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Welcome to the first newsletter from the Ventures Network at The Young Foundation. This new network is targeted at social entrepreneurs and will provide support to early stage, innovative and high growth potential social ventures through regular newsletters, events and networking opportunities.

In our newsletter we will be telling the stories of the entrepreneurs we work with and sharing learning though specially commissioned articles and blog entries. The newsletter will also highlight opportunities and tools available to the ventures in our network.  So please read on - we hope you find this first issue of interest and do come back to us with suggestions and feedback.

The ventures team at The Young Foundation.
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If The Shoe Fits: Social Ventures and Marketing Strategy

One of the key differences between a social venture and a traditional charity is that by definition, a social venture takes a commercial approach to solving a social problem. It sells a product or service to customers, putting the profits back towards addressing whatever issue it has chosen to pursue.  Read the article.
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Playing Chicken

Last month The Young Foundation's Mhairi Aylott attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising,  led by the man famed with training Barack Obama in community organising. 

In this article she reflects on the valuable knowledge that could be gleaned from what was often an uncomfortable, yet enlightening week. Find out about Mhairi's training session.
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The Journey of a Social Entrepreneur

Radhika Bynon is the director of The U, a venture from The Young Foundation that brings together communities through learning sessions in useful topics like first aid, conflict resolution.  

"For me, a social enterprise is fundamentally characterised by its value and I am only excited by initiatives that challenge inequality.  I've never got over my outrage about the unfairness of poverty and exclusion, and every job and initiative I've been involved in has been about challenging that ..." Learn more about Radhika's journey.
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Top Ten Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Pitch Perfect

Eleanor Cappell is a Senior Associate in The Young Foundation's Ventures team and here she shares her top tips for social entrepreneurs looking to perfect their pitch.

"It is surprising how many times social entrepreneurs fail to follow the simple steps to a successful and powerful pitch. I am often left scratching my head and wondering why. When you pitch, social investors want solutions, not problems." Discover all of Eleanor's tips.

Figure of the week: €10,000

Ben & Jerry's are offering nine young social entrepreneurs the chance to compete for €10,000 worth of prize money as well as a trip to their HQ in Vermont and six months' mentoring from Ashoka.