Center for Social Enterprise Development

The Center for Social Enterprise Development offers resources, programs, bootcamps on social enterprise and acts as a primary network for social enterprise activity in Central Ohio.

Still accepting applications for SE Catalyst

The Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) is now accepting applications for its second round of SE Catalyst,™ an intensive eight-month immersion initiative for Central Ohio nonprofits who wish to develop sustainable, social enterprise ventures. Several nonprofit organizations throughout Central Ohio will be selected to participate in CSED’s second SE Catalyst cohort. Applicants will be selected based on their readiness, willingness, and capacity to devote significant staff time and resources to development of a new venture through group participation.

Four social enterprises complete Six Sigma with OSU Fisher College of Business

The Center is completing its second semester of collaboration with the OSU Fisher College of Business in using social impact as one of the improvement objectives for the Six Sigma continuous improvement methodology. Led by Professor Cheryl Dickerson, each semester several teams of OSU undergraduates studying Six Sigma methods work with Central Ohio social enterprises to reduce time or improve accuracy of a component of the enterprise’s operations while incorporating a measure of social impact as one of the measurements of success of the improvements. So far the program has benefited four local social enterprises: CleanTurn, HireLevel Auto, Hot Chicken Takeover, and Habitat for Humanity ReStores. The goal of the program is two-fold. The first is to work with a social enterprise over three to four semesters to continuously improve their operations. The second is to demonstrate that social impact can be effectively incorporated into the goals of continuous operational improvement. The program will add up to three more local social enterprises for the Spring 2017 term. Contact us to learn more about this program.

Now Available: The 2016 Report of the State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio

It takes a community for social innovation to thrive. As we celebrate the Center for Social Enterprise Development’s (CSED) inaugural year, we would like to provide a snapshot of our community’s progress in fostering social innovation and social enterprise throughout Columbus.

15 Organizations Selected to Participate in Second Social Enterprise Accelerator in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2 May 2016—The Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) and SEA Change have selected 15 Central Ohio organizations to participate in SEA Change’s three-month intensive social enterprise accelerator program. SEA Change is a blended learning program that combines a 12-week online curriculum on enterprise development with weekly hands-on technical assistance from entrepreneurial support leaders and experts from Northeast and Central Ohio.

Center for Social Enterprise Development launches new SE Catalyst™ initiative

Five Central Ohio nonprofit organizations selected to participate in first cohort

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 15 February 2016—The Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) has launched SE Catalyst,™ an intensive eight-month immersion initiative for Central Ohio nonprofits who wish to develop sustainable, social enterprise ventures. Five nonprofit organizations in Central Ohio will participate in CSED’s first SE Catalyst cohort: Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, Community Shares of Mid OhioEducational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO), Gladden Community House and IMPACT Community Action.
The participants were selected through a competitive application process which evaluated their readiness, willingness, and capacity to devote significant staff time and resources to development of a new venture through group participation. SE Catalyst™ is a program of CauseImpact LLC that has demonstrated success in Nashville in producing a pipeline of investment-ready social enterprises. The program integrates a group cohort model approach with customized support for each individual participating organization. The program combines classroom instruction with coaching, technical assistance, and the real-world application of tools, approaches and principles to develop social enterprise ventures.

The Social Enterprise Development Series for 2015-2016

This Fall workshop series is offered to leaders, Board members and senior managers at nonprofit organizations who wish to develop new ventures or expand existing earned-revenue operations. Through this series of hands-on workshops, you will learn how to develop ideas to help your organization generate unrestricted revenue and amplify your mission results. You’ll work on your own ideas and unique experiences, elbow to elbow with your peers. Our instructors have decades of experience helping organizations like yours transition to more sustainable models through innovation and entrepreneurship.

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