Foundations of Social Enterprise
Lab participants will learn about social innovations in business and explore social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship (building innovation within an existing organization). During the Lab, participants will spend some time developing their own ideas for social innovation and will leave understanding:
- What social innovation in business can look like
- Different model examples of social enterprise (both social entrepreneurship and social intrapreneurship)
- How they can apply these theories and practices to their businesses and organizations.
Meet Your Lab Leader:
Marcus Young is the Director of Business Operations for Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers in Rwanda where he develops innovative business solutions to connect growers, roasters, and other players in coffee’s supply chain. He is a USBC head judge, WBC judge, SCAA lecturer and instructor, and frequent contributor to coffee industry trade publications. He was the founder and visionary behind Central City Coffee, a social enterprise coffee company providing on-the-job training for formerly homeless employees. Marcus is devoted to creating opportunities for personal and economic growth throughout coffee’s supply chain while expanding the science, artisanship, and trends in specialty coffee. From trading and sourcing green coffee, roasting, brewing, and training; he calls upon his relationships, creativity, palate, and experience every day. He consults with roasters and retailers to grow their business through continuing coffee education, customer engagement, and coffee-centric events.