Category Archives: social entrepreneurs

Target Hybrid Social Enterprise Business Models

  Jyoti Sharma has written a thought-provoking blog in The Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled, “A Neoliberal Takeover of Social Entrepreneurship?“.  Although I take issue with the the focus on neoliberalism as a destructive force, I agree with the importance of hybrid … Continue reading

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Stakeholders Need Your Attention

I have often worked with social entrepreneurs on the Business Model Canvas.  The two blocks we always start with are the Customer Segments and Value Proposition because they form the heart of your business model.   All other blocks exist … Continue reading

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Business Model Trumps Product

I’ve just finished two days of mentoring eight ventures, most social-mission driven, as part of my work as a facilitator for the LaunchYU Accelerator at York University.  communityBUILD, the social enterprise initiative of ventureLAB and its three partners, has five social … Continue reading

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Toward More Effective Impact Measurement

At the risk of sounding like a nerd, I found myself taken this weekend by an article in Stanford Social Innovation Review on impact measurement.  It is entitled, “The Next Frontier in Social Impact Measurement Isn’t Measurement at All”. The authors, … Continue reading

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Structuring a Social Venture

There are two questions I receive most often when meeting a social entrepreneur with a good idea for the first time.  One is, “should I be a non-profit?”.  The other is, “how do I create a brand?”.  Neither is important at … Continue reading

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