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The Social Enterprise Podcast is presented by Rupert Scofield, President & CEO of FINCA International, a global pioneer in microfinance and social enterprise.

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The Social Enterprise Podcast is presented by Rupert Scofield, President & CEO of FINCA International, a global pioneer in microfinance and social enterprise.

    Episode 29: Rewriting the Playbook for Startup Innovation - Alexandre Lazarow

    Episode 29: Rewriting the Playbook for Startup Innovation - Alexandre Lazarow

    In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Alexandre Lazarow, author of the book, Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs - from Delhi to Detroit - Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley, chats with Rupert Scofield about a new playbook for innovation. Alex has spent his career working at the intersection of investing, innovation and economic development across the private, public and social sectors. This episode: What is the "valley" vs. the "frontier" in startup innovation? Social entrepreneurs are "multi-mission athletes" - what does that mean? How are frontier entrepreneurs finding, attracting and retaining top talent? Originally published April 8, 2020 on www.socentpodcast.org.

    • 34 min
    Episode 28: Sustainable Energy and Climate Solutions - Harriet Lamb, Ashden

    Episode 28: Sustainable Energy and Climate Solutions - Harriet Lamb, Ashden

    In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Harriet Lamb, CEO of Ashden, talks with Rupert Scofield about sustainable energy and climate solutions and the social entrepreneurs who are innovating in these areas. Ashden is a registered UK charity known for its annual Awards Ceremony that celebrates the leading organizations tackling climate change, energy access, efficiency and storage. This episode: What is the origin of Ashden and how does energy access lie at the heart of so many development challenges? What are the Ashden Awards and what do social entrepreneurs working in the energy sector need to know? How does Ashden support award-winning social entrepreneurs tackling energy challenges? Originally published September 23, 2019 on www.socentpodcast.org.

    • 34 min
    Episode 27: Mentoring the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs – John Kohler, Miller Center

    Episode 27: Mentoring the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs – John Kohler, Miller Center

    In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, John Kohler, Executive Fellow and a Sr. Director of Impact Capital Innovation at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, chats with Rupert Scofield about mentoring the next generation of social entrepreneurs. The Miller Center is "the largest and most successful university-based social enterprise accelerator in the world" and aims to accelerate entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet. This episode: What is the GSBI accelerator and what makes it so unique? How should social entrepreneurs be thinking about start-up accelerators? What are considerations for balancing social impact with financial returns? Originally published February 10, 2020 on www.socentpodcast.org.

    • 46 min
    Episode 26: Forming Socially Responsible Young Leaders - George Tsiatis, The Resolution Project

    Episode 26: Forming Socially Responsible Young Leaders - George Tsiatis, The Resolution Project

    In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, George Tsiatis, CEO, President & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project, speaks with Rupert Scofield about the importance of creating a generation of socially responsible young leaders. This episode: Why is it important to cultivate young leaders in social entrepreneurship? What types of ongoing advisory support is available to early-stage social entrepreneurs? What does the future of social entrepreneur formation look like? Originally published January 9, 2020 on www.socentpodcast.org.

    • 43 min
    Episode 25: Transforming Last-Mile Distribution in Southern India

    Episode 25: Transforming Last-Mile Distribution in Southern India

    In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Jackie Stenson and Prashanth Venkataramana, co-founders of Essmart Global, join Rupert Scofield to talk about challenges and opportunities in last-mile distribution in India. Essmart Global connects socially impactful, life-improving products to family-owned retail shops in southern India. This episode: How did Essmart get started? What is compelling about the business model? How is it improving lives? Originally published October 23, 2019 on www.socentpodcast.org.

    • 48 min
    Episode 24: INGOs Unlocking Patient Capital for Social Enterprises

    Episode 24: INGOs Unlocking Patient Capital for Social Enterprises

    In this episode of The Social Enterprise Podcast, Stephanie Turpin (FHI 360), Brian Vo (Pact) and Chris Walker (Mercy Corps) chat with Rupert Scofield about the role that INGOs play in unlocking access to patient capital for social enterprises operating in the world’s emerging markets. This episode: Is it realistic to always aim to do well while doing good? What hypothesis underpins INGO involvement in impact investing? How can nonprofits collaborate better to leverage their unique strengths for greater impact? Originally published October 7, 2019 on www.socentpodcast.org.

    • 43 min

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