“A social enterprise is a type of business where the bottom line and success metrics are measured in more than just profits. Instead, social enterprises typically measure success based on a triple bottom line:
- People: The social impact of your business, and your ability to change lives and develop a community in a sustainable way.
- Planet: Your environmental impact; how you contribute to a sustainable planet or reduce the carbon footprint (CO2 emissions) of your business and customers.
- Profit: Like traditional businesses, they need to make make money in order to sustain themselves, pay workers and grow as an enterprise.”
“During the next 50 years, the greatest wealth creation on earth will be driven by leaders who develop solutions for humanity and/or the planet”.
– Stuart M. Williams, Founder of In Place Impact
- Why Social Enterprise Matters: An Examination Into the Role of Social Enterprise to Solve Social Problems
- Why Social #Entrepreneurs Matter: A Case For #SocialImpact & #SocialResponsibility
- A Mid-Career Transition to Social Entrepreneurship
- In Place Impact – Charleston’s Only Free Start Up Boot Camp for Impact Entrepreneurs designed to help you build for profit businesses that are purposed to solve social, economic, and or environmental problems.
- School for Social Entrepreneurs Resource Hub – an invaluable free tool that walks you through the starting, sustaining and scaling of your social enterprise idea.
- Changemaking 101 – a student guide to social entrepreneurship
- Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Hub
- seToolbelt – is an open content resource hub that helps social entrepreneurs plan, launch, manage, and grow successful social enterprises
- 7 Steps for Starting a Social Enterprise
- A Toolkit for Developing a Social Purpose Business Plan
- SBA: Business Guide
- What are Bcorps?
- 5 Mistakes Social Impact Start-Ups Make (and How to Avoid Them)
SUPPORT NETWORKS & RESOURCES
- Social Enterprise Alliance
- Ashoka – Ashoka Fellows receive a living stipend, allowing them to work full time on their social enterprise.
- Echoing Green – provides fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives
- Skoll Foundation – the Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.