Like 'innovation', 'social entrepreneurship' is a bit of a buzzword, but it's serious business for those in the thick of it.
A series of workshops for budding social entrepreneurs kicks off next week in Wellington. The Good Enterprise workshop series is being put on by the crew from Enspiral, a Wellington hub for social enterprise that's spawned the likes of Bucky Box and Loomio, and the team behind local education platform Chalkle.
Enspiral intern and co-organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn says the momentum for the Good Enterprise series reflects the rise and rise of social entrepreneurship as a distinct way of starting and growing new businesses.
“We knew the time had arrived to create this type of launchpad because there is a very real demand for it,” says Kaye-Maree.
“More and more people want and need to know more about what it takes to manage a venture that contributes directly to social or community goals. That’s the driving force for these workshops ... covering everything from testing ideas for viability through to ways to survive as an entrepreneur."
A total of 10 Good Enterprise workshops and one masterclass will be run between March 19 and April 30. See the full schedule at enspiral.eventbrite.com. Workshops are $30 each or $275 for all 10.