The term “Social Intrapreneur” first gained attention with a research report published in 2008. This “Field Guide” identified individuals that are inside business, developing scalable solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.
Just like social entrepreneurs, social intrapreneurs are motivated to change the status quo. Looking over the horizon, they see opportunity in the face of great challenge. This tribe of pioneers is incubating social change from the inside out, delivering business solutions that directly impact social and environmental inequities.
“Social intrapreneurs are among the most important catalysts for improving the social and environmental impact of large organizations,” said Gib Bulloch, executive director of Accenture Development Partnerships. “Fifty-plus of the largest 100 economies in the world are businesses, and just one degree of change instigated from the bottom up by a social intrapreneur can make a huge difference to communities reached by those companies.”
But bringing social intrapreneurship from the fringes into the mainstream is not an easy task. This is why Ashoka, the world’s largest organization of social entrepreneurs, and Accenture, a global consulting company, have joined forces to launch The League of Intrapreneurs: Building Better Business from the Inside Out. It is a global competition that aims to identify, support, and build a global network of social intrapreneurs.
Competition participants can submit entries until January 15, 2012 at changemakers.com/intrapreneurs. The best 15 entrants will form the inaugural class of the League of Intrapreneurs, becoming part of an elite global network.
An expert panel of judges will select three winning entries from the League, and the Changemakers online community will vote to determine one additional winning entry. These winners will receive pro-bono consulting support from Accenture, and an invitation to attend the Skoll World Forum, plus press coverage (if desired).