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Welcome to the second 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 second issue interesting and do come back to us with suggestions and feedback.

The ventures team at The Young Foundation.
The Young Foundation

Introducing the Social Business Model Canvas

Early stage ventures can often find themselves floundering when it comes to articulating their business proposition. Stuart Thomason talks about how they can paint a better story using the social business model canvas.

Money Matters?

Social investment is being discussed by everyone - including the Prime Minister at G8.  Here David Floyd considers what this means for the sector.

My journey as a social entrepreneur: Reanaldo Belle

The Young Foundation works with housing associations to help develop their in-house resources to support young entrepreneurs. Here Reanaldo Belle, an entrepreneur supported as part of our partnership with A2Dominion describes his journey from fashion enthusiast to running his own clothing line. 
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Entrepreneurship versus Enterprise

Entrepreneurship is not just something people do when they are older, it’s also something young people can do, and do brilliantly too. Mike Zatyka talks about how we make the most of our budding Alan Sugars
Image of two migrant entrepreneurs in a garden

Migrant social enterprise in the UK 

"Four years ago Lola and Sarah arrived in the UK homeless and unable to communicate in English. Today they are setting up their own social enterprise." Margaret Ogebule follows their journey
Photo via B Tal on Flickr’s Creative Commons

Top tips for winning contracts and commissions

There isn't a magic bullet, but the solution we've found most effective is a mix of common-sense, imagination and the experience of others.

Social Business Model Canvas workshops

Coming up in London and Birmingham. Secure your place below ... 

Figure of the week: £3,000

Locality has launched a competition to find the best examples of peer-to-peer learning between smaller organisations  with a first prize of £3,000.