social entrepreneurs succeed. From database resources (seToolbelt) to crowdfunding (StartSomeGood) to a full-on every-level business planning (Social Journal), more and more tools and resources are becoming available for social entrepreneurs. SocialEarth has also aimed to further this trend by providing how-to articles, resource lists and other help-based features.

As the social entrepreneurship space continues its phenomenal growth and we move closer to the ideal impact economy, a place where your success is measured by impact, not profit, I encourage you to share the resources and tools that you have found to be helpful to social venture startups at all levels of development. Start by commenting them below.

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Photo by Matt Stroshane.

Tristan Pollock

Co-founder of SocialEarth and Storefront. AngelPad alum. Ex-BestBuy.com.

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4 Comments on "Enabling the enablers: How to get your social venture off the ground"

  1. jjenkins November 9, 2011 at 11:50 am ·

    I have been creating a socially impactful enterprise for the past 8 years. I was largely unsuccessful in raising enough capital to move from the start-up phase. Discovering SocialEarth and the resources and information it freely shares has renewed my passion and comittment. I am preparing my application to StartSomeGood and am confident that my community of like-minded activists will come forward to support me. To all the contributors: keep up the good work you do for SocialEarth. 

  2. Tristan November 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm ·

    jjenkins: Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is inspiring to hear.

  3. Alex Budak November 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm ·

    Wonderful to hear — we look forward to learning more about your venture and hopefully supporting your campaign to raise funds and grow a community of supporters.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out: alex at startsomegood dot com.  

    And huge kudos to SocialEarth for all that you do to support social innovators everywhere!

    Alex Budak
    Co-founder, StartSomeGood.com

  4. Tristan November 10, 2011 at 11:23 am ·

    Thank you Alex. I’d also like to add the current discussion on SocialEdge about this new book: The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook — http://www.socialedge.org/discussions/social-entrepreneurship/the-social-entrepreneurs-handbook.

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