The Social Innovations Lab is committed to promoting and nurturing innovation toward social impact.

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Ideas Work
Theory of change

Making Ideas Work

The Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab nurtures social enterprise models from ideas to implementation, increasing blended value, social impact and financial sustainability. The Lab will provide a low-risk opportunity to test, vet, and bring to implementation strong ideas across the social sector, social enterprise, and government. The goal of the Lab is to increase the chances that the strongest ideas of Social Innovators will take root, attract the needed capital, and ultimately have a significant social impact regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Innovating
To meet demand

Innovating

Leaders in government, social investors and philanthropists are demanding new social enterprise models that are cost effective, financially self-sustainable, adaptive to feedback and metrics, with clear outcome accountability measures, and the potential for large-scale impact.

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Testing
Measure potential impacts

Testing

Social sector-oriented nonprofit leaders and managers from the nonprofit, government and private sectors need a way to test new innovative ideas and models to determine whether the ideas are effective, sustainable or scalable before they are fully launched or receive significant investments. Executing ideas without testing can be socially and financially costly and could have a negative impact on the groups the model was designed to serve.

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Seeding
The right way to grow

Seeding

Innovative models that have been vetted and have the right talent have a much greater likelihood of success and need to be matched to partners, seed funding, investors, and talent. Without the right connections, great ideas can be lost.

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Execution
Creating markets, influencing policy

Execution

Great innovations have a better chance of becoming a reality with the appropriate supports to develop markets, evolve the innovation through consumer feedback, removal of social and political barriers, and creation of value added partnerships.

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