Systemic challenges require systemic solutions. As ecosystem builders for social change, we work behind the scenes to help other agents of change thrive.
I help them maximize their impact without minimizing themselves.Anika Horn, Founder
Welcome to my world!
I created Social Venturers because I know that pursuing an impact-driven career while leading a sustainable lifestyle can feel like a Sisyphean task.
I have spent that last decade running acceleration programs for early-stage (social) entrepreneurs, growing the B Corp movement in Virginia, US, and telling stories of purpose driven founders and those who build ecosystems for them to thrive in. I earned an undergraduate degree in European Studies (Germany & France) and a MSc in Sustainability (Germany & Australia). Somewhere along the journey, I got married to an incredible human, became a mother, fell in love with cooking and obstacle course racing.
What these 15 years in the social impact space have taught me is that we can only solve systemic challenges through systemic solutions. I learned that unlocking human potential is at the core of social and environmental change, and that without community, we are nothing.
We can learn a lot from each other and about systemic change if we step out from behind the scenes and share what we know, what we question and where we are headed. On this site, I introduce you to some of the most interesting people in the world of social enterprise and sustainable business who apply an ecosystem lens to their work. My hope is that we can not only learn from each but start co-creating and supporting each other in building purpose-driven careers, organizations and ecosystems without losing sight of our personal wellbeing.
I’m on a mission to provide ecosystem builders for social change with the insights, resources and peer community to build purpose-driven careers and lead sustainable lifestyles.
Meet the community
Those of us who have dedicated their careers to creating social impact are players in the Infinite Game of changing the world. We invest our hearts and souls, sweat, blood and tears into making a difference for our communities, the planet and generations to come. This is our purpose.
The draining part is when the work feels unbalanced. Sometimes you give so much to your community but receive no support in return; it gets hard when the ecosystem is not ready to adopt the systems you are putting in place to better serve entrepreneurs.Larkin Garbee, Good Work Society
If you have worked in the world of social impact, and social entrepreneurship in particular, chances are you have experienced some of the darker sides of the sector:
- workload and long hours,
- juggling responsibility not only for teams but clients and beneficiaries
- below-market rate remuneration
- the fine line of sales and marketing in the social impact space,
- resource scarcity,
- productization of impact-driven services,
- organizational resilience,
- personal productivity and motivation,
- maintaining personal well-being and relationships, burn out.
All of these challenges cause changemakers to drop out of the social impact game and leave the sector; not because they don’t care about creating social impact any longer. But because they are done. Frustrated. Exhausted. They may have lost their purpose, sense of their whole self. They may have brushed shoulders with burn out.
I’m not in it to make loads of money but I don’t want to worry about paying my bills. Working for yourself, it can be hard to stay motivated when sh*t gets hard. Sometimes you just don’t want to take the next step.Danielle Anderson, Step & Stone
Keeping you in the game
In brief, at Social Venturers we equip you with the insights, resources and peer community to put your personal life on track to happiness and well-being while helping you thrive and excel in your impact-focused career.
You never solve for the scariness of being self-employed. To survive as an impact-focused solopreneur, you need to leverage your network, charge what you’re worth and delegate tasks – you can’t do it all!Rehana Nathoo, Spectrum Impact
We provide exclusive content and programming focused on personal and professional growth for changemakers who believe in the power of (social) entrepreneurship, who know that the status quo is not good enough and who understand that you cannot pour from an empty cup.
Building the community and infrastructure for the social impact space helps grow the connective tissue among us. Through Social Venturers we build relationships and a shared mission, to grow and professionalize the social impact space.Chintan Panchal, RPCK