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5 Key Considerations in Designing a Social Enterprise

Neetal Parekh, Innov8Social

Does social innovation happen organically? Or, can you create it by design? As the field grows, there are many moving parts that social entrepreneurs have to consider when designing their enterprises: legal structure, business models, measuring impact, finding funding, distribution and scale. This panel focuses on how to frame the various variables in social enterprise and design a path to impact + success.
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Neetal Parekh, moderator (founder of Innov8Social, co-authoring book on the subject) Shivani Khanna, MBA & co-authoring a book on this subject [legal]Legal expert: attorney who has worked closely with social enterprises or legal informatics startup familiar with macro legal structure trends and adoption rates (i.e. data-driven analysis) [business models] CEO of established social enterprise [funding] Funding expert: knowledgeable about traditional VC routes, alt. funding sources (i.e. crowdfunding), etc. [impact] Impact Analyst: i.e. from GIIRS or another impact firm, can provide data about how social enterprises are measuring and reporting impact---and how it affects their work. [trends] Consultancy supporting social enterprises,, GOOD, Darcy Wilson [inspiration] Founder of a social enterprise
SSIR: In search for the Hybrid Ideal ( Notes from Pitching for Good: Understanding Your Funding Model, a Stanford PACS Event ( Webinar Recap: @Ashoka Workshop on Hybrid Legal Structures by Morrison & Foerster, Jones Day, and Adler & Colvin ( 5 SF Bay Area Funding Resources for Social Entrepreneurs [Green Business Academy] ( Signed Into CA Law: AB 361 (Benefit Corporations) & SB 201 (Flexible Purpose Corporations) | Innov8Social - Exploring Social Innovation Social Innovation, Evolving to Law | Stanford Social Innovation Review ( 6 Attributes that Make Millennials Prone to Social Enterprise 5 Ways #Mobile Technology Impacts Socio-Econ Divisions in Cities Commercializing Waste: 6 Industries that Turn Waste Into Profit Interview with Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, of Back to the Roots, A Sustainable Enterprise

2 Responses

  1. Rebecca Petzel says:

    Hi Neetal - I think this is an important topic. It’s time for the field to get more intentional in thinking about the structures of our organizations that lead to success. My only question is how you will manage so many potential panelists! I find large panels to be unruly. Curious if you’ve thought about alternative formats?

    • Neetal says:

      Rebecca, thanks for the response and feedback. The idea is to frame the conversation around these five concepts. Depending on the panelists, we might be able to have fewer panelists who can cover multiple aspects. I agree that large panels can be challenging—the panel would likely have 4-5 panelists.

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