15/11/2010

By Claire West

School For Statups founder asks ethical entrepreneurs "Is greed good"?

Doug Richard, the founder of School for Startups and founding BBC Dragon, will today challenge over 300 social entrepreneurs to tap their inner Gordon Gekko if they are to deliver real change in a landmark event to kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Taking inspiration from the movie Wall Street, Doug will ask over 300 social entrepreneurs: “Is Greed Good?”

The question comes as part of a no-nonsense training workshop to help social entrepreneurs grow their businesses and maximize returns to fuel social investment.

The event will run at Social Enterprise Live — part of the Good Deals Conference — on day one of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010.

“A social enterprise is not a charity and social entrepreneurs can only do good if they do well. That means growing their businesses, creating capital and being in a position to give something back. This landmark event will help a new generation of social entrepreneurs build strong, sustainable businesses and help them achieve their ambitions to help their communities.”

“Is Greed Good? will provide practical advice from experienced entrepreneurs delivered at exactly the right time, to help new social enterprises get off to the best possible start. I am thrilled to be heading up this workshop that will provide tangible assistance to those looking to do great things.”

Doug will be joined by an expert panel of entrepreneurs including Julie Devonshire, chief operating officer of Global Ethics, the company behind the One Water brand, and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, founder of The Black Farmer and The Black Farmer Scholarship.

Julie Devonshire, chief operating officer of Global Ethics, says: “Social entrepreneurs start with the ambition to help others but to do that they first need to help themselves. By building a strong, robust business, Global Ethics has been able to donate £5m to humanitarian causes and made a positive change to the lives of over one million people around the world. This event will help pass on practical advice to help social entrepreneurs succeed, grow, and employ.”

Featured entrepreneurs from the social community around the world will also contribute via an online chat-stream to the fully interactive event, which will be streamed live to viewers online.