What it Means to be a Social Entrepreneur
Hart Main (Founder of ManCans & IY Jr. Board Member)
For the last three years I have, more or less, been running my own business. Last year I took an entrepreneurship class in school which was taught from the book by the book. We learned an entrepreneur was someone who assumed the risks of starting and running a business. While this is a broad definition of the term, I personally saw entrepreneurship as much, much more.
Over the past few years I have learned entrepreneurship as a lifestyle, both difficult yet rewarding. An entrepreneur is someone whose skill set extends outside the business world into everyday problems. Entrepreneurship is the key to the worlds problems large and small. Some may ask how entrepreneurs can solve problems as socially rooted as world hunger. That is where social entrepreneurs such as myself come in. While still a for profit company, I have been able to use this business to help feed 70,000 people across the Great Lakes region. There are few opportunities in life to make a large scale impact on the world. I believe entrepreneurship should be defined as “taking the opportunities presented to you to make a difference in the world through a business setting.”