The Social Enterprise Blog
Yes, it is.
...but it’s up to us to keep this bubble round and healthy, or to burst it.
When planning a party, you of course want it to be memorable. You want the right caterers, the right music, and the right ambience. Here's some great ideas for a fun party that everyone will be talking about:
Either you are looking to hold a corporate event or just after something unique to spice up your back garden BBQ, these 7 coffee carts excel at what they do and sure will satisfy your event needs.
Team building is a proven way to effectively connect a group of workers through fun and motivational activities.
You’ve gotta be quick - applications for the UK social enterprise awards close on midnight July 14th.
If you’re busy running your own social enterprise, you’ll know that managing a business isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re passionate, right?
If you’re a fan of remote work like we are here at Inventshift, you’ll know that finding a gorgeous coworking space is on your list of priorities...
Every single day, each and every one of us will make at least one decision, regardless whether that decision is big or small.
‘Virtual Village’ is a virtual reality (VR) application that is using its potential for social good. A new social enterprise, they describe it as ‘donating in a fully immersive experience.’
So we have some great news from Inventshift HQ - we got accepted into an accelerator programme!
If you're a social entrepreneur, you should definitely check out pebble magazine. It describes itself as 'about how we want to live, the world we want in the future, our dreams and desires'. We caught up with editor Georgina Wilson-Powell to find out more...
Here at Inventshift, we’re all about being a conscious consumer and encouraging you to #votewithyourwallet, so when we heard about the new app that tracks your social spending, we just had to find out more.
The term ‘sharing economy’ was coined by social entrepreneur Benita Matofska, and it’s concept is both ancient yet revolutionary.
Are you someone passionate about changing the status quo? Would you like to set up a business that makes money and improves the lives of others?
We caught up with the fabulous Ruth Rogers from the Canvas Cafe on Brick Lane, London.
‘The adult literacy rate is about 50% in Bangladesh. Many children do not even start school and for those that do, 50% drop out by class 5’
“Many poor women in rural Kenya do not have access to a midwife during pregnancy and birth, consequently the maternal death rate is a shocking 510 per 100,000 births, in the UK it is 9 per 100,000 (UNICEF 2015).”
“Children are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in the world and there are so many who do not receive the care they need and deserve” - CH Worldwide
As you may know, Inventshift is run remotely, and we love to travel the world, meeting interesting people and connecting with others to share our love of social enterprise. Last week we attended the Uprise Festival in Amsterdam.
6 social enterprises run by 9 of London’s youth are beginning their individual crowdfunding campaigns after 8 weeks of training delivered to them for free by Business Launchpad and Crowdfund 360.
Over here at Inventshift, we’re huge fans of #ethicalhour - a Monday night live Twitter chat allowing everyone to share the love for this growing movement of through the power of social media.
More than ever before, it’s important to make a positive impact in the world. Every day, we are bombarded with images of fear and terror from the media, and it can be difficult to imagine that we can make a real change in the world.
Looking for advice on how to start your social enterprise? We have gathered practical advice from ten different experienced social entrepreneurs in three different cities from around the globe.
We spoke to Jackie Colmar, the CEO and Co-Founder of Tilt Magazine from Melbourne, to find out how she is shaking up the social change.
On April 20th, Inventshift will be attending UPRISE festival in Amsterdam. It’s the 5th Uprise event, which describes itself as a ‘people first tech festival’. With over 3,000 attendees, 8 stages, 120 exhibiting companies, and 5 ‘afterparties’ , the event promises to be a heady mix of business and pleasure (we can’t wait ;))
On a windy day we took out to the streets in London to conduct a social experiment. We asked 20 people if they knew what a social enterprise is and only a few managed to guess.
Inventions are a huge passion for us here at Inventshift, particularly those social inventions that make the world that little bit better.
Investing in social enterprises may be a great move, thanks to new tax breaks which come into force in the UK in April 2017. Under the Social Investment Tax Relief scheme, a qualifying social enterprise can currently raise around £293,000.
One of the most disposable industries in today’s modern world is fashion. We have all heard of ‘fast fashion’, the throwaway trends that are designed to only last a few months at best; and encourage consumers to consistently purchase more clothes.
My name is Laura O’Reilly. I am the co-founder and CEO of Fighting Chance. We started fighting chance in 2011 with the mission to make impact in the disability sector.
Eating out. There’s so many cafes, bars and restaurants around these days, it’s easy to be spoilt for choice. Choosing where you eat doesn’t have to just be about the food; you can actually use your hard-earned cash to contribute to a better society.
Iranthi Gomes and Jarkko Oksanen are the founders of Inventshift. This is their story of how and why they created this platform.
When it comes to building your keyword list, the right strategy is fundamentally important. Your keywords are like the building bricks of your house.
We can all appreciate the potential value of buying from a social enterprise or non-profit, but there has yet to be a real sea-change in the consumer consciously and purposefully shifting their spending.
When setting up your social enterprise, one of the most daunting things can be writing your business plan. It needn’t be a scary task; in fact writing a business plan is simply just condensing your thoughts for your business into a clear and concise structure.
Choosing a name for your social enterprise is something you need to think about carefully. Once you’ve decided the name, everything will be built around it - your website, your logo, your content, maybe even your building premises.
When you’re wanting to make a difference, it can be lonely and difficult on the road to your social enterprise dream. So take some time out, curl up with a cuppa and get motivated with these ten fantastic reads.
Believe it or not, there is no legal definition for what constitutes a social enterprise. A social enterprise is defined by its activities, not by its legal structure.
Social media has made every person a publisher of media content. Never before have we been so interconnected. Everything we post online is a...
Networking is an underutilized skill that many people overlook when working on their business or social enterprise. The power of a strong network is invaluable; it can attract business effortlessly and allow you to build great connections.
When you’re just starting out building your social enterprise, it’s important to keep the costs low.
Social enterprises are fast becoming the new way the world does business. Being a business that is socially and ethically responsible is appealing to a lot of people, and many people now want to develop a career with purpose, as well as profit.
How do you go about building the right team that will ensure you achieve your vision and grow your success?
When it comes to your social enterprise, the online world is one of the most important things to consider. You have thousands, if not millions of potential customers at your fingertips.
Securing funding for your social enterprise is probably one of the most difficult challenges in starting a new business, and one that many social entrepreneurs struggle with.
Do you have a strong vision for where you’d like to be, but need help in executing it?
2017 promises to be another year of opportunities to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and get the latest developments in the world of social enterprise. Here are just a few of the biggest international events...
When it comes to building a social enterprise, making sure the business is working in the way it should is critical, and it’s all down to measurement.
Accelerators and Incubators are both pretty new terms in the world of business. Whilst they have some similarities, they are usually used for businesses at different stages of a startup to help them reach their goals and grow successfully.
Social enterprises and social entrepreneurship are the newest ways of doing business. Doing good for the community and growing a business? This isn’t a fad or a trend - social enterprises are definitely here to stay.
“We are living in a truly historic moment where anyone can create positive change” - Ashoka
The world as we once knew it is changing.
Does it really make any difference if I eat differently, or consume differently?
In some things yes, in some things no.
In simple words. Governments govern the world, and businesses lobby the government. Therefore, business is incredibly powerful. Even organisations that are huge like the UN are lobbied by big business to do certain things or to look between the fingers at certain things.
Wishing to donate money to a charity, but having your doubts about where that money goes and what is done with it?
The Social Good Summit Australia was a thought provoking event with leaders from non-profits, social enterprises and corporates coming together. I was left with an inspired feeling, but lacking a bit on clarity.
Just like with any business, a non-profit has products, customers, sales, costs and profit.
The donation sector around the world is growing by large numbers each year, and more and more donations are done online.
Let me entertain you with an analogy.
Which is more ethical, or gives more to charity?
A business that runs with 50+ employees and great profit, and donates 5% of its revenue to charity. Or the same business that donates 100% of its profits to charity.
Kinfolk Café is a high quality volunteer ran cafe in Melbourne CBD, just next to the southern cross station.
Defining a Social Enterprise is hard. Definition depends and varies on the person.
Lets start with our simple answer.
Social enterprise is a business that does good for the local, or global community.
Approximately two weeks ago we took it upon us to travel around the world and meet at least a minimum of five Social Enterprises in each major city around the world.