Social Venture Planning Tools
There are many things to do before launching and operating a social venture – especially in the areas of planning and implementation. These free resources from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business can help you navigate the Path to Launch.
Strategy for Social Change
Learn how to develop and implement a strategy for social change that can maximize your social venture's impact.
Conceptualize your impact across six key dimensions and identify where you can maximize impact.
Impact Business Model
Get help visualizing, evaluating, and refining your business model to achieve both social and financial value.
Social Enterprise Legal Structure
Explore nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid models to discover which legal structure best fits the needs of your social venture.
Find funding for your social venture including from traditional funders, accelerator programs, fellowships, and competitions.
Consider how to mitigate the potential unintended consequences and risks of your social venture.
Refine your understanding of terms used in the social innovation field.
The Path to Launch
Social entrepreneurs often skip steps in their rush to launch, which can cause trouble down the road. If you do the work to build a strong foundation for your social venture, you will be more likely to achieve social impact – and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
We've identified four core stages to complete before launching a social venture. Learn about the Path to Launch
The Center for Social Innovation
At Stanford University's Center for Social Innovation, our mission is to bring social and environmental change to the world. Through research, education, and experiential learning, we strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
We envision a networked community of leaders actively working across sectors, frontiers, and disciplines to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world.