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What's the difference between a social entrepreneur and a social intrapreneur? What makes a social enterprise? What are some best practices and case studies I can learn from? Find answers here, at the Resource Library for Impact Entrepreneurs.

PSU White Papers and Case Studies


Replication School: Scaling Social Innovation

through Dissemination Training

white paper | 1.3 MB 

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Grameen Intel Social Business: Technology

Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid

academic case | NextBillion 2015 2nd Place Winner

purchase online


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What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Introducing Ashoka, a leading organization in social entrepreneurship


Building Social Business, Mohammad Yunus

How to Change the World, David Bornstein

Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know, David Bornstein and Susan Davis

Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of your Enterprising Nonprofit, J. Gregory Dees



The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship : The Case for Definition

Making Your Impact at Work: A Practical Guide to Changing the World from Inside Any Company

Social Intrapreneurs : The Field Guide to Corporate Changemakers




HCD Connect

Net Impact

PSU Net Impact

Skoll World Forum

Young Women Social Entrepreneurs


Educator Resources

Ashoka U: Social Entrepreneurship Education Resource Handbook

Materials for Social Enterprise Curriculum Development

Sullivan Foundation: Core Curriculum for Undergraduate Social Entrepreneurship Programs


Other Tools and Resources

"11 Job Boards for Careers in Social Good"

B Corp: organizational sustainability evaluation and certification system 

Development, Impact, & You: practical tools to trigger and support social innovation 

Enterprising Nonprofits: guides and resources for nonprofit social enterprise

Fiscal Sponsor Directory: find a fiscal sponsor to enable your social enterprise to receive grants 

Oregon SBDC: toolkits for every stage of business

REDF: tools and resources for nonprofits planning and operating social enterprises

SBA: information on loans from the US Small Business Administration

seToolbelt: free tools and learning materials for social entrepreneurs

SME Toolkit: business toolkits and resources

Social Venture Business Plan Competitions: a list from the William James Foundation

Social Venture Competitions and Fellowships: a list from NYU Reynolds

TRASI: social and environmental impact analysis tools and methodologies

Trustlaw: global pro bono service that connects NGOs and social enterprises with top law firms around the world


Workshops and Support

List of Portland Business Incubators and Accelerators: from our blog

Mercy Corps NW: classes, small business loans, and matched savings accounts

Springboard Innovation: workspaces, classes, and networking

SCORE PDX: business workshops and free consulting


Other Resources at Portland State University

Business Outreach Program: small business consulting and technical assistance

Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability: case studies in sustainability

Graduate Business Projects: consulting projects conducted by MBA students

Portland State Business Accelerator: office and laboratory space for science and technology startups

Undergraduate Senior Capstone in Business Strategy: business plans and product/service feasibility studies


"What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world for the better."

-- David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas