What is a social entrepreneur?

A Social Entrepreneur harnesses innovative ideas to create social change in his or her community. They often use skills from the business world but rather than just measuring their performance in profit, they also take into account the effect their project has on society. A social entrepreneur might turn their idea into a social business which enables their project to become sustainable by making a profit at the same time as creating social change.

Ashoka, one of the leading organisations supporting social entrepreneurship globally, says that social entrepreneurs “are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.”

Tools and tips

How do you go about creating social change? Transparency International produced this Anti- Corruption Kit: 15 Ideas for Young Activists. These are some simple but powerful ideas on how you can create change in your own community.

A Social Entrepreneur harnesses innovative ideas to create social change in his or her community. They often use skills from the business world but rather than just measuring their performance in profit, they also take into account the effect their project has on society.

Inspirations

If you’re looking for inspiration, there are loads of innovative projects already out there that will help you to think like a social entrepreneur.

Take a look at some of the IACC’s previous winners of the Social Entrepreneurs Initiative! They created a web platform to fight fraud in the constructions sector; a tool that engages citizens in the process of national budget creation; an SMS report service to prevent corruption in schools among many others.

You can also check out inspiring stories from other Social Entrepreneur hubs:

– Every year the Schwab Foundation honours 30 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Read their inspiring stories here.
– Have a look at what the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship has to say about social entrepreneurship on its blog.

Some of the most crucial aspects of what you need to know to apply are outlined in the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

FAQ’S

  • When will the next competition take place?
    • Currently, there is no competition taking place right now. We’ll keep our constituents updated with
      any other Social Entrepreneurs Initiative (SEI) information through our newsletter, website and
      social media channels.

  • In a nutshell, what are we looking for?
    • We seek people who tackle social problems. We are looking for social entrepreneurs from around
      the world to pitch new projects that fight corruption, or boost accountability or integrity on a local,
      national or international level.

  • Am I a social entrepreneur?
    • Social entrepreneurship is a hybrid term that can mean different things to many people. If you have
      idea that focuses on creating change for greater good, or have a positive effect on society, then yes
      you can consider yourself a social entrepreneur and are eligible to apply for this grant.

  • What type of projects are we looking for?
    • We’re looking for social projects that help increase transparency and in some way tackle corruption.
      Projects that have impact related to social, political, economic, service delivery or environmental
      issues. Think how will your project idea affect people’s lives or accelerate a cultural change. We seek
      projects.

  • Is there an age restriction?
    • Currently no. There was an under 35 years old age restrictions on the West Africa competition but
      that competition is now closed. You need to be over 18 years old to apply.

  • Can I seek support from an organisation?
    • Yes, you can get support from an organisation, for example an NGO or academic institution pursuing
      a similar goal. Your project can be supported by this organisation, but the grant allocated can only
      contribute to your specific anti-corruption project. If you are receiving help from another
      organisation, tell us all about it in the online form.

  • Can organisations apply?
    • Organisations themselves are not eligible to apply but if there is a project carried out by an
      individual that your organisation is helping to support then that individual is eligible to apply. This
      should be made clear in the online form.

  • Can TI national chapters or national contact points apply?
    • We will not accept applications from people employed by Transparency International (TI), TI
      National Chapters or TI national contacts. However, we accept applications if you are a volunteer at
      a National Chapter. In this case, you should apply as an individual but your project can be linked to
      the Chapter or TI.

  • Already have funds secured?
    • If you have funding already, please be precise and let us know what percentage of the project costs
      are already secured, and what items this will fund.

      Confidentiality and intellectual property: All information submitted in the selection process will
      remain confidential. If any of the information is found to be untrue, the candidate will be eliminated
      from the selection process.

      If you have more specific questions, please do not hesitate email us: [email protected]