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Interesting article on growing SE in Australia by Margaret O'Brien - 'What social enterprise wants: To be more widely embraced': https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2019/05/what-social-enterprise-wants-to-be-more-widely-embraced/
Currently about half way into a project to research the evolution of regional SE ecosystem.Will have some interesting insights later in the year.Focused on how governance,leadership and interconnections impact the process.
"25 national networks for social enterprise launch a joint political statement to call upon our newly elected members of the European Parliament to take a stand on social enterprises." http://euclidnetwork.eu/2019/06/4129/
Organising seems to be afoot around the globe...!
New report - 'A deep dive on social enterprise ecosystems in the US: https://socentcity.org/sites/default/files/report/Social%20Enterprise%20Ecosystems%20-%20Year%202.pdf
Thought these gave an interesting framework with some tangible/actionable activities .. be interested in others thoughts .
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-goals-30-initiatives-entrepreneur-ecosystems-kauffman-renando/ AND from th same organisations https://www.kauffman.org/entrepreneurial-ecosystem-building-playbook-draft-3/introduction
Wow - this great, lots here to digest - thank you!
Really interesting article on the impact of more blended finance in the UK market: https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/seb-elsworth-data-shows-trend-towards-smaller-social-investment-deals/finance/article/1590521
"A few trends strike me, and they highlight the importance of blended finance in social investment.
Unsurprisingly, both the number of deals and the value of social investment reported has been increasing year on year over the past few years.
But the number of deals has been rising at a faster rate than the overall value of them, suggesting that the average deal size is falling.
This is driven by the increase in blended finance available in the market, significantly through the Growth Fund, supported by both the National Lottery Community Fund and BSC, aimed at providing smaller-scale unsecured loans. (It is possible to toggle the data to see Growth Fund deals in isolation.)
This blended approach now accounts for a significant part of the social investment landscape and there is strong demand for this sort of smaller finance. In 2018 the Growth Fund was responsible for 29 per cent of all social investment deals made (and 36 per cent of all those involving BSC money).