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The Annual Social Sector Franchise Innovations Roundtable (SSFIR) is a unique invitation-only conference convening a diverse cross-section of social sector franchise entrepreneurs, commercial franchise experts, impact investors and donors, thought leaders, and scholars. The SSFIR aims to identify barriers to growth and define actions that can build the Social Sector Franchising ecosystem among diverse contexts, customers, financing, and donor/investor relationships.

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Fourth Annual  Social Sector Franchise Roundtable

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University of New Hampshire Campus
Durham, NH, USA 

Highlights from the Third Annual Social Sector Franchise Roundtable

The Third Annual Social Sector Franchise Innovations Roundtable (SSFIR), held at the UNH Durham campus on October 18-19 was a unique invitation-only conference convening a diverse cross-section of social sector franchise entrepreneurs, commercial franchise experts, impact investors and donors, thought leaders, and scholars.

The theme for this year’s Roundtable was, “Moving from Pilots to Proven Concept: Tools, Metrics, and Best Practices for Social Sector Franchising”. The event helped identify barriers to growth and defined actions that can build the Social Sector Franchising ecosystem across diverse contexts.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Opening Keynote Address and Q & A 
    Keynote Speaker Greg Hills, Managing Director of FSG

    Mr. Hills has over 20 years of experience advising organizations on strategy, program design, evaluation, and operational improvement, and co-leads FSG’s global corporate consulting practice advising multinational corporations on innovative shared value and CSR strategies. He has published numerous influential papers and speaks regularly on topics of shared value, CSR, collective impact, and philanthropic effectiveness. FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, lasting social change.

Watch the short video from Mr. Hill’s keynote Beyond the pioneer Getting Inclusive Industries to Scale.

  • Introductions     
    Brief Introductions of participants - names, organizational affiliations
  • Panel and Discussion
    Innovative Measurement Breakthroughs in Health Sector Franchising
    View PDF of all panel presentations here. 


  • Lunch (Video and Presentation by UNH EC-SISI Funded Togo Hope Project)

     A Nebraska-based program called Global Partners in Hope (GPiH) is developing five regional health centers, delivering real, sustainable hope   to the rural people of Togo. Last summer, thanks in large part to a grant from the UNH Emeriti Council, three UNH students had an   opportunity to assist in this effort. Kiley McKenna (Nursing ’18), Elizabeth Lapsley (Nursing ’18), and Aboubacar Konate (Civil Engineering ’17)   participated in a ten-day GPiH mission to conduct a needs assessment of the health of the rural community surrounding the village of   Agbelouve. Read more here.

  • Check in on our Inaugural Living Case Studies

Recorded presentations and Q & A with our 2016 Social Sector Franchise Accelerator protégés Mark Mutaai, Jibu and Victor Mhango, Ziweto Agrovet EnterpriseSeven7 Melissa Denim Shorts McCarthy Boutique qwEHBTRH and Ignite. A review of what progress has been accomplished, major deviations from the plans made at SSFIR 2016 what the future holds.


  • Building the Social Sector Franchise Ecosystem Part Two: Developing a Research Agenda and Community of Practice to Catalyze the Growth of the Social Sector Franchise Ecosystem


  • Evening Keynote and Dinner – Galen Welsch, Co-founder and CEO Jibu
    Galen co-founded Jibu in 2012 and under his leadership Jibu has quickly become a top-rated B-Corp social franchise bringing affordable drinking water access to thousands, and creating hundreds of jobs, mostly for youth, across East Africa. Galen’s achievements at Jibu have been recognized by BBC World, the Guardian, Fast Company, the Franchise Times, and by Forbes 30 under 30 and serves on the advisory board of the UNH Social Sector Franchise Initiative.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • Introduction of the Social Sector Franchise Accelerator Process 2017-2018

    All five new Social Sector Franchise Accelerator protégés made 10 minute introductions of their social franchises and Critical Issues followed by 5 minutes of clarifying questions from participants.

    Here is a brief profile of our 2017-2018 SSFA Protégés

    • Apps and Girls
      A small social enterprise dedicated to providing coding training, entrepreneurship coaching, and mentorship to school-age girls in Tanzania
    • WSV:
      Currently running three social enterprises that address issues for those living on less than $3/day: Petal, educating communities and providing women with sanitary napkins; Roots, building hygienic toilet facilities that turn waste into fertilizer; and Right Light, which rents solar lamps to communities without adequate infrastructure.
    • Livelihood Basix:
      An NGO that provides solutions for smallholder farmers, women, and youth living in sub-Saharan Africa by addressing issues of agriculture development, financial inclusion, and vocational skills. 
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    • Supply Hope /Mercado Fresco: 
      A micro-franchise network model that increases access to nutritious, affordable, high-quality food while empowering women through the creation of in-home grocery stores in Nicaragua.
    • Pollinate Energy 
      A social business that brings highly affordable, quality products such as cook stoves, solar lamps, fans, and water filters to the urban slums of India through a micro-franchise model.
  • Accelerator Solutions Prototyping with Working Lunch* (buffet available from 12:00pm – 12:45pm)
    Participants broke into five groups, one for each SSFA protégé, to work through an Accelerator Solutions Prototyping Process that had as its end result an action plan for moving the social franchise forward to the next stage of development. The action plan identifies possible strategies for solving key constraints, attracting financing, resolving management dilemmas, etc. The action plan will guide the mentoring relationship between the IFA mentor and the SSF franchiser.
  • Accelerator Solutions Prototyping Teams Report Back          
    Each team was given have 10 minutes to report back on the Accelerator Solutions Prototyping process and the Actions Plan created.
    To read the individual Actions Plans and read the blog posts of the mentor/protégé calls click here

For more information, please visit the 2017 Roundtable page.