I talked with Jill Kickul, Professor at NYU Stern and Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship, about resources and community for new social entrepreneurs in NYC. She listed a lot of resources, but used the term “fragmented” when describing them; that there is no aggregate of these resources:
Green Spaces “provides the infrastructure for triple bottom line companies to work and grow”...
She also suggested talking to Jed Emerson of blendedvalue.org, who is a guru of impact investing and start-up capital for social innovators...
The Feast “is a cross-disciplinary series of programs addressing social innovation and new ways to make the world a better place.”
Good Magazine has resources
Jill does believe there is a community of new social entrepreneurs in NYC, its just fragmented. There are schools and programs that create community, but you have to be part of that program (apply, be admitted). There are also foundations, but you need to be part of that network to be considered for funding. A stronger community for nyc new social entrepreneurs would be helpful (“absolutely”), especially for those without access to resources.
There are already some places to go for help, but they seem to be buried, embedded in amongst other traditional entrepreneurships; social entrepreneurs are treated like traditional entrepreneurs (lumped together) - even though their needs are different. And non-profits are not usually included.
Social Enterprise Alliance is for both for-profit and non-profit start-ups, but they are national and you have to sift through their website to find what you want. They at least have a database of social enterprises nationally [though I couldn’t find it on their website].
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a good aggregate, but they have a global focus - not NYC. Jill said it would be great if we could create an ANDE for NYC.
Jill felt the needs of new social entrepreneurs are:
- definition: what social entrepreneurship is
- funding resources
- help in planning and strategy
- legal resources
- networking events (in one aggregated place)
- one on one interaction with others in community
- mentor/coaching resources (from those that have done it and are willing to give back)
There are angel lists for traditional entrepreneurs; there should be an angel list for social entrepreneurs - a list of NYC funders who have seed money and knowledge to share
Also, a list of thought leaders in the field who are located in NYC
No one does it right, so far - no one place to go for these resources - the nyc social entrepreneurship community is not complete - filling the gaps would be “tremendous”
Jill would love for us to be able to create a tangible collaborative community space and fill the gaps. She’d be willing to help in anyway to get it off the ground & into actual existence beyond this project, if need be.
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