Acara Social Venture Workshops
St Paul, MN
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Can you make a change in the world and make a living doing it? Social ventures, also known as impact or environmental ventures, are an idea that you can indeed do just that. While the notion isn’t new, it is an idea that has been gaining increasing traction in the past few years and is creeping into many different types of businesses and non-profits globally.
February 14 Workshop - What's a Social Venture
Impact ventures (also known as social ventures) are a growing area of interest and attraction as a way to both make positive social or environmental change and do well as a business. This session is an introduction to what makes an impact venture, what makes it both different and the same as a “regular” venture, and how impact is measured? Impact ventures have two value propositions: an economic one (just like any other business) and a social one. We’ll spend time in this session on what is a social value proposition, how do you measure it, and how these two propositions fit together.
March 7 Workshop - The Business Model Canvas: A framework for describing impact ventures.
The Business Model Canvas is a simple but effective way to develop and describe a venture. It’s a tool developed through design thinking practices applied to many ventures around the world and is a rapidly growing tool. You don’t need an MBA to understand it or use it, yet even MBAs will find it useful. Its’ important because impact businesses are still businesses and will live or die based on that. The business model canvas gives a common language to talk about the ventures.
April 4 Workshop - Impact Investing. How to invest or find funding.
This session will be useful to both people interested in funding social ventures and also those who are seeking funding. As you might expect, the funding mechanisms for impact ventures are rapidly and continually evolving. Investments are necessary to make the movement real. What are existing ways, how does this work. This session will talk about traditional funders, social funds and crowd funding.
Acara Spring Institute: Creating Change
The Acara program, part of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota has been running international courses for the past several years on developing impact ventures. This experience is now being packaged into a series of evening workshops for people who are interested in understanding more about social entrepreneurship.