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Social Entrepreneurs Network

The Social Entrepreneurs Network is a network for all those interested in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. The aim is to solve some of the practical challenges faced by social entrepreneurs.

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Latest Activity: Jun 22

Thank you for joining the RSA’s Social Entrepreneurs Network!

Please use this online to start discussions, seek advice, post events of interest and to find other social entrepreneurs who might be interested in collaborating. If you are a Fellow working in social enterprise and would like to kick something off where you live, you can also talk to your local team in your region. There are also tools you can use like the four ways to engage, and the Changemakers handbook (PDF, 210KB).

The Social Entrepreneurs Network in London, hold regular monthly breakfasts (the last Friday of each month) at the RSA House and we also hold larger events looking at how we can help social enterprises.  

To find out more about how we do things, watch this recent film:

For the last two years we have followed two groups of social entrepreneurs in the Social Enterprise Spotlight case study project. Find out who they are here. We hope you enjoy being involved!

Discussion Forum

Next chance to vote for Energy Local

Dear All, As mentioned before, thanks to a computer glitch, we have another 36 hours of voting on 'Pitch to Rich'.  If you have not managed to vote for Energy Local before please could you vote at…Continue

Started by Mary Gillie May 18.

Please vote for Energy Local on Pitch to Rich

Energy Local is a social enterprise develop new ways for communtities to share their locally owned generation and get a better deal from the energy market. Read more at or the recent…Continue

Started by Mary Gillie Apr 28.

Exciting programme that helps people getting into the social enterprise space

Do you know a talented professional that want to build a career with social impact?  On Purpose helps driven, talented people find a career that matters. The one year On Purpose Associate Programme combines paid work placements in organisations…Continue

Tags: change, leadership, career, impact, enterprise

Started by Tom Mar 25.

Peer to Peer Support for Entrepreneurs at the RSA

Hi We are organising these sessions at the RSA House to help Entrepreneurs with their businesses.  There are 5 places reserved for RSA Fellows.  Please feel free to come by if you have the time. …Continue

Tags: Business, to, Peer, Entrepreneurship

Started by Zulfiqar Deo Mar 16.

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Comment by Graham Gardiner on January 19, 2015 at 17:40


If you are anywhere near London on Thursday 5th Feb, I'd like to invite you to First Thursday London, a network for businesses that want to make a difference. We're at the British Library. 

And our speaker this month is Caroline Forster form the Social Investment Business.  A great opportunity to Meet. Learn. Share. 

Find out more at

Would love to see you there. 


Comment by David Floyd on December 31, 2014 at 16:05

My blog-based review of the year in social investment:

Comment by Zulfiqar Deo on December 15, 2014 at 17:44

Hi We are releasing a beta version of an e course for support providers to entrepreneurs. .   It would be great to have your thoughts on the direction we are taking.  For example, we are proposing using Business Action Theory early on with Entrepreneurs, etc.  

Look forward to your support. 

Comment by Nicola Wilson on December 11, 2014 at 15:06

I'm currently working on the Alternative Commission on Social Investment and holding 2 round tables next week - 1 in Birmingham and 1 in Ipswich for those with an interest and some knowledge of social investment to share views and experiences to feed into our final report.  The link is here - it would be great if you'd like to come along

Comment by Lou Matter on December 1, 2014 at 17:23

Classification of Everyday Behaviour


Open drop-in workshop

12.00-14.00 17th December 2014

Tavern room at RSA House


An invitation for RSA fellows to explore the work undertaken by Coelition:

  • Building a comprehensive behaviour classification scheme to capture and understand the everyday behaviours of individuals,
  • Improving the tools available for quantification in the social sciences,
  • Developing a responsible infrastructure for personal services enterprise,
  • Driving a debate about the role of behavioural data in society.


This would be of interest to social entrepreneurs and social scientists or anyone involved in the digital personal services and privacy policy.


Founded by Joss Langford FRSA and Matt Reed FRSA, Coelition is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the development of open global standards for the measurement and recording of real human behaviour with data protection designed in.

Comment by Heather Black on November 28, 2014 at 10:16

Economic Change CIC is an approved provider for the new Impact Readiness Fund. 

Grants are available to help ambitious social ventures manage their performance and increase their social impact to attract social investment and win contracts.

The new £1.5 million pilot fund managed by the Social Investment Business for the Cabinet Office will offer grants and support to social ventures to understand and improve their social impact and demonstrate improvements to investors and commissioners.

Grants between £15,000 and £150,000 will be available until late January 2015 to help ventures build infrastructure and skills required to manage their performance, increase their social impact, and attract social investment / win contracts.

Check out the eligibility criteria here

Social ventures are required to work with one of the fund’s approved support providers to develop a programme of impact readiness work and submit an application. 

We have organised a pre-application meeting to engage with interested applicants who want to work with Economic Change CIC. We will provide attendees with further information about the application process, provide guidance on how to prepare your proposal and tell you more about how we can support you during the application process.

When: Wednesday 3rd December 3-5pm 

Where: Impact Hub Kings Cross, 34b York Way, London, N1 9AB

Register here:

We shall get in contact with all registered applicants before the meeting to check your eligibility, suitability for the fund and the right fit for working with Economic Change CIC. 


Comment by Marcos Menendez on November 27, 2014 at 10:16

Hi all!

Just wanted to share with you that we have just launched the world's first data co-op. You can have a look at it here:

As you know, data is becoming a source of wealth in the hands of corporations that are many times biasing our behaviour for their own benefit. We think we should regain ownership over our data.

To start doing so, we have built a service that helps us browse the web more securely while doing some good. Our Chrome extension blocks third parties from tracking us online and -if you give an additional permission- trades a small part of that data anonymously. All money earned is reinvested in TheGoodData and in charities.

Just by using the service you can apply for membership and become a co-op member.

I hope you like it and you help us spread the word as well.



Comment by Hermione Taylor on November 21, 2014 at 9:31

Hi Steve,

Afraid I don't think I'll make it, rather a busy end to the week next week.

But YES! Maria - we made it! We're now in overfunding - we've raised 110% of our target. Very happy.

Now the hard work begins...


Comment by Maria Ana Neves on November 20, 2014 at 23:17

Hi Steve, I hope to join. 

Hermione, did you reach your goal? 

Comment by Steve Coles on November 20, 2014 at 11:47

Dear RSA Social Entrepreneurs Network,

Next Friday (28th) is our next gathering at which we'll be looking at entrepreneurship, and also having an overview of the programme for our meetings in 2015.  I have the privilege of facilitating next Friday's discussion, but am in need of some participants for a panel discussion.  If you're around and were either planning on attending anyway, or could spare an hour or so (from 9.00am to 10.30am), to take part, do let me know. 

Nothing heavy-duty would be required, just your thoughts in response to questions and discussion that I'll facilitate, on the following definition of entrepreneurship:

"…entrepreneurship is a process by which individuals – either on their own or inside organizations – pursue opportunities without regard to the resources they currently control‟ (Stevenson & Jarillo, 1990; Stevenson et al, 1999)

Do give me a shout (steve(at) if you'd like to take part by sharing a bit about your entrepreneurial journey.  




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