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Social Entrepreneurship
A Practical Introduction

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ISBN 9781032129433
December 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Social Entrepreneurship: A Practical Introduction equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools needed to design and launch businesses to create positive social change in their communities. This accessible textbook aims to educate and motivate people interested in social entrepreneurship, showing that such businesses are a valuable part of the community development toolbox. Each chapter focuses on a key aspect of social entrepreneurship, from value creation and business planning to impact measurement and scaling up. Different social business models are presented, with analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. Cases and examples are included throughout the book and showcase real-life social enterprises in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Caribbean. Discussion questions also support reflection and learning. A downloadable workbook offers support with checklists, social impact measurement and other areas. An instructor manual containing test questions and experiential exercises is also available as a digital supplement for adopters. This book is ideal for introductory courses in social entrepreneurship and community development. It will also be valuable for those involved in social enterprises on the ground.

Table of Contents


1. What is Social Entrepreneurship?

2. The Emergence of Social Enterprise Across the World 

3. Assessing Needs to Create Value

4. Social Enterprise and Community Development

5. Models of Social Impact

6. Start-Up Financing 

7. Revenue Models 

8. Business Planning and Launching 

9. Social Impact Measurement

10. Scaling a Social Enterprise

11. Challenges and Success Factors

12. Social Enterprise Laws and Policy


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Rasheda L. Weaver, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on social and commercial entrepreneurship. She conducted the first large-scale empirical study on the social, economic, and legal activities of social enterprises in the United States and is the Founder of Weaver's Social Enterprise Directory, Inc. As a Professor, she has taught entrepreneurship to over 1,000 students globally. She served as the first Assistant Professor for the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which was established with a $15 million donation at Iona College in 2017, helping to build its teaching, research, and service foundation.