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.
Natalie Campbell, Founder of A Very Good Company and Ketan Makwana, CEO & Chief Disrupter of the Enterprise Lab, join Rupert Scofield to discuss how social enterprise can enact change within society. This episode: How can businesses positively impact the individuals they serve? Is scalability in social enterprise more difficult than in regular business? Do tensions between productivity and creativity still exist in the corporate world?
John Stone, founder of the Stone Family Foundation, joins Rupert to discuss the challenges he has encountered – as well as his greatest achievements – in running a thriving social enterprise. Having built a hugely successful life assurance firm from scratch, John sold his business in 2005 and vowed to plough his resources into water and sanitation initiatives in the poorest areas of Africa. The Foundation’s impact over the past decade has been nothing short of astounding.
Eunice Baguma Ball, Founder of the Africa Technology Business Network, and Gunnar Camner, Mobile Money Services Director at GSMA, join Rupert Scofield for this special edition of the show to discuss financial technology (“fintech”). This episode: How is fintech transforming people’s lives positively in Africa? How we can connect together capital in developed world with exciting ideas in the developing world? Apart from investment, what do exciting startups need to reach scale?
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.