Planting the Seeds for Social Startup Success: 10 Things to Remember When Starting a Social Enterprise

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Taking on the social challenges of our time, be it treating diseases, hunger, climate change, or improving education is no small feat, and starting a social enterprise dedicated to solving these problems can be daunting. As Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, once said, "Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry."

Does this sound like you? If you’re considering embarking on the journey of social entrepreneurship, read through these 10 helpful tips and hints so you can successfully launch, scale up, and make a difference.

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Ashoka Insight

1. You Need a Compelling Why
2. Measure, Measure, and Measure Some More 
3. Surround Yourself with Experts
4. Monitor the News
5. Recognize That You Can’t Do Everything Alone
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Lead Collaboratively 
7. Remember to Craft a Compelling Narrative
8. Realize that Failure is Learning
9. You’ll Need to Schedule “Me” Time
10. Accept that You’ll Learn Along the Way

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