Social Entrepreneurship remains a new discipline and business practice, with plenty of room for innovation, lessons to be learned and ecosystems to adapt to it. Social entrepreneurs must compete at a certain level of disadvantage both for market share and for funding with non-profits who don't need to make a profit and with for-profit businesses which don't necessarily worry about social impact. Inadequacy of a proper legal and regulations framework, misunderstanding from the public, misconceptions on the relationships of profit and social good... all that and more require the social entrepreneur to be more than a business person, but also an evangelist, advocate, educator and social innovator. And, on top of all that, there are no guarantees for success, which can make promoting social entrepreneurship a risky path for vulnerable populations and individuals without a social or financial safety net.

  • Regulations.
  • Confusion and Awareness.
  • Unfair Competition from Conventional Business and Non-Profits.
  • Pressure or Expectations from Exit Strategies.
  • Can all Problems be Solved by Profit?
    • The Role of Values and Ethics.
    • Can we put a Price on Everything? Maybe...
  • Risks and Lack of Safety Nets in Emerging Markets and Underprivileged Ecosystems.
This course is part of our multi-module "Social Entrepreneurship and Impact from Business" program for full and rounded capacity building on Social Startups and Social Innovation. Click here for more details.
About the Instructor: Carlos Miranda Levy

Carlos Miranda Levy speaking at TEDxTokyo.A social entrepreneur and innovation technology expert with 20 years of work in human development, education, culture, disaster response and the environment, Carlos has led multiple social impact technology initiatives across the globe, while maintaining a successful career at the service of international organizations, government agencies and corporate and non-profit organizations.

His multiple credentials include a Stanford University Digital Vision Fellowship, a National University of Singapore Social Entrepreneurship Residency, a Google Developing World Scholarship Award, a Bill & Melinda Gates TEDGlobal Scholarship, a Reuters Foundation grant, among many others. Carlos has been featured on CNN as one of 20 Latin American Leaders on the Internet, on Forbes as a Latino Leader in Silicon Valley and as an Emerging Leader by New Media Consortium at MIT.

A balanced mix of tech skills, business savvy and understanding of social processes, give him a unique advantage for visualizing stakeholders and ecosystems, their processes and opportunities, drafting strategies, leading teams, organizing events and creating technology solutions. This is clearly appreciated in his work with vulnerable youth, disaster survivors, teachers, policy makers, software developers and communities, which has taken him from the Caribbean mountains to Silicon Valley, the Amazon basin and snowcapped Andes; to Haïti, Singapore and Japan, and more recently to Africa and Europe.

His hands-on, proactive spirit has benefited from the lessons learned through field experience at scenarios as diverse as remote rural villages, the headquarters of international organizations, Presidential offices and government agencies, high security prisons and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He summarizes his approach and methodology to problem solving and ecosystem intervention with a simple phrase:

“never help: engage, enable, empower and connect”.
Photo by Agustin Lautaro
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