But what do we actually do within the incubator?
Over the years, to effectively meet the needs of social entrepreneurs, we have developed a range of more inclusive offers for social entrepreneurs.
For entrepreneurs in the start-up phase, we develop tailor-made support programs. The programs provide access to personalized coaching by an incubator expert, group training, a network of experts and funders, and the community of makesense contributors.
_Sprints are 6-week online programs in groups to prototype new solutions.
_The COMBO programme is aimed at project leaders from diverse backgrounds to support their launch over 6 months.
_The Back to Work program, in partnership with Pôle Emploi (French Employment Office), supports job seekers who want to find solutions to the employability of vulnerable populations for 6 months.
_Every 6 months, the Test&Learn program supports the promotion of 8 social entrepreneurs who use digital or new technologies to solve social or environmental problems.
_For employees (intrapreneurs) wishing to develop entrepreneurial projects within their organisation, the incubator offers tailor-made assistance to support each step of the implementation process. We work with social intrapreneurs from Société Générale, La Poste, but also from Emmaüs, the Red Cross and Paris Habitat.
For entrepreneurs and social intrapreneurs who occasionally need help and resources, we have launched a newsletter, a blog and a series of thematic events (financing, HR, communication, etc.) to free up our resources and expertise for as many people as possible.
The job of each team member is multifaceted. This includes designing tailor-made support programs, mobilizing relevant experts and methodologies, nurturing a network of partners, investors and corporate partners… Not to mention constantly innovating – to invent new services and tools according to the needs of entrepreneurs who ask for our help.
For example, at the request of social entrepreneurs based far from Paris, we developed a newsletter and a resource platform, Odisea. The objective is to make all content created and aggregated by makesense easily accessible to as many people as possible, thanks to trainings and tools.
To go even further in supporting social entrepreneurs in the commercialization phase, we are launching the first makesense investment fund: SEED ONE. The purpose of this fund is to finance the pre-seed phase of young social entrepreneurs. The pre-seed phase concerns projects that are at the beginning of commercialization but do not yet have financial viability. Investments are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019.
Our ambition is to be able to support social entrepreneurs at every stage of the development of their impact projects.
We have set up awareness campaigns throughout France for idea bearers. Whether it is social entrepreneurship competitions (Social Cup, Switch Up Challenge) or awareness and meeting times (Tech4Good Tour), we provide concrete methodologies (SenseFiction, Créathons) to idea carriers to help them take action and start their project.
The makesense incubator is an association under the 1901 law. We believe that every entrepreneur who wants to have a positive impact must have access to the best resources and support, regardless of their financial means. This is why the vast majority of our offers are completely free of charge for social entrepreneurs.