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.

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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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