Social entrepreneurs need an extra push to scale up and be sustainable
For entities looking to solve SIN (spillover, important, neglected) problems and aiming to bring about social change, the going is not always easy, specially when it comes to scaling up and becoming sustainable.
Safeena Husain of Educate Girls (EG), a Mumbai-based non-profit, says that to solve SIN problems, while social entrepreneurs must have a combination of passion and expertise, they still need something more to propel them.
“To give you an analogy, passion is like the seed that requires expertise, knowledge and the right skill-set for its growth. I would also add ‘effort’ as the third factor towards bringing maximum impact. One calls for the other until success is achieved,” she says.
It is at this crucial stage where Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Award, conducted by the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by the Jubilant Bhartia Group, in association with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a Switzerland-based global non-profit promoting social enterprise, comes into play.
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