Harvard i-lab | Navigating the Funding Landscape for Social Ventures | Summary and Q&A

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April 24, 2013
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Harvard i-lab | Navigating the Funding Landscape for Social Ventures

TL;DR

This panel discusses the funding landscape for social ventures, including innovations in philanthropy, the use of prizes and challenges, and the role of government in funding social impact initiatives.

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Key Insights

  • ๐Ÿ”จ Prizes and challenges are effective tools for stimulating innovation and attracting philanthropic investment in the social sector.
  • ๐Ÿงก Social ventures can leverage funding from different sectors to access a wider range of resources and support for their initiatives.
  • โ“ Measurement and evaluation are essential for social ventures to demonstrate their effectiveness and attract funding.

Transcript

hi everybody welcome and welcome back to the Harvard innovation lab for our last of our social entrepreneurship track workshops for this semester my name is Megan Mahoney I know many of you on the assistant director of social and cultural entrepreneurship here at the ilab but without further ado I am really excited to introduce our panel for this e... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the role of prizes and challenges in social entrepreneurship?

Prizes and challenges are innovative tools used to incentivize problem-solving and innovation in the social sector. They can attract new talent, foster collaboration, and drive progress in addressing social issues.

Q: How can funding from different sectors (nonprofit, for-profit, public) be leveraged for social ventures?

Funding from different sectors brings diverse resources, expertise, and networks to social ventures. By engaging stakeholders from all sectors, social ventures can access a broader range of funding opportunities and support for their initiatives.

Q: How can social entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of measurement and evaluation in order to attract funding?

It is crucial for social entrepreneurs to have a clear understanding of their impact goals and develop a robust measurement and evaluation framework. By demonstrating their effectiveness and providing evidence of their impact, social entrepreneurs can attract funders who are interested in investing in impactful initiatives.

Q: What is the role of government in funding social impact initiatives?

Government funding plays a significant role in supporting social impact initiatives, particularly in the nonprofit sector. Public policies and government resources can help catalyze innovation, leverage philanthropic investments, and create an enabling environment for social change.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The panel discusses the funding landscape for social ventures, with a focus on the role of different sectors (nonprofit, for-profit, public) and the importance of cross-sector collaboration.

  • They discuss the use of prizes and challenges as a way to stimulate innovation and philanthropic investment in social capital markets.

  • The panel emphasizes the need for evidence-based approaches and measurement and evaluation of social impact in order to attract funding.

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