A social enterprise is a business that, rather than just focused on making money, tries to address a social problem. 

It has a double bottom line — to be financially sustainable and to have a measurable impact on a societal issues such as poverty, health and the environment.

In this podcast, Rupert Scofield explores the challenges of starting, building and running a social enterprise. Guests include other social entrepreneurs and impact investors who share their insights and experience.

Recent Podcasts

Episode 32: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur – Michael Gordon (41:22)

In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Rupert Scofield hosts Michael Gordon, Professor of Social Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. They chat about what it means and takes to become a social entrepreneur. This episode: The personal interest in social enterprise. The status of the sector in academia. The motivation for writing the book, “Becoming a Social Entrepreneur.” Response to failures and crises. 

Episode 31: The Social Business Momentum – Saskia Bruysten (44:33)

Saskia Bruysten is the CEO of Yunus Social Business (YSB), which she co-founded with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and Sophie Eisenmann. YSB runs Philanthropic Venture Funds that turn donations into investments in sustainable social businesses that serve over 9 million people worldwide. Saskia joined Rupert Scofield on The Social Enterprise Podcast. This episode: What defines a social business? Attracting capital and scaling. Social business trends. COVID-19 response. The role of corporations.

Episode 30: Branding – Brad Flowers (45:07)

Brad Flowers, co-founder of Bullhorn, chats with Rupert Scofield about branding and his organization’s journey. Bullhorn is a branding agency focused on transforming impact-focused companies. Brad is also the author of a new book titled: The Naming Book: 5 Steps to Creating Brand and Product Names that Sell. This episode: Client impact examples. The evolution of Bullhorn and the process of branding. Balancing profit and doing good in the world. Adapting to COVID-19. Creating an organizational culture. The motivation for writing a book.

About Rupert

Rupert Scofield is a social entrepreneur and an agricultural economist with over 40 years of experience in developing countries.

He is President, CEO and Co-founder of FINCA International, the founder and majority owner of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks across Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Rupert now leads FINCA International on the next leg of its journey: supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation. 

An expert on microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing, Rupert is an author, podcast presenter and frequent speaker, offering insights and guidance on market-based solutions to global poverty. 

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