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The Power of Purpose

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of Purpose: Jesuits for Social Entrepreneurship

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 


Soon after their founding in 1540, the Jesuits established an expansive network of educational institutions around the world, embodying what we now call social entrepreneurship.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls “the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development.” Social entrepreneurship is a transformative response to this call.

The Jesuit-in-Residence experience is customized to the vocation of the individual Jesuit. The program’s pioneer, Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ, organized GSBI Boost accelerator programs in Nicaragua and the Philippines. Under the leadership of Fr. Bossou Constant, SJ, we created a Jesuit Network for Social Entrepreneurship, including four provinces in Africa, one in the United States, and one in China, with 18 affiliated Jesuits.

Miller Center imagines that this network will leverage Jesuit social and educational ministries to amplify the global impact of social entrepreneurship. The vocations of the Jesuits in this booklet illustrate the power of purpose in their approach. 

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Tags:  accelerators  Africa  Asia  Social entrepreneurship 

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Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Annual Report

Posted By Liza Curcio, Aspen Institute, Monday, October 9, 2017

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2017 Annual Report

By Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 


At Miller Center, we believe that social entrepreneurship effects profound change, disrupts unjust social equilibria, and has the potential to be a driving force in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. When social entrepreneurs thrive in our Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), when our Global Social Benefit Fellows engage in action research with these entrepreneurs, and when GSBI Mentors emerge with new insights, the results are transformative.


On our journey, we’ve discovered that everyone who accompanies us can be transformed. Through service to others, we  and purpose. Miller Center unites the world’s most entrepreneurial ecosystem with the Jesuit tradition of serving the poor and protecting the planet.


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Tags:  Africa  SDGs  Social entrepreneurship 

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A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 8, 2016

A Fellowship Approach to Accelerating Social Entrepreneurs

By Echoing Green

This white paper by Echoing Green shares lessons from its impact investing “inflection cohort” pilot program. The inflection cohort supported 10 social entrepreneur Fellow alumni leading for-profit and hybrid social enterprises. Echoing Green's goal was to support them through a common, critical inflection moment: transitioning from early-stage funding to raising more sophisticated institutional growth capital. By sharing Echoing Green's inflection cohort approach and noting a variety of accelerator models of support, the organization aims to identify strategies that other programs can build on to enable early-stage entrepreneurs to grow, attract investment, and deliver greater impact.


Tags:  2016  Acceleration  accelerators  Social Entrepreneurship 

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GEM Social Entrepreneurship Special Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Social Entrepreneurship Special Report 

by Bosma, Schott, Terjesen and Kew
at the American University Center for Innovation in the Capital at the Kogod School of Business

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) social entrepreneurship activity research is based on interviews with 167 793 adults in 58 economies in 2015, and is thus the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world.

Download the full report as a PDF

Tags:  2016  Social entrepreneurship 

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Diagnostic Toolkit

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

This toolkit has been developed by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It provides methodological guidance on assessing the current state of entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers a set of resources and tools that can be used by development practitioners. This toolkit does not aim to be exhaustive, but is intended to serve as a basis for other organizations to build upon. To develop this toolkit, ANDE conducted a comprehensive review of publicly available literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems and identified nine evaluative frameworks. We assessed these frameworks and synthesized key elements and indicators. ANDE encourages practitioners to use this toolkit as a resource guide that can be adapted and modified to fit the local and/sectoral context.

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Tags:  ANDE publication  Ecosystem building; accelerators; incubation  Entrepreneurship  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Entrepreneurial Solutions for Social Challenges

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Entrepreneurial Solutions for Social Challenges:
Lessons from the International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment

by Siemens Stiftung teamed and Zeppelin University

The final publication of the International Research Network on Social and Economic Empowerment (IRENE I SEE) is now available. With a focus on social enterprises and market-oriented solutions in Africa and Latin America the book encompasses a range of topics with different contexts which has resulted in a rich picture of initiatives and innovations taking place across the globe as efforts to reduce poverty and provide basic services through entrepreneurial approaches are intensified.

Tags:  Social entrepreneurship 

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Special Reports on Social Enterprise in Emerging Markets

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Social enterprise can be a powerful tool that provides marginalized communities the skills, accessibility and technology needed to overcome social barriers and break the cycle of poverty. NESsT develops sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies.They've recently launched four publications that are definitely worth checking out: 

Social Enterprise in Emerging Market Countries: No Free Ride

Drawing on NESsT’s unique methodology for identifying and building the capacity of early-stage social enterprises, as well as on surveys of relevant stakeholders, this book provides a clear picture of where social enterprises are and where they need to go, and identifies key players in the social enterprise field and how they can take the bold steps needed to facilitate the growth and impact of these models. Nicole Etchart and Loïc Comollï (NESsT’s Co-CEOs) focus on NESsT’s research in Latin America and Central Europe, the two regions where it has operated for over 15 years, particularly in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru, with some cases from other countries in Latin America. For the purpose of illustrating important models and innovative programs and policies, this book also highlights cases and experiences from Central Europe.


Shared Value: Doing business with social enterprises

This publication is intended to raise awareness of the impact of social enterprise supply chains on society and the benefits for companies that do business with them in Peru. These pages contain many examples of companies that work with social enterprises to meet their corporate and social responsibility objectives, as well as a directory of Peruvian social enterprises that are potential suppliers for major businesses around the country. With this guide we hope to inspire the representatives of Peruvian companies and give them the courage to explore new business models that meet their operational needs while generating a positive and lasting social and environmental impact.



Positioning Social Enterprises in the Policy Agenda: Road to Travel

Thanks to public policies promoted by governments, social enterprises have been able to develop more strongly in Europe, where it is estimated that the entire social economy involves over 11 million people, about 6% of the active labor force. It represents USD 92 billion of the UK economy, with more than 2 million jobs, while in the U.S. it is estimated that the sector represents 3.5 % of GDP and 10 million jobs.

Latin America is lagging behind in this respect, where there is still no legal or regulatory framework for social enterprise or recognition of the potential of these businesses to address critical social issues. At the same time, there is growing evidence that the State can play an important role in helping this sector to grow and have the impact that it has demonstrated in other countries.

Positioning Social Enterprises in the Public Agenda: Road to Travel, grew from both this concern as well as this opportunity. The authors set out to document, understand and disseminate good practices in policies for social enterprises, and ultimately to contribute to the development of the sector in Latin America and globally. The book introduces a model of how to position the issue on the public agenda in a way that responds to the most urgent social needs of the country and the sector, building on existing local policies as well as those from other countries, and involving stakeholders in permanent dialogue. The Road to Travel, aimed at public policymakers and key sector players, includes 34 cases of best practices in public policy and a strategy to move faster to address our most intractable problems through a new economy.

Diving Deep for Higher Returns

What is social enterprise and philanthropic capital?  How does it differ from traditional charities and donations?

Why should philanthropists engage in social enterprise development?  What are the opportunities to grow social enterprises and their impact? 

How can philanthropists learn more about the sector? How can they conduct due diligence on social enterprises and intermediaries?  What groups or individuals are successfully growing social enterprises?

NESsT and the Charities Aid Foundation, two organizations with extensive experience and leadership in the field, have produced a guide for philanthropists and social investors interested in learning more about how philanthropic capital —funding from philanthropic sources used in an entrepreneurial and sustainable manner— strengthens and expands social enterprises.


Tags:  Social Entrepreneurship 

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Deviation from the Standard: Funding and Supporting Emerging Social Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"Emerging social entrepreneurs need time, support, and financial “runway” to innovate on for-profit business models that deliver impact and financial returns. We just released a white paper to share insights into how and from where social entrepreneurs are growing their businesses at the earliest stages." - Min Pease

In this white paper, Echoing Green shares insights from its Fellowship semifinalist applicants and Fellows seeking to change the world through for-profit business models. Download the report here

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Tags:  impact investing  Social entrepreneurship 

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Think Global, Trade Social: How business with a social purpose can deliver more equitable and sustainable development for the 21st century.

Posted By Stephanie Buck, Aspen Institute, Friday, September 25, 2015

The British Council and Social Enterprise UK with support from the World Bank have just launched a report calledThink Global, Trade Social: How business with a social purpose can deliver more equitable and sustainable development for the 21st century.

The report (downloadable below) makes a clear case for the important role that social enterprises can play in driving sustainable and inclusive development, tackling inequality, and helping to address some of the biggest social and environmental challenges targeted by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the publication’s foreword, Professor Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate and Grameen Bank founder, and Linda McAvan MEP, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Development, write:

Aid alone cannot be our response. Global sustainability and the nature of the economy will be shaped by entrepreneurship and the terms on which we create and do business with each other.

In addition to the report, you can also download a graph that details the relative scale of global financial flows, and the Scale of Social Enterprise 

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Tags:  social business  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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From Seed to Impact: Building the Foundations for a High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 11, 2015

If we want to harness the full potential of social entrepreneurship, we need to address the fragmented social entrepreneurship ecosystem. As it stands, activities in the ecosystem remain disconnected, it's tough to identify best practices, and the focus often falls on "rock stars" who are already operating successful businesses at scale, meaning that potentially world-changing ideas are flying under the radar and may lack the appropriate support to grow into their full potential. 

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) was launched in June 2013 at the Social Impact Investment summit. It gathers organizations supporting social entrepreneurs in 50 countries, to improve the reach, quality, and sustainability of support for early-stage social entrepreneurs. 

This report dives into what kind of impact GSEN members are creating, where support is most needed for social entrepreneurs, how GSEN members are meeting those needs, and how to do more with the resources available. 

The report is available through Isuu or as PDF for download. 

Tags:  impact investing  social entrepreneurship 

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