Activist, Change Agent, Market Pioneer,
What Type of Social Entrepreneur are You?
answer can be found in a new report by Columbia Business School’s
Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship (RISE) in partnership
with Investors’ Circle
and the Social Venture Network.
Co-authored by RISE director Cathy Clark and Research Associate Selen
Ucak, “RISE For-Profit Social Entrepreneur Report: Balancing Markets
and Values” offers a snapshot of social ventures in seven
industry segments as well as insights into the experiences, attitudes,
and practices of the people who create and manage them.__
study is based on a survey of executives of 211 emerging social
ventures located across the Unites States, and all less than 30 years
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identifies four types of social venture entrepreneurs:
Activists are explicit with their customers in their
dedication to social value creation and regularly engage others in
promoting their missions – like Seventh Generation, ShoreBank and Equal
Change Agents, despite their strong interest in influencing
society, are not necessarily explicit in their missions to all
customers._ For example, many pest control customers and diners may be
unaware of the breadth of the missions of Pest at Rest or of the White
Market Pioneers, such as Big Clean Trucks, Wireless Generation and
Sun & Earth, are always explicit with customers about their social
objectives. While they are financially driven, most of these CEOs
evaluate their companies’ social impact in order to influence peers and
Market Influencers are the most quiet about their social missions._
They are first and foremost financially driven, and are not always
explicit with customers about social objectives, as they often work in
industries where they believe their customers would be distracted by
their mission focus. Examples are City Fresh Foods and
EXPLICIT TO CUSTOMERS
The report also describes
trends by industry about companies’ attitudes and practices in terms of
the vehicles used to create social and environmental value,
explicitness to stakeholders, evaluation, financing, growth and exits.
also visit the free,
searchable online RISE
Social Entrepreneur CEO Directory.
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email distribution list, please send your email address to Cathy Clark.