How it works
SS48 is a fun, high energy event for people who are passionate about changing our world–and who have an interest in entrepreneurship. It is based on the idea of applying business principles in the social sector: a trend that is seeing innovative people discover new ways to contribute to society. To give you a better understanding of how SS48 works, we’ve compiled a brief four-step guide below. To see in more detail how it all unfolds on the big weekend, click here.
Individuals will be asked at the application stage to describe their own social startup idea(s) at a very high level. The ideas submitted need to identify a social impact goal and also include a very brief summary of the enterprise that will be the vehicle for achieving that goal.
Examples: One idea could be a non-profit organisation that mentors victims of bullying in your local community. Another idea could be a for-profit company that sells the artwork of talented homeless people, sharing the profits with the artists while raising awareness all over the world. It’s going to be your enterprise–so it’s completely up to you.
Leading up to the big weekend, the best ideas out of all the attendees will be shared, along with profiles of each attendee. Each participant will nominate themself to a social impact category which will form the basis for their weekend, and have the opportunity to vote on their favourite ideas.
The SS48 weekend begins with teams and rough ideas ready to go. Over the next 48 hours, teams will need to come up with the structure that will guide them from conception to achieving its goal. This can include (but is definitely not limited to) creating your growth strategy, funding strategy, marketing plans, a website, and the little fun things like your company name and logo.
It is expected that some teams may evolve quite significantly from the original social startup idea. This is perfectly okay, and the end result is only limited by the creativity of the team.
The social startups formed during the weekend are showcased as everybody’s efforts culminate in a final exhibition. Each team’s passion will be on display as teams face off to be the best social startup as judged by an expert panel that may include veteran social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors and CEOs.
AT THE END OF THE DAY…
SS48 is all about you and the wider community. The ideas come from you, and it is up to you to bring them to life. We will simply be there to give you a kick start, help you create a network of like-minded people, provide a bit of guidance and make it a whole lot of fun.
If you think you are the right kind of person, then apply now to be a part of Social Startup 48.