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Recommended resources for research related to entrepreneurship, startups and commercialization: from science and technology literature to market research and patents.

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Getting Started

There are many definitions and opinions about what constitutes social innovation/enterprise. For this guide, social innovation and social enterprises exist primarily to generate social or environmental impact. Social enterprises have a double bottom line to generate both income and social/environmental impact. 

Social enterprises can be incorporated as non-profits, for-profits or even co-operatives. What differentiates a social enterprise, regardless of its business structure, is its main reason for being; to create positive societal impact. There are numerous examples and resources in this guide to illuminate and ignite interest in how social enterprises can impact society for good. 

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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

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