A three day long social enterprise business planning workshop began in Dhaka. 15 potential young social entrepreneurs from different parts of Bangladesh attended in the workshop with their innovative enterprise ideas. The British Council in partnership with ChangeMaker organised the workshop. The workshop is the second intervention under the Innovate, Incubate & Grow (IIG): A Social Enterprise Support Program of the British Council, Dhaka
The social enterprise business planning workshop is a 3 day program designed to explore how learners can market of their social enterprise, finance and income generation, measuring and reporting on social impact and forming partnerships and collaborating to effect the plan. Learners will be provided with the tools to enable them to write own social enterprise business pan, and own it as a dynamic document. They will also continue to experience peer support, benefiting from the experiences, ideas and perspectives of fellow learners as well as that of the tutor.
The objectives of the ‘Social Enterprise Business Planning Workshop’ are :
• Plan the marketing of their social enterprises
• Plan income and finance approaches for their social enterprise
• Understand the principles underlying social measurement
• Understand the benefits of working together and collaboration
It is to be mentioned here that, Innovate, Incubate & Grow (IIG) programme is a two and a half month long journey began with a call of competition on innovative social enterprise idea. A number of 243 youth from across the country participated with 81 innovative social enterprise ideas in the competition. Among them 15 enterprise ideas were selected by a panel of judge and were invited to join in a boot camp held between 10 and 15 February 2016, in the Hope Centre, Savar, Dhaka. In the boot camp participants were oriented about the detail concepts, processes, and approaches of social enterprise. In the camp participants were also enabled to articulate their ideas and participated in another patching process to qualify for the final stage. Throughout the process of boot camp 6 ideas were came up successfully and invited to the on-going business planning workshop.
In partnership with British Council, The social enterprise academy UK (http://www.socialenterprise.academy) designed this comprehensive learning programme. International facilitator Roy Clunie of social enterprise academy is facilitating the workshop along with other Bangladeshi facilitators and social entrepreneurs.