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Social entrepreneurship

What can the social sector learn from Silicon Valley?

Dan Berelowitz 16 August 2019

Silicon Valley is hardly the natural source of inspiration for those aspiring to do good.  Once heralded a beacon of progress, it is now famed more for being the hub of a sinister assault against …


Strengthening local development by social enterprise in Kenya

Alliance magazine 10 June 2019

WE!Hub Victoria Ltd. (WeTu for short) is a social enterprise founded by Siemens Stiftung which works across seven locations on Lake Victoria on solutions for drinking water and energy supply, as well as in the …


Applications open for Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship programme

Alliance magazine 7 January 2019

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has begun accepting applications for the 5th cycle of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. If you are an African entrepreneur with a business idea or a startup with high growth potential, you are encouraged are encouraged to apply. The …

It’s not a game of choices

Décio Emanuel 4 January 2019

BuySocial currently markets itself as ‘aiming to build markets for social enterprises among the general public and private and public sectors’. But that’s not building a market, is it? It’s pushing against the existing markets, …

The greatest marketing strategy for 2019

Décio Emanuel 27 December 2018

It’s simple. It’s one single word. Transparency. On the back on an economic crisis in 2008, suspicion and dubiety has become increasingly prominent in our society. Uncertainty about the future generated fear, austerity measures were …

Entries are now open for the NatWest SE100 Index and Social Business Awards 2019

Alliance magazine 24 December 2018

Entries are now open for the NatWest SE100 Index and Social Business Awards 2019. Pioneers Post have put together the NatWest SE100 to celebrate the growth, impact and resilience of UK social ventures, naming the …

The best investment is one that returns time

Décio Emanuel 18 December 2018

There is this belief in entrepreneurship, that you must work long hours to be successful. Successful people are often quoted that, especially in their early days, they worked over 84 hours per week with some …

Will Brazilian philanthropy leapfrog the ‘grantmaking phase’ and move directly to an impact investing model?

Jessica Sklair 4 December 2018

In conversation with a foundation director after a recent event on the philanthropy circuit in São Paulo, I mentioned the Brazilian philanthropy sector’s enthusiasm for the rising global trend in impact investing. The foundation director …

Does franchising belong in social enterprise?

Décio Emanuel 12 October 2018

As social entrepreneurs, we’ve all been guilty of believing that our idea, business model, and social impact model are unique. There is none like it; and because of this, it must merit success. Information gathered …

Ten things that need to happen for social investment to thrive in Central and Eastern Europe

Nicole Etchart and Roxana Damaschin-Tecu 10 October 2018

It has been 21 years since NESsT was launched in Budapest, Hungary. Our value proposition was that socially driven enterprises were a solution for the Centeal and Eastern European (CEE) region’s most critical social problems. …