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Welcome to RISE:

The Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship

 

Improving the markets, metrics and management of social enterprise


The Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship (RISE) is a research project whose mission is to study and disseminate knowledge about the markets, metrics and management of for-profit and nonprofit social enterprise and social venturing. RISE was a program at Columbia Business School from 2001 to 2010. RISE is currently run as a personal project of Cathy Clark, Adjunct Assistant Professor of CASE at Duke.

 

Key Past Publications:

 

NOVEMBER 2006

RISE Social Entrepreneur CEO Directory

We are pleased to announce the launch of the RISE Social Entrepreneur CEO Directory._ Use this searchable database to find contact, mission and biographical information for over 200 for-profit CEOs and managers surveyed in the RISE / Investors’ Circle / Social Venture Network For-Profit Social Entrepreneur Report.

 

JUNE 2006

What Type of Social Entrepreneur are You?

The RISE / Investors' Circle/ Social Venture Network For-Profit Social Entrepreneur Report: Balancing Markets and Values.

Read results from the first national survey of for-profit social venture CEOs and entrepreneurs._ What differentiates an Activist, a Change Agent, and Market Pioneer or a Market Influencer? How do company culture, social value creations strategies, explicitness with stakeholders, and financial performance compare when you group over 200 CEOs and their ventures by industry?

 

 

NOVEMBER 2005

The Double Bottom Line (DBL) Media Industry: An Analysis of Investment Opportunities. Written by Dominic Kulik for the Ford Foundation as part of Investors’ Circle’s DBL Media Finance Project, this report analyzed companies and investment opportunities in the “DBL media” segment. RISE Director Cathy Clark advised and edited the report, along with contributions from Calvert Foundation, students and alumni from the Columbia Business and Journalism schools, and many others.

 

MARCH 2004

DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE METHODS CATALOG

The Double Bottom Line Project, Co-Directed by RISE’s Director, releases the first catalog of methods that for-profit and nonprofit social ventures and enterprises are using to assess the social impact of their activities. The Catalog analyzes feasibility and credibility of 9 methods and provides examples of each. Report is available here in PDF Form.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2004

CONFERENCE REPORT ON SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

The Rockefeller and Goldman Sachs Foundations hosted a conversation among grantmakers and investors on the topic of Social Impact Assessment, co-organized by RISE Director Catherine Clark, in March 2003. The report includes case studies from New Profit, Inc., the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, and Coastal Enterprises, Inc._ Report is available here in PDF Form.

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2003

RISE RELEASES CAPITAL MARKET REPORT ON DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE PRIVATE EQUITY

 

 

Based on findings from a RISE survey conducted from October 2002 through January 2003, RISE CAPITAL MARKET REPORT: The Double Bottom Line Private Equity Landscape in 2002/2003 describes the state of private equity investment in early stage social ventures. Report is available here in PDF form.

 

AUGUST 2003

RAISING MONEY: THE ENTREPRENEUR’S VIEW BY NICK GLEASON


Nick Gleason, CEO of Citysoft, describes his experience in raising capital from social venture funder angels and institutional investors, in Raising Money from Double Bottom Line Investors: An Entrepreneur’s View.

 

JULY 2003

RISE DOUBLE BOTTOM LINE INVESTOR DIRECTORY


The RISE Double Bottom Line Investor Directory is now online._ Search for social venture funders in the US that make equity investments in social ventures in the US and abroad.

 

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