Think Tank


Social Enterprise in Local Community of Cambridge

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Beyond Profit announces new series of Think Tank Stream to help the young and aspiring entrepreneurs to set up social business and make a difference in the society. Our theme for this term is ‘Social Enterprise in Cambridge’. This series is specifically designed to inspire Cambridge students to think about innovative and sustainable solution in creating social impact, and encourage young social entrepreneurs by providing guidance and support in setting-up a social enterprise.


The programme will be conducted in three sessions (on consecutive Monday evenings from 5-6:30pm, on Week 3-5, St. John’s College) where the participants can meet and interact with experts from the field and discuss on various topics regarding the social enterprise in Cambridge and young social start ups in the local community. This is a certified programme and you will gain a certificate from us if you attend all three sessions. The Think Tank Series is FREE of cost. All you need to do is fill out our Google Sign up Sheet here.





Structure of Think Tank Michaelmas 2014 Series

Session 1

  • Date: 27 October
  • Time: 05 to 06:30 PM
  • Venue: St. John’s College, Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building
  • Speakers: Dr. Helen Haugh (CJBS): Introduction to Social Enterprise in Cambridge
    Dr. Neil Stott (CJBS, CSI): Social Enterprise in Cambridge
    Stefen van der Fluit (Nuklius): The Importance of Socially Conscious Entrepreneurs

Session 2

  • Date: 3 November
  • Time: 05 to 06:30 PM
  • Venue: St. John’s College, Dirac Room, Fisher Building
  • Social Enterprise Workshop
  • Speakers: Dr. Toby Norman (Simprints)
    Ms. Belinda Bell (Social Incubator East)
    … and more speakers coming soon

Session 3

  • Date: 10 November
  • Time: 05 to 06:30 PM
  • Venue: St. John’s College, Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building
  • Social Enterprise Pitch
  • Presenting your ideas: Social Enterprise Competition (speakers TBC)




Event 1: Social Enterprises - What to DO!!!

Have you heard of Social Enterprises but you are not quite sure what they are? Then this event is for you!!!

Dr Micaela Mazzei from Make It Happen Consultancy will be coming in on Friday 29th to talk about Social enterprises. Her talk will focus on what it is and how you can start up your own social enterprise and take it to consolidation phase.

The talk will be 30-45 minutes and we will then follow with Q&A and a discussion. The discussion will involve a brainstorm where students can bring up their ideas and plan in an informal setting. Please RSVP on our FaceBook Page.

Time and Place: November 29 5PM at King’s College (Room detail to be confirmed)

Event 2: Social Enterprises - What NOT to DO!!!

By Claudia Pedra of Stone Soup Consulting - Webinar

This is a follow up event to the first one - Social Enterprise: What to Do (

In the second half of this series, Claudia Pedra from Stone Soup Consultancy will talk about failurees of social enterprises and focus on the lessons learned.

Please find more details at our FaceBook event.

Time and Place: December 2 TBD at King’s College (Room detail to be confirmed)



Think Tank is a program run by Beyond Profit that aims to encourage the discussion about Social Entrepreneurship and about business solutions that are capable of generating social value and impact.
By becoming a fellow of Think Thank you will benefit from:
  • Being equipped with technical and social skills that will be essential to our generation to become the next future entrepreneurs focused in making the world a better place;
  • Training teamwork and complex problem-solving skills;
  • A close interaction with experienced social entrepreneurs, social enterprise consultants and other like-minded students;
  • Invaluable networking opportunities.


Think Tank 2013-2014

The Think Tank stream invites students to generate discussions about social entrepreneurship and business solutions that are capable of generating social value and impact. You are given the opportunity to help and give advice to local businesses through the Think Tank program, after having acquired entrepreneurial knowledge from our fortnightly speaker events.

This year, in Michaelmas term, we will look at “Making a social enterprise more successful”, and in Lent term, “Social entrepreneurship in the developing world”. Our first speaker session will teach you how to implement a social enterprise from start up to consolidation phase, guiding you down the path to success.


Think Tank 2012-2013

Our Lent 2013 edition (27th February, 6th March, 13th March) was hugely successful. We looked at ‘the measurement of social value’- a hot topic following the recent legislation on Charitable Incorporated Organisations.

Nicola Dickins from Make it Happen Consultancy introduced us to previously established social value metrics and to their limitations and explained the urge and importance of creating strategies to evaluate social impact. This was followed by a lively discussion.

The collaboration between Think Tank and the Humanitarian Centre brought Anne Radl and Janice Pederson to our programme, who provided mentorship and guidance to the Think Tank fellows in this follow-up event.

The developed projects throughout the Term were presented to both the mentors and to our Judges, specially invited to provide our Fellows with final comments and recommendations: Dr Helen Haug (Deputy Director of the MBA Programme), Dr Shima Barakat (Research and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School) and Shelley Gregory-Jones (Development Director at The Sixteen).