During this first day of the SOCAP09 conference, a major theme in panel discussions and in hallways is figuring out how to scale more great social enterprise ideas into great businesses. It’s clear from discussions amongst venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and others that the best way that we can approach this theme is by asking questions. Some of the relevant questions I’ve heard today include:
- How do we attract more capital to social enterprises?
- How do we ensure that capital works most efficiently?
- How do we mentor social entrepreneurs and give them the resources they need to be successful?
- How do we find the balance between looking for new business models and working with past ones?
- How do we strike a balance between competition and collaboration?
As we move through the next few days of the conference, and as the panel discussions and hallway conversations unfold, it will be exciting to see how our answers to these questions – and how further questions – inspire new processes and ideas that will help us to scale more great social enterprise ideas to great social enterprises!
SOCAP09 Headline News
- Introducing Tactical Philanthropy Advisors – Tactical Philanthropy Advisors, an advisory firm working with wealthy individuals and families, launched today. It is headed by Sean Stannard-Stockton, co-founder of a wealth advisory firm focused on philanthropists, a columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy and author of the industry leading blog Tactical Philanthropy.Tactical Philanthropy Advisors has established working arrangements with Schwab Charitable, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund