Defining and Evaluating Social Entrepreneurship

Lauren McDanell April 2, 2023

This workshop presents strategies and tools for defining and evaluating social impact entrepreneurship and ways to classify ventures as impact-focused. Participants will hear examples from a wide variety of impact ventures from an array of industries, solution types, and business models, and unpack how social impact incubator SEED SPOT defines and measures impact. Takeaway tools include the SEED SPOT Impact Canvas, SEED SPOT Impact Scale, and Theory of Change model.




Impact, equity, measurement, theory of change, impact business models

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We aim to challenge and expand participants' definitions of "social impact entrepreneurship" in a way that invites more diverse, more creative, and more equitable solutions. We hope to share learnings, stories, and tools that SEED SPOT has developed over the past decade incubating over 3.000 entrepreneurs. And, we hope to meet other providers and partners who are interested in social entrepreneurship and learn from their experiences and perspectives on this topic.


  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Service Providers

  • Academia

  • Government

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NameLauren McDanell
  • TitleVP Strategy & Growth
  • OrganizationSEED SPOT
  • StatusConfirmed
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