Having seen a proliferation of Dragon’s Den-inspired social enterprise competitions, and being involved in designing and running two ourselves, Richard Litchfield (Director of Eastside)and I did some thinking, research and had some good dialogues. We wanted to get a sense of the logic behind the competitions, their relative effectiveness, and the various forms they take.
Drawing on our own experience, research on competitions around the world, and dialogues with others in the sector we produced a short piece to provoke a wider conversation in the sector. This article is a key piece of thinking to encourage greater self-reflectivity amongst institutions and practitioners in the field in addition to ensuring we make our next ventures even more likely to generate the impact we desire.
You can download the article to read social-innovation-competition.
You can also review some of the competitions were drew inspiration and lessons from: