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.
Andrew Croft, CEO of CAN, and Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of Social Investment Business, join Rupert Scofield to discuss the social enterprise sector. This edition: what new challenges face budding entrepreneurs? Why move from the private to the social sector? And how has social finance and investment changed over the last decade?
Tom Ravenscroft, founder and MD of Enabling Enterprise, and Greta Rossi, CEO of Akasha Innovation, join Rupert Scofield to discuss their social enterprises. This edition: what’s the best way to raise finance? How do you manage the difficult transition between start up and medium-sized social enterprise? And how do you maintain a good work-life balance?
Thomas Sweetman, co-founder of Stickyboard, and Tom Sanderson, Chair of the UK Microfinance Club, join Rupert for this episode of the Social Enterprise Podcast. Rupert and guests discuss founding and funding a social enterprise; the challenges of running a social enterprise in the current financial climate, and the skills a social entrepreneur needs to be successful.
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.