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Social Investment Awards

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Social Investment is designed to help charities and social enterprises do more. It is the provision of finance to generate social and financial returns. It can bring benefits to enterprises and investors alike: for enterprises it can help improve financial innovation and growth, improve commercial skills and strengthen governance and accountability; for investors it provides another route to engage with social change.

The UK social investment market is now worth over £200m. It helps to support social enterprises that contribute over £55bn to the economy each year and employ over 2 million people. With the intention to support this growth, the Cabinet Office, alongside RBS, recently launched the Social Investment Awards, whose ceremony will take place in London on 27 October 2014.

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Entrepreneurship at a Glance

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Entrepreneurship is an important source of innovation, growth and employment. The recent crisis has arguably hampered new start-ups and stifled growth in existing start-ups as well as their ability to survive in tough market conditions. The significant rise in business closures in recent years, especially of micro and small enterprises, bears witness to these difficult conditions and highlights the need for robust and comparable statistics on entrepreneurship.

For this reason, earlier this month the OECD released its latest publication on entrepreneurship. ‘Entrepreneurship at a Glance’ presents key indicators on entrepreneurship and its determinants, and is the result of the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme (EIP). The programme, started in 2006, is the first attempt to compile and publish international data on entrepreneurship from official government statistical sources.

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Investment Week's Sustainable Investment Awards

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Have you got an investment solution to the social, ethical and environmental challenges we face? Now in their sixth year, Investment Week's Sustainable Investment Awards offer an opportunity to showcase your expertise and commitment to what is an expanding and increasingly popular sector of the investment industry.

The recent flooding crisis has put the spotlight once again on climate change and the environment. Whether it is clean energy, water, forestry or climate change issues, investors are aware that we need to protect our limited natural resources, as well as the need to produce less waste and invest in more efficient industrial processes.

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New EU-funded platform to promote Tunisian civil society

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The EU-funded Support Programme to Civil Society (PASC), product of a partnership between Tunisia and the European Union, has launched a platform on the Internet to favour exchanges and sharing between the players of the Tunisian civil society, the public players and each citizen who is willing to contribute to the socio-economic development of Tunisia. This online platform, called Practice Community ('Communauté de pratique' – CdP) is based on a process of collective learning. It allows its members to benefit from best practices and mutual experiences, through a whole range of online tools.
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Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Taking place on 17-23 November 2014, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

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The Intrapreneur Lab

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The Intrapreneur Lab is a 3 day + 3 month programme that helps individuals in large companies to develop profitable innovations that create social impact. The programme has two phases and is open to groups of 20-30 participants with early-stage ideas from large companies.
 

Phase 1 is a three-day intensive where participants interact with thought-leaders and successful intrapreneurs. It will take place at the Saïd Business School in the University of Oxford on 13-15 October and at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg on 17-19 November 2014. Phase 2 is a three-month accelerator where participants receive support for their projects: consulting from ADP, coaching from Leadership Laboratories and engagement with experts across BFP's global community.

 
Intrapreneur Labs have been held in Oxford and New York with participants from Barclays, Novartis, GSK, Pearson, Mars & CEMEX. Faculty-members have been some of the world’s leading intrapreneurs from Coca-Cola, GSK, Vodafone, BASF, Novozymes, Interface, Accenture, Barclays, GSK, & Novartis as well as thought-leaders from Oxford, Cranfield and Cornell.
 
For more information on this initiative visit the Business Fights Poverty website.
 

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