Starting a business based on your own passions can be highly personal – making every criticism feel like a punch in the stomach. The co-founder of Dot Project shares a warts-and-all account of the company's first two 'rollercoaster' years.
For many socially driven start-ups the journey from idea to business execution is a long and complicated one. This is why developing a theory of change can help guide you and ensure the end goal is always in sight.
"This is not a sprint. I burn out every few months and that hurts our business." Nicki Kopcke, the founder of Masi Maz, offers valuable advice about starting a social business at the first NatWest SE100 Insight event of 2016.
As a start-up it is important to remain focussed on your ultimate goal, the destination. But, it is also essential to "develop uncanny peripheral vision" so as not to miss unexpected opportunities says Accidental Entrepreneur Helen Trevaskis.
Social entrepreneurship in Africa, impact measurement and lessons on leadership – Anurag Agrawal takes time out to reflect on the state of the global social economy following the 2015 Sankalp Africa Forum last month.
Almost 100 social enterprises have been selected to join the EY Foundation's Accelerate programme, which aims to provide youth focussed ventures with the business support needed to "scale, replicate and sustain" their social impact.
Accidental social entrepreneur Helen Trevaskis experiences the darkest hour of a social business starting up in India, and muses on what it's like to be a hair's breadth away from success or total failure.