We are looking for a social entrepreneur with a great passion to establish a business for social good. Apply here!
Who are you?
Do you have a great business idea related to agriculture, creating Sri Lankan products which solves a clear social or ecological issue in your community?
Are you interested in setting up and running your own social enterprise?
Do you have a strong passion to make a difference?
Are you aware of what it means to work by yourself without a fixed salary?
Do you have a strong connection to and are inspired by service to your community?
Do you know how to network and motivate others to support you and your ideas?
Are you a Sri Lanka citizen and do you have a good proficiency of English?
If your answers are ”YES” for all the above questions, THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU!
What do we offer you?
We invest in you to turn your vision into reality. We offer you a structured and proven approach to turn your vision for your community into a tangible social enterprise, with
professional sessions to develop your business and leadership skills as part of BOOKBRIDGE capability program
a team of highly skilled professionals who co-create your vision and social enterprise with you
access to investors who may fund your idea with an interest-free loan
opportunities after the program to learn from peers and exchange best practices
a lifetime membership in our bridgebuilder community
What do we expect from you?
Comply with the BOOKBRIDGE Social Business Fund agreement
Fully participate in our capability program working with a team of professionals and our program coaches. This includes participation in all sessions as well as acting as key contact for the team of professionals throughout the program
Treat your team members, both local and international, as co-creators and assist your local counterparts to build relationships with the international team after module 1
Send monthly reports to your investor and your team after your social enterprise opened
Attend bi-yearly update calls until the loan has been repaid
Contribute to the Community Hero Guidelines by sharing your best practices in running the social enterprise
Contribute to workshops, share your lessons learnt and best practices with other community heroes
Follow the BOOKBRIDGE Design Guidelines
Follow BOOKBRIDGE Vision, Values and Code of Conduct
How does it work?
Apply using our application form.
Upon review of your application, the Country Partner will conduct a video interview.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews with our social entrepreneurs and will be visited by the Country Partner.
Top candidates will be invited for a final panel interview with BOOKBRIDGE Board, Leadership Team and Alumni.
If you are selected as a social entrepreneur, we visit your community as a next step. In a community meeting, we will take time to understand the current situation and the perceived needs of the local people. Based on this, we compile a briefing note which serves as a basis for the program. We will recruit additional local candidates for the program.
We engage you in a 6-month program, beginning in October, 2022 with a team of Cambodians and professionals from abroad to develop your business idea into a functioning social business. Your full-time role as the entrepreneur of the business allows for a high degree of self-responsibility. You earn your salary through income generated from your business with the continued support of BOOKBRIDGE.
We begin the program with a kick-off module in your community. You will get to know your team members and introduce your design challenge. Over the 6-month program, you and your team will turn your vision into reality, resulting in a tangible social enterprise which is run by you as its entrepreneur.
What challenges are waiting for you?
Setting up a social enterprise: You will work with a team of local and foreign candidates from our capability program who will support you and your team in researching, planning and setting up your social business.
Social enterprise management: You manage daily operations together with local staff. You are responsible for reporting to your stakeholders.
Development of business: You direct the design and implementation of the business, which inspires and engages the local community.
Maintaining network: As founder of your business, you work closely with your capability program team and BOOKBRIDGE's Country Partner. You develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders of your social enterprise.
What are our admission criteria?
Passion to make a difference: You are not focused on yourself but you define yourself by your impact on others.
Entrepreneurial fiber: You have started tangible projects and initiatives by yourself already. You are aware what it means to work by yourself without a fixed salary.
Strong values and ethics: You show good self-understanding and confidence.
Rootedness in the community: You are well-rooted in the community. You are a networker and you know how to motivate others to support your idea. You have the support of your family to be a social entrepreneur.
Whom to contact?
If you have questions please contact Sujitha Miranda, BOOKBRIDGE's Sri Lanka Country Partner at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mobile phone +94777306043