At All Good Ventures, we've had the privilege of supporting 18 social entrepreneurs over the past five years.
By experience, we know that launching a successful social enterprise requires much more than just passion and determination - it demands access to the right resources too.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of ten useful blogs and websites that we hope will help further equip you with tools to develop your social enterprise and make a lasting impact on the world.
If you don’t have a social enterprise, but you’ve landed on this blog, it’s safe to assume you’re interested in the concept of ‘business for good’. In which case, we’re confident these blogs and websites will prove useful for you too.
Here we go...
Causeartist is a platform dedicated purely to interviewing and 'spotlighting' people using their talents and skills to impact the world. Explore their blog, which features inspiring stories, innovative ideas, and practical resources for changemakers.
Acumen is a nonprofit venture fund based in the U.S. that invests in social enterprises that serve low-income individuals. Like All Good Ventures, their specific focus is tackling poverty and injustice. Their blog explores topics like leadership, education, health, housing, impact measurement and more.
Ashoka is a global non-profit dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs. They make clear their ambitious mission: "To change whole mindsets and systems towards an 'Everyone a Changemaker' world". Their blog has inspiring stories, practical advice, and fascinating interviews with international social entrepreneurs making a lasting impact.
Stanford Social Innovation Review (https://ssir.org/)
Stanford Social Innovation Review's (SSIR) is a magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. Their website houses articles, research papers, and interesting case studies that explore emerging trends, best practices, and transformative ideas in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Next Billion is dedicated to publishing content from entrepreneurs, investors and researchers specifically about addressing development challenges in low and middle-income countries. On their website they share news, events, jobs, and original analysis focused on what works (and what doesn't) in emerging markets business.
Pioneers Post (https://www.pioneerspost.com/)
Pioneers Post is an independent social enterprise magazine and community platform. They share inspiring articles, videos, and podcasts that delve into the challenges and triumphs of social entrepreneurs worldwide. Their extensive resources include funding opportunities and event calendars.
B the Change (https://bthechange.com/)
This website is specifically dedicated to telling the stories of people using business as a force for good. The site exists to "gather the voices of people using business as a force for good to inform and inspire a global shift in business." It's jam packed with interviews, articles, and thought-provoking opinion pieces showcasing the achievements and innovations of social enterprises.
Social Traders (https://www.socialtraders.com.au/)
Social Traders is an Australian organisation on a mission to create a more inclusive and equitable country by making buying from social enterprise the norm. They've created Australia's only online directory of over 500 certified social enterprises. Their blog covers smart marketing strategies, impact measurement techniques, and success stories from the social enterprise sector.
Social Enterprise UK (https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/)
Social Enterprise UK is the go-to membership hub for social enterprises in the United Kingdom. Their 3000+ members represent "UK business at its best", using profits to help people and planet. Their blog covers everything from crafting a solid business plan to securing funding, legal advice, and measuring social impact. Plus, they offer an array of industry events, training programmes, and networking opportunities.
Social Enterprise Alliance (https://socialenterprise.us/)
Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the leading membership organisation for social enterprises in the United States. SEA offers a variety of services and resources to help their members grow their revenue and impact. Their website includes a free blog, webinars, and toolkits, covering topics such as legal structures, impact measurement, and networking opportunities.
These ten blogs and websites are just the beginning of the resources available to support and inspire you on your path to change the world through good business. If you have other favourites, we'd love to hear about them. Flick us an email or message via social media and we'll add them to this list.