The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise's Living Case Study Social Sector Franchise Accelerator is an action learning and research project, which will take place over eight months with entrepreneurs who are new or emerging social sector franchisers.
There are a range of investment vehicles currently used to support social sector franchises in health, water, sanitation, education, clean energy, and agriculture. Each is attracted to the tremendous potential that the franchise model can deliver for social and financial returns. That potential can only be realized when social franchises are developed in a methodical way that requires different types of resources at various stages of growth. Better coordination among financing institutions to create blended financing options that drive healthy growth of social franchises will benefit investors, investees, and the people that social sector franchises serve. In our second webinar, guest moderator Julie McBride of MSA Worldwide will engage guests in a discussion around current financial products and investment practices and opportunities for creating more strategic ways to support social franchising. Guests include Michael Swack from the Center for Impact Finance at UNH, a leader in the impact investment field: John Simon from TOTAL Impact Capital, a boutique finance firm specializing in sourcing and developing private investment opportunities that are socially and financially attractive: and Randy Welsch, co-founder of Jibu, a for-profit business with the integrated goals of making money and making charitable impact.