22 Jun '11, 9am
Social Entrepreneurs Lag Behind Impact Investors
In the technology space, incubators, angel investors, business schools, and strong peer networks fill the role of preparing entrepreneurs and start-ups for investment. Often, investible companies are led from the beginning by experienced entrepreneurs who already possess the appropriate skills. In the social enterprise space these networks are far more limited and far fewer entrepreneurs have already raised a round of investment or grown a company. As the field of social capital develops, it appears there may be a need for early stage support, particularly for developing country entrepreneurs, to create the pipeline of investible opportunities that the field of social capital seeks. As the field grows, it appears that more attention to this function could help generate the high volume of profitable and impactful outcomes that the cheerleaders of social capital are hoping for.