Tag Archives: social enterprise

Black History Month: the struggle to be what you can’t see

Black History Month: the struggle to be what you can’t see

Race & Oxbridge It’s amazing how one passing comment can change your life. In my case, it was my daughter who casually announced that places like Oxford and Cambridge were not for people like her. There was no emotion in her voice. For her 13-year old mixed white and Afro-Caribbean self, this was just anRead more

The Social Ideas Podcast: Should charities charge fees for services?

The Social Ideas Podcast: Should charities charge fees for services?

Following the crisis, the charity sector experienced a significant fall in income but one area that bucked the trend was the ‘fees for services.’ In this episode, Flora Raffai discusses the answer to her question … Fee or free: Should charities charge beneficiaries fees for services? Read more

Rap therapy for London youth

Rap therapy for London youth

Rapper Bhishma Asare has set up Rap Therapy, a social venture which teaches young people to be creative and positively express themselves through rap. In this blog, he explains how Rap Therapy started, how it helps youth in South London and the challenges he faces in increasing the initiative’s impact. With a significant rise ofRead more

How you enter social enterprise matters

How you enter social enterprise matters

In many aspects of life where we come from influences where we go next. This also applies to social entrepreneurs: how they transition into social enterprise can play a big role. This blog explores how different starting points matter for the development of social enterprises. Together with Professor Paul Tracey and Reader Neil Stott fromRead more

Rap about Cambridge Social Ventures Weekend

Rap about Cambridge Social Ventures Weekend

More than 700 social entrepreneurs have come to one of our Social Venture Weekends since 2014… but this is the first time anyone’s been inspired to rap about us! On a sunny weekend this summer, 50 budding social entrepreneurs joined us for the 14th Social Venture Weekend, a three-day workshop at Cambridge Judge Business SchoolRead more

New legal structures for social enterprises

New legal structures for social enterprises

Fitting the misfit or just an empty promise? Social enterprises are a misfit. Neither simply for-profit, nor non-profit, they don’t belong in the existing legal categories of the NGOs or financial hunters of today’s world. Stuck in the middle of wanting to achieve both, earn profits and make a positive social impact at the sameRead more

Public sector spin-outs: innovative or chips off the old block?

Public sector spin-outs: innovative or chips off the old block?

I am living proof that social entrepreneurship is not always terribly glamorous. Most of my days are spent in featureless buildings owned by councils or the NHS, helping the services based there to set up as new ventures, or ‘spin-out’; often owned and controlled by staff but often some kind of joint-venture between employees, theRead more

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