This Week in Social Entrepreneurship: a call for groundbreaking films that share visions of a better world and a class on corporate structuring and financing for social good
- The Transitions Film Festival is now accepting expressions of interest from all changemakers, filmmakers, sustainability leaders and organizations who want to share their visions for a better world! The Transitions Film Festival is a visionary program, showcasing groundbreaking films, documentaries, and community initiatives that are positive, solutions-focused, and inspirational. The program covers a broad range of key themes, including: citizen empowerment, international energy futures, eco-architecture, design, transport, food security, sustainable economics, social-entrepreneurship, art, technological innovation and, global movements. Now in its third year, the Festival aims to connect audiences to cutting-edge ideas from around the world and showcase the most exciting and innovative individuals and organizations taking action locally. If you are a filmmaker, sustainability leader, or organization driving change, head to the ‘Get Involved’ page on the Transitions Film Festival website and apply today!
- This is a can’t miss for early stage social entrepreneurs—join Be Social Change for the Maker’s Institute: Legal for Social Good Startups on Wednesday, August 28th. This class will provide social entrepreneurs with a framework for thinking about different structuring and financing options for their ventures. You’ll learn about the essentials about corporate structuring and financing and participate in an interactive case study
- Looking for some inspiration? Look no further than the Top 11 TED Talks on How the Power of Social Entrepreneurship is Changing the World. Social Story has chosen their top 11—what about you? Add to their list in the comments and start a conversation! I think they’re all amazing, but my personal favorite is Jessica Jackley’s talk on poverty, money, and love.
- Let’s face it—starting a business is expensive. Along with all the other challenges social entrepreneurs typically face, finding enough startup capital is almost always tough. The Guardian has some great tips on how to start a social enterprise on a shoestring. Our favorite tip? Crowdfund, of course! Check out the rest of these super useful tips here.
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Though most people know StartSomeGood best for our focus on helping social good ventures raise both the financial capital necessary to transform their ideas into action and impact, and the relational capital to rally their supporters behind their vision, we also promote a third crucial pillar: intellectual capital. To this end, we host webinars aimed at arming social entrepreneurs with the knowledge they need to be better equipped to take on the myriad challenges they face.
Though our webinar series is normally restricted just to ventures on our site, in recognition of the broad interest in this month’s topic, we want to open up November’s webinar to the entire SSG community. Keen to learn more? Read on!
What: This webinar is focused on the most basic decision facing the social entrepreneur: How do you know when a for-profit or non-profit legal structure make the most sense for your social business? The presentation will cover the latest trend towards “hybrid” legalstructures, including the introduction and availability of the Benefit Corporation, L3C (low profit limited liability company), and Flexible Purpose Corporation in the United States. There will also be reference to similar structures available to social entrepreneurs across the globe, including the increasingly popular Community Interest Company recently authorized in the U.K.
Who: Peter studied political science and classical studies as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. He received his law degree from Seattle University School of law, graduating summa cum laude. Peter’s practice focused on environmental and land use law and litigation until about 6 months ago when he was presented with the opportunity to start the Apex Law Group with his current partners. Now at Apex Law, Peter’s practice centers on the legal issues facing a start-up businesses, and he focuses on helping entrepreneurs seeking to make a social impact with their venture. Peter enjoys an inspiring presentation and he loves to spend time with his family enjoying the culture and outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
When: Thursday November 17 at 4pm US Pacific time/7pm US EDT/11am Australian EST (Friday 18th)/1pm New Zealand DT (Friday 18th).
RSVP: Spaces are very limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure your spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for webinar details.