Weekly Theme 14: Are You a Social Entrepreneur?

In the next few weeks these blog posts will be based on our educational resources. This week we are looking into Pack 1, called ‘Welcome, Discover, Participate’. This pack can be found on our website with all of our educational resources. Just click here, or login to the website and click the ‘Resources’ tab on the left of the screen. Part of this pack will show you what it takes to be a social entrepreneur!

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. A social entrepreneur will consider people and the planet, as well as their profit.

The social entrepreneur will spot a problem that exists in their community and create a business to cater for this problem. They will run their business in a way that does not harm the environment, or will start their business to tackle an environmental problem they have spotted. Here is a great example of some social entrepreneurs who entered the School Enterprise Challenge last year:

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Indeco Community School, Zambia

This business spotted that school uniforms and bags were expensive, so came up with an innovative solution. They produce bags and uniforms at a much cheaper price than previously available, making them more affordable for local families. They also employ nine workers from the local area.

Are You a Social Entrepreneur?

The team at Teach a Man to Fish have thought about what they think makes a social entrepreneur! Have a think about the following statements:

  1. I am completely passionate about what I do
  2. I am able to motivate myself and I have big dreams
  3. I want my business to positively impact on society and my community
  4. Where other people see problems, I see opportunities
  5. I am creative, open-minded and innovative
  6. I am passionate about improving the environment
  7. I love being my own boss

Do you think there are any qualities of a social entrepreneur that we missed out? Go to our Facebook page, tell us what you think makes a social entrepreneur and join the debate!

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About schoolenterprisechallenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is an entrepreneurship competition for schools across the world! The challenge is to create profitable, sustainable businesses as a fun way to give kids hands-on business experience, develop their teamwork and leadership skills & generate income at the same time.
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