About

Manifesto

We are a global community of social impact professionals who pursue excellence, purpose and well-being in our lives and careers.

We believe in the power of entrepreneurship as a force for social change.

We take a long-term approach to building entrepreneurial ecosystems that nurture purpose-driven entrepreneurs.

We value community over competition, doing over talking.

We put social entrepreneurs’ needs at the front and center of our work.

We invest in our personal and professional growth to bring our best selves to our teams, organizations and communities.

We understand the value we create and charge what we’re worth.

We remain self-critical of our impact and pursue excellence in everything we do.

We take care of our own well-being, and of each other.

What we do.

We champion the champions.

If it takes a village to launch, run and grow a successful social enterprise, we are the villagers who provide resources, infrastructure and policy.

We run incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces and bootcamps for purpose-driven entrepreneurs.

We mentor, advise and coach

We invest

We advocate for the needs of founders.

We tell the stories of the impact economy and its entrepreneurs.

We are university professors, administrators and students.

We are entrepreneurs ourselves.

We come in all forms and shapes.

What unites us is our belief that no purpose-driven founder can succeed in a vacuum at any stage of entrepreneurship. We are here to build, nurture and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in which these founders operate.

What we need to succeed.

We strive to lead fulfilling lives and purpose-driven careers. Only if we manage to take care of ourselves, our health and happiness can we pursue our purpose with tenacity and dedication.

At Social Venturers, we

Connect with peers from around the world and learn from each other.

Include and respect peers from all backgrounds, orientations, and cultures of belonging.

Share our experiences – good and bad – and support each other through advice, camaraderie and honest feedback.

Speak from experience and never insist on our capital-T-Truth.

Share our insights from the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship and innovation from around the world.

Give before we get. Within reason.

Have the desire to build, support and lead excellent teams.

Are intentional about building and growing organizations that align with our values.

Are curious about best practices and from the field and remain forever students.

Focus on what works.

Celebrate each other’s successes and failures.