Announcing The Social Venture Pathway

3rd April 2024

Lead institution:

LSE, University of Oxford, Queens University, Belfast, University of Galway, University of Exeter, University of Manchester

Funded Project:
Social Venture Pathway

There is growing interest in forming social ventures from academic research, most notably for SHAPE based ventures. University innovation teams have long supported the formation of traditional for-profit ventures, but social ventures present new complexities in planning the right business model, legal structure, route to funding and impact measurement.

The Social Venture Pathway offers a toolkit of resources to guide you through the process of creating a social venture. This self-guided pathway aims to fill the gaps missing from traditional innovation processes by providing a clear and comprehensive training resource for starting your first social venture.

The pathway includes template canvases, guidance documents, bite-sized videos, and a detailed funding website. Due to the large and varied nature of social ventures, the pathway is flexible, but focuses on key topic areas:

  • What is a social venture?
  • Plan your social venture
  • Funding options
  • Legal structures
  • Measuring impact

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