Social Entrepreneurship Cultivation
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CULTIVATION PROGRAM
Alterna recognizes that social entrepreneurship is not a linear, uniform process; it occurs in multiple contexts and is subject to myriad conditions and challenges. We embrace the unique nature of each social entrepreneur and have designed our Cultivation Program to be responsive to the needs and goals of each entrepreneur.
What Is the Social Entrepreneurship Cultivation Program?
Our Cultivation Program provides social entrepreneurs with an array of high-quality resources to help them achieve their objectives, with respect to both financial performance and positive social impact. Unlike many organizations that focus primarily on training or making connections, we “cultivate” social entrepreneurs by first taking the time to develop a deep understanding of what drives them and then marshalling the resources required to help each entrepreneur achieve maximum impact.
Depending on the needs of the entrepreneur, this assistance could take the form of developing a business model for an enterprise in the idea stage or preparing an entrepreneur to apply for investment from an impact investor. We also have some fun along the way, because there’s no reason you can’t tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems with a smile on your face.
One thing Alterna is not is a bank (or an impact investor). Depending on your needs, we can work to connect you with impact investors or other sources of financing and help you navigate the process of seeking out an investment. We do not, however, make investments directly in social enterprise, nor can we guarantee that your enterprise will obtain financing.
How Does the Program Work?
Who does Alterna Work With?
WHAT YOU NEED
> An idea you’re committed to turn into a business or a business you want to take to the next level
> Commitment to making a positive social and/or environmental impact
> Vision, ambition, and a great attitude
> Determination to overcome any obstacles or challenges that arise along the way
> Willingness to share what you know and learn what you don’t
WHAT YOU DON’T NEED (ALTHOUGH IT’S NICE TO HAVE)
> An actual operating business
> Financing or lots of resources
> A rich uncle
> A business degree, business training, or any particular background or pedigree