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Picking a Needle out of a Haystack: Selecting for social entrepreneurs
Joshua Venture Group, November 3, 2010
Founded in 1999, Joshua Venture Group (JVGroup) invests in social entrepreneurs working to expand and reinvigorate the Jewish community. In the spring of 2010, JVGroup received 131 applications for our then soon-to-be re-launched Dual Investment Program. Although only eight fellows were eventually chosen to participate in the program, an analysis of the applicant pool revealed who were developing social entrepreneurial ideas, where they were located, and what topics their ideas covered. Joshua Venture Group shared this information in the aggregate to provide a larger understanding of the field.
This second paper describes the process we used to select our current cohort of fellows. More specifically, it explains how we assessed who we thought would be successful both as social entrepreneurs as well as positive members of a cohort. By sharing our process, we intend to exemplify how transparency and knowledge-sharing can lift all boats, and how they play a role in advancing the philanthropic and social innovation sectors. As a recently re-launched learning organization, we look forward to sharing more of our “lessons from Joshua Venture Group” as our cohort of fellows and program continue to mature.
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Picking a Needle out of a Haystack: Selecting for social entrepreneurs . Joshua Venture Group. 3 November 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7470
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