The capabilities needed to design a social innovation are different from those required to scale it. That’s why the “magic pill” approach doesn’t work and many social innovators need specialised scaling support.
That’s one of the reasons for the recent launch of the world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator by the Bertha Centre, in partnership with the International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF) and Franchising Plus, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The initiative aims to meet the needs of underserved people across South Africa by helping socially impactful organisations to franchise their work. The goal for the first year? To work with three pilot organisations, creating sustainable social franchises and launching pilot franchisees in three new locations for each organisation.
Read more about it in upcoming issues of Inside|Out.