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· July 19, 2017

5 ideas for startup’s team building event

Team building is a proven way to effectively connect a group of workers through fun and motivational activities.

social enterprise · July 7, 2017

Not long left to enter the social enterprise awards!

You’ve gotta be quick - applications for the UK social enterprise awards close on midnight July 14th.

health
business success · July 4, 2017

Are you being healthy as a social entrepreneur?

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?

terminology for social enterprise
social enteprise · June 30, 2017

The A-Z of social enterprise terminology

Confused about the world of social enterprise? You’re not alone. Even after you’ve read our guide, you may be still struggling to understand some of the basic phrases and terms.

coworking · June 29, 2017

6 of the most gorgeous coworking spaces in the world

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...

· June 28, 2017

The freedom to choose: are we happier with more buying options?

Every single day, each and every one of us will make at least one decision, regardless whether that decision is big or small.

VR for social goos
VR · June 28, 2017

New social enterprise uses VR for social good

‘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.’

team
accelerator · June 27, 2017

Inventshift team expands following accelerator programme

So we have some great news from Inventshift HQ - we got accepted into an accelerator programme!

 

pebble magazine
social enterprise · June 12, 2017

#Socent Spotlight: pebble magazine

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...

social enterprise app
social enterprise · May 22, 2017

New app tracks the social impact of your spending

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.

sharing economy
social enterprise · May 22, 2017

Why the 'sharing economy' may be the answer to global problems

 

The term ‘sharing economy’ was coined by social entrepreneur Benita Matofska, and it’s concept is both ancient yet revolutionary.

· May 22, 2017

How to Start a Social Enterprise: The definitive guide to starting an impact business (2017)

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?

canvas cafe ruth rogers
socent · May 15, 2017

#Socent Spotlight: The Canvas Cafe

We caught up with the fabulous Ruth Rogers from the Canvas Cafe on Brick Lane, London.

red international
literacy · May 8, 2017

Improving literacy in rural Bangladesh - Red International

 

‘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’

childbirth · May 8, 2017

Helping women in Kenya survive childbirth - Friends of Burburi

“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).”

impact · May 8, 2017

Helping children in poverty get an education - Children’s Helpers Worldwide

“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

at uprise festival
social enterprise · April 27, 2017

Talking social enterprise at Uprise Festival Amsterdam

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.

· April 24, 2017

Young social entrepreneurs in London turn to crowdfunding to support their projects

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.

ethical hour
ethical hour · April 24, 2017

Join us for some ethical conversation on #ethicalhour - Monday 1st May

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.

social enterprise · April 14, 2017

Need funding? Up to £10,000 available for UK social entrepreneurs

The School of Social Entrepreneurs are offering three levels of free investment to social enterprises. Whether you’re a startup or an established business, they are offering grants of up to £10k. 

project rockit and inventshift
social enterprise · April 14, 2017

#SocEnt Spotlight: Project Rockit

We caught up with the fabulous Rosie Thomas, co-founder and co-ceo of Project Rockit - Australia’s youth driven movement against bullying, hate and prejudice.  

social enterprise · April 14, 2017

Want to create positive impact?  #Votewithyourwallet

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.

ethical investing
ethical · April 5, 2017

Ethical investing - what’s it all about?

One of the biggest challenges social entrepreneurs face is that of cashflow. They may have a great idea, but little capital to carry it out. That’s where ethical investing comes in.

· April 5, 2017

Global experts share their social enterprise advice

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.

social enterprise · April 3, 2017

#SocEnt Spotlight: Tilt Magazine

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.

uprise festival · March 30, 2017

We’re going to Uprise festival!​

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 ;))

social enterprise · March 23, 2017

Social experiment - London: Can you guess what a social enterprise is?

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.

social good innovators
social good · March 19, 2017

The social good innovators saving the world

Inventions are a huge passion for us here at Inventshift, particularly those social inventions that make the world that little bit better.

good will wine
social enterprise · March 14, 2017

#SocEnt Spotlight: Good Will Wine

Each month we showcase truly inspirational social entrepreneurs and social enterprises that are making a difference in the world. This month we speak to David Laity from Good Will Wine.

tax breaks for social enterprises
tax break · March 13, 2017

Fivefold increases in tax breaks for social enterprises

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.

ethical fashion
ethical · March 9, 2017

Is it time to embrace #slowfashion and buy ethically?

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.

fighting chance
social enterprise · March 5, 2017

#SocEnt Spotlight: Fighting Chance

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.

population · March 3, 2017

Are there too many of us? The population debate

There is now 7.5 billion of us and the rate is 1.11% per year. This rate is decreasing, but we need to do more about it to get our population into stability. 

social good dining in london
social enterprise · February 28, 2017

Food for thought: socially conscious dining in London

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.

business · February 22, 2017

Doing business differently: Why we set up Inventshift

Iranthi Gomes and Jarkko Oksanen are the founders of Inventshift. This is their story of how and why they created this platform.

social enterprise · February 15, 2017

#SocEnt Spotlight: Good Return

Each month we showcase truly inspirational social entrepreneurs and social enterprises that are making a difference in the world. This month we speak to Good Return

keywords for your social enterprise
keywords · February 9, 2017

5 steps to choosing the right keywords for your social enterprise

When it comes to building your keyword list, the right strategy is fundamentally important. Your keywords are like the building bricks of your house.

conscious consumer
consumer · January 31, 2017

Conscious Consuming: 5 reasons you should buy from a social enterprise

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.

business plan for social enterprise
business plan · January 31, 2017

How do I write a business plan for my social enterprise?

When setting up your social enterprise, one of the most daunting things can be writing your business planIt 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.

name for your social enterprise
name · January 31, 2017

Choosing a name for your social enterprise

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. 

books for the social entrepreneur
books · January 31, 2017

10 of the most inspiring books for the social entrepreneur

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.

registering your social enterprise
social enterprise · January 31, 2017

Registering your social enterprise

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 · January 13, 2017

Building a social media community for your social enterprise

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 · January 13, 2017

The power of networking to build your social enterprise

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.

office · January 13, 2017

Finding an office space for your social enterprise

When you’re just starting out building your social enterprise, it’s important to keep the costs low. 

social enterprise · January 13, 2017

How can I find a job working for a social enterprise?

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.

team
social enterprise · January 3, 2017

Building a team of like minded people for your social enterprise

How do you go about building the right team that will ensure you achieve your vision and grow your success?

targeted content strategy
content strategy · January 3, 2017

Eight steps to creating an effective content marketing strategy

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.

funding
· January 3, 2017

Finding funding for your social enterprise

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. 

mentoring
social enterprise · January 3, 2017

Finding a mentor for your business

Do you have a strong vision for where you’d like to be, but  need help in executing it?

events
social enterprise · January 3, 2017

2017: The social enterprise events you won’t want to miss

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...

measurement
social enterprise · January 3, 2017

Tracking the social impact for your business

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.

· November 29, 2016

Why you should turn your business social

Social enterprises and social entrepreneurship are the newest ways of doing business. Doing good for the community and growing a business?

social enterprise · November 28, 2016

Conscious business: 10 social enterprises that are making a lasting impact

“We are living in a truly historic moment where anyone can create positive change” - Ashoka

· November 24, 2016

How can I affect the market by consuming differently?

Does it really make any difference if I eat differently, or consume differently?

In some things yes, in some things no.

· November 24, 2016

Turning large enterprises into social businesses

In simple words. Governments govern the world, and businesses lobby the government. Therefore, business is incredibly powerful.

· November 24, 2016

Finding a not for profit that really does good

Wishing to donate money to a charity, but having your doubts about where that money goes and what is done with it?

· October 16, 2016

Conference overview: Social Good Summit Australia 2016

The Social Good Summit Australia was a thought provoking event with leaders from non-profits, social enterprises and corporates coming together.

social enterprise · October 13, 2016

Non-profits are making a profit, and its a good thing

Just like with any business, a non-profit has products, customers, sales, costs and profit.

· October 6, 2016

What is better: 5% of revenue or 100% of profits to charity?

 

Which is more ethical, or gives more to charity?

· October 1, 2016

Social enterprise showcase: Kinfolk Cafe - Volunteer run cafe in Melbourne

 

Kinfolk Café is a high quality volunteer ran cafe in Melbourne CBD, just next to the southern cross station.

· September 25, 2016

What is a social enterprise?

Defining a Social Enterprise is hard. Definition depends and varies on the person.

Lets start with our simple answer.

social entrepreurship · September 2, 2016

Social enterprises in Melbourne - #Socialstories 01

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.

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