Social entrepreneurship is a form of enterprise that seeks to provide solutions to social, economic and environmental issues. They are innovators who create sustainable business models to solve large scale problems that seem beyond the reach of traditional approaches. Meet the social entrepreneurs who are changing the world for the better, one impact at a time.
1. Wendy Lea – Get Satisfaction
Wendy Lea’s social enterprise Get Satisfaction provides a digital platform that allows businesses to connect with their customers in real-time, providing them with answers, solutions and support. Get Satisfaction is used across many industries like business, healthcare, hospitality, travel, and many more. Since its launch in 2007, Get Satisfaction has facilitated over 150 million customer interactions and successfully improved businesses’ revenue margins.
2. Chris Underhill – BasicNeeds
BasicNeeds is a social enterprise founded by Chris Underhill. This enterprise lends support and resources to people living with mental illness and epilepsy in developing countries. Since its inception in 2000, BasicNeeds has helped over 800,000 people get access to proper healthcare and counseling, helping them overcome the stigma associated with mental illnesses.
3. Jasmine Crowe – Goodr
Her social enterprise is a food delivery service that redistributes food that would otherwise go to the landfill through local Atlanta soup kitchens and other non-profit organizations. Jasmine is an experienced social entrepreneur and founding member of the nonprofit Black Women in Tech, and has over a decade of experience in the philanthropy and community engagement space.
4. Dr. Ann Olivarius and Professor Susan Vinnicombe, OBE – The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership
The Global Institute for Women’s Leadership is a social enterprise led by Dr. Ann Olivarius and Professor Susan Vinnicombe, OBE. This institute aims to create a world in which women have an equal representation in leadership roles. They offer research, training, and advocacy to support women’s leadership careers and work on creating systemic change for gender equality.
5. Justin Dillon – Made in a Free World
Justin Dillon is the founder of Made in a Free World. This social enterprise uses modern technology to detect slavery and exploitation in supply chains and provide education and resources to assist companies in making ethical choices. Working with companies like Intel, HP, and Symantec and having received support from the United Nations Development Programme, Made in a Free World has contributed to the elimination of modern-day slavery practices in the supplier chain of many international companies.
In conclusion, these social entrepreneurs have made an enormous impact on society by using their innovative approach to business. Their ideas and dedication have brought them success stories that have reshaped society for the better. Their work is a testament to what can be achieved through social enterprise, highlighting the importance of collaboration, creativity, and perseverance.