Budding social entrepreneurs meet for Wellington workshops

A group of 12 budding social entrepreneurs have met in the Capital as part of the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ workshop in Wellington on the topic.

The social enterprise model is seen as an alternative funding source for organisations which have traditionally received grants from the Government.

It involves organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

At the first workshop in Wellington on 8 December the 12 participants heard from four speakers.

Marion Blake, who is the Chief Executive of the Platform Trust, spoke about social enterprise as a new way of tackling the problems that communities face. She emphasised the need for quality planning before a social enterprise is set up and encouraged collaboration with those who have the flair for entrepreneurship.

Sue Cooper from the Prometheus Trust, a finance company that specialises in social lending, also stressed the need for planning. She said a good business plan is crucial and spoke about the importance of identifying what makes a new business idea different to those that already exist.

The participants also heard from two inspiring social entrepreneurs, Eva-Maria Silikhova (photo) and Moses Ariama.  Both spoke about the challenges they faced in their enterprises, and what motivated them to keep going.  

Speaker, Eva-Maria Silikhova
The second part of the workshop takes place on Saturday 15 December.

The Office of Ethnic Affairs is running workshops to help people from a range of cultural backgrounds learn about what’s involved in establishing a successful social enterprise.