Social Entrepreneurship? – The Skoll Foundation

There has been much talk in recent years about Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation, founded by Jeff Skoll (eBay’s first employee and first president), stated mission “is to advance systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs.”

What is a social entrepreneur? According to the Skoll Foundation website,

“Entrepreneurs have always been the drivers of progress. In the business world, they act as engines of growth, harnessing opportunity and innovation to fuel economic advancement. Social entrepreneurs, like their business brethren, are similarly focused; they tap into vast reserves of ambition, creativity and resourcefulness in relentless pursuit of hard, measurable results. But social entrepreneurs seek to grow more than just profits. Motivated by altruism and a profound desire to promote the growth of equitable civil societies, social entrepreneurs pioneer innovative, effective, sustainable approaches to meet the needs of the marginalized, the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised. Social entrepreneurs are the wellspring of a better future. “

Is this really entrepreneurship? I have my own opinion, what is yours?


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