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Social Entrepreneur

328 EpisodesProduced by Tony LoydWebsite

Social Entrepreneur exists at the intersection of profit and purpose. We tell positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions.


068, Founding and Funding, Part 1 | Jackie Biederman and Tony Loyd

Founding and funding a social enterprise: how do you start and what do you do? Every Friday in April we’re going to talk about practical tips to help you become a startup founder and how to fund your dreams. Today, we’re going to kick it off by discussing the series with practical advice. The series will touch on 10 different themes:  

  1. Personal Development – Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management
  2. Determine my aspirations - Social impact, freelancer, join a company, found a startup, create a small/medium enterprise, system-wide change
  3. Design the business - Customer empathy, ideation, problem definition, rapid prototyping, minimally viable products, field testing
  4. Define the business - Business model, customer segments, value proposition, product-market fit, channels, partnerships, cost structures, revenue streams
  5. Fund the business - Bootstrapping, pitching, friends & family, crowdfunding, angel investors, seed funding, venture capital, Series A
  6. Launch the business - Structure, competitive advantage, product development, pricing, distribution, IP
  7. Customer relations - Find first 100 customers, awareness, attraction, conversion, retention, resell, upsell, build a tribe
  8. Scale the business - Sales, marketing, online presence, SEO, social media, defining choke points
  9. Optimize the business - Impact assessment, business metrics, systems, automation, templates
  10. Lead the business - Strategy, communication, hiring, coaching, managing, motivating, creating culture

To help us kick off the series, I brought in a co-host, Jackie Biederman of the Changemaker Podcast. In this episode of Social Entrepreneur, we talk about:

  • What are the goals for this series? (5:34)
  • What topics will be covered? (8:07)
  • Why are you qualified to talk about this? (11:50)
  • Planning versus doing: which is more important? (14:06)
  • What makes a great leader? (17:21)
  • What are some tips to increase our sense of self-awareness? (20:19)
  • What advice do you have on bootstrapping? (32:47)
  • What are the biggest pitfalls for entrepreneurs to avoid? (37:29)
  • How do you know when it's time to stick with an idea and when it's time to let go? (41:42)
  • What practical recommendations do you have for social entrepreneurs that they can apply today? (43:33)
  • What is one unexpected but important lesson you're learning as you start your company? (45:18)
  • A call to action (47:56)

Mentoring Giveaway:

Throughout the month of April, we’re giving away ten one-on-one mentoring calls to help you launch or grow your social enterprise. We’ll be drawing each week. To enter, go to

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