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In a capitalist system that produces inequality like we are seeing globally today, social innovation and social entrepreneurship are important for designing solutions to counterbalance the failures of this system. Particularly in Africa with its many challenges including poverty, gender inequality, unemployment, electricity challenges and many more this is of great importance. Yet scaling social innovation and social entrepreneurial solutions is really really hard.

That is why we have put together a hub with in-house and curated content to give you inspiration, new ways to approach your challenges and hopefully some solutions to scale your social innovation and enterprise across Africa to positively impact millions of people.

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Social Innovation in Africa Ndidi Nwuneli
Social Innovation in Africa Ndidi Nwuneli

How to scale Social Innovation in Africa? An interview with former McKinsey consultant Ndidi Nwuneli

Africa is a continent full of innovators whose innovations scale...rarely! Young Global Leader Ndidi Nwuneli articulates in her latest book "Social Innovation in Africa" why very few social innovations have created systemic change on the continent. Read our interview on her valuable insights and what strategies can be employed to scale more Social Innovations across Africa.

Food for Thought

What is social entrepreneurship? An African perspective

Social entrepreneurship is widely practiced on our continent with the aim of bringing about "positive" change and the potential to affect millions of lives. Yet did you know that none of the 13 most influential social entrepreneurship definitions found online are African? They are all defined by Western institutions and intellectuals. This needs to change.

Social entrepreneurship is not charity, dammit!

Sadly, Social entrepreneurship gets confused too often with being some sort of charity. There are many misconceptions around what social entrepreneurship actually is and what it is not. Read Kofi Yeboah's guest post on why social entrepreneurship is not charity!

Here is a skill that is helping Social Entrepreneurs scale across Africa

The 4th Industrial Revolution is revolutionizing how the world works. With the transition towards a digital economy, Social Entrepreneurs need to acquire new skills that enable them to scale across Africa and beyond to positively impact millions of people. Find out which skillset could make a big difference in this process.

Who else wants to know where to hire your next social business employee from?

One of the keys to successfully scale Social Innovation across the continent and impact millions of people in a positive way is to employ great people to work for you. In the digital economy, you need to have a flexible mindset when it comes to hiring. Your best future employees could be trekking Kilimanjaro or sipping a cocktail in Zanzibar. Find out where to hire the best talent for your business.

Social Innovators in the spotlight

How to scale Social Innovation in Africa? An interview with former McKinsey consultant Ndidi Nwuneli

Africa is a continent full of innovators whose innovations scale...rarely! Young Global Leader Ndidi Nwuneli articulates in her latest book "Social Innovation in Africa" why very few social innovations have created systemic change on the continent. Read our interview on her valuable insights and what strategies can be employed to scale more Social Innovations across Africa.

Maternal and child health in Africa: Healthcare at your fingertips with Omomi

In this interview, Mobicure co-founder Charles Akhimien shares his insights on how to build an innovative mobile health company in Africa & how to reach 14,000+ people with the OMOMI app.

Leadership through storytelling: An interview with Ayuma Michelle

In this in-depth interview, Kenyan leadership coach and Amani Institute alumni Ayuma Michelle shares her insights about the power of storytelling, the challenges women face in ascending to leadership positions, what can be done to have more female role models in social innovation and how the needed skills for the future can benefit women.

Does Chinwe Ohajuruka hold the sustainable solution to Nigeria's 17 million housing unit deficit? An interview

Nigeria is facing a 17 million housing unit deficit. According to the World Bank 4.5 million residents move into informal settlements every year in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read our interview with social entrepreneur and one of Africa's most influential women of 2015 Chinwe Ohajuruka on how she is providing a solution through affordable and green housing.

Ecosystem

Impact Hub Africa: Here is a place for you to innovate

Innovation, entrepreneurship, changing the world...whatever you call it, it can be a lonely journey if you plan on doing it all alone. Luckily, Impact Hubs are spreading across the continent to offer support to social entrepreneurs through co-working spaces, mentoring and a supportive community. Read our interview with Africa Lead Nada Abshir to learn how you can benefit from joining an Impact Hub near you.

E4Impact: An MBA for African Impact Entrepreneurs

Are you thinking about doing an MBA focused on impact entrepreneurship in Africa? Then you are going to be excited to learn more about the E4Impact MBA which is an initiative by the ALTIS Graduate School of Business of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan (Italy) and is being offered in conjunction with local host universities in Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone,  Uganda and other countries. Find out more.

Impact Investing in Africa: How to get impact investors to invest in your social business Part 1

Find out what impact investors look for before deciding whether or not to invest in a business. This includes evaluating the problem you are looking to address, your theory of change, and how strong your leadership is amongst others. Read on to find out more.

Awards & Glamour

Innovation Prize for Africa 2017: An interview with Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl

Do you fancy winning up to $100,000 for your innovation that can take Africa forward? Of course you are. Then read our interview with the Director of the Innovation Prize for Africa Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl and their annual competition. She shares valuable tips on how to boost your application, how previous prize winners have made use of the award and how IPA is strengthening the African entrepreneurial eco-system.

Want to be on the next Forbes Africa 30 under 30 entrepreneur list? Read this.

Have you ever dreamed of being featured as one of Forbes Africa 30 under 30 entrepreneurs? Have you always wanted to know how to make this prestigious list? In that case, lucky YOU! We interviewed Ancillar Mangena the Forbes Africa journalist who compiled the list on her tips of how to make that prestigious list.

Seif Awards: An interview about how YOU can win CHF 10,000 for your business

The Seif Awards for Social Entrepreneurship represent the largest business plan competition in German-speaking Europe. As part of its annual competition Seif offers innovative social enterprises from all over the world and in all kind of sectors the opportunity to win one of the four CHF 10’000 prizes.  We wanted to find out more about this amazing opportunity and chatted to the Seif Founder Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob.

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