Social Innovation Challenge Project Resources

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Developing a social enterprise requires apprenticing the problem, studying which solutions are already out there, and developing an idea of your own that can offer social or environmental impact in a sustainable way. Below are some resources to get you started.  


Logo for Harvard Innovation Lab This page of Social Entrepreneurship Resources from the Harvard Innovation Lab features design help, business model planning support, and links to some of the world's thought leaders in social innovation.
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The Human-Centered Design Toolkit from gives you a set of tools to design an innovative and effective solution to the social problem you're trying to address.

The logo for the Social Business Model Canvas. The Social Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your social business model. This canvas will form the foundation of the information you submit in a Round 2 written plan.
Root Cause Download the Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact as a resource for helping build your proposal. Another source:

This powerpoint from Harvard Business School professor Allen Grossman breaks down the important aspects of Developing a Social Enterprise Business Plan


REDF's Social Enterprise How-To Resources are a little bit technical, but they collect valuable best practices knowledge for the "nitty-gritty" aspects of your project.

To find a social innovation solution, you first need to understand the problem. Check out UC Berkeley's approach to Solving Complex Social Problems.

The Global Entrepreneurship Library houses hundreds of valuable resources for any stage of your venture development
Stanford Social Innovation Review logo Consider your business model, are you a pure business, pure nonprofit or a hybrid? Read Jim Fruchterman's short article, "For Love or Lucre."
The Muse Logo Four Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, links to an article discussing how to how women entrepreneurs have successfully created start-ups by doing what they love to do.