The playground of the rich? Growing social business in the 21st Century

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This article aims to explore how nascent social businesses move beyond the incubation phase and it develops understanding of how early stage social businesses access finance to achieve growth. This exploratory and inductive study is based on four focus group discussions with early- stage social entrepreneurs, ‘successful’ social entrepreneurs who had achieved growth, and social impact investors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-216
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Enterprise Journal
Issue number2
Early online date1 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016



  • social business
  • social entrepreneurs
  • social impact

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