The ScaleSchool is a training program for social entrepreneurs

to replicate successful climate solutions.

The vision and long term impact

The problem

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) are rising in the atmosphere at alarming rates. In order to limit the planet’s temperature increase to 2 degrees by 2050, in the next 3 years humanity must not only reduce emissions but also drawdown a maximum of GHGs, according to climate scientists.

All around the world, thousands of individuals who have become aware of this challenge are launching projects to mitigate the local effects of global warming: migration, desertification, increase of inequalities, unsustainable development of cities, biodiversity loss, sea level rise, food security…

 

The goal

A high percentage of climate-related social enterprises do not reach their targeted impact, and 90% of them fail within less than 5 years. Many of them start from scratch, lack the competent advice, technical knowledge, and/or support organizations, and often end up having to reinvent the wheel. As a result, invaluable time, money and energy are lost and less impact is achieved.

On the other hand, a limited number of experienced entrepreneurs have managed to build mature, bankable climate solutions with concrete impact and a sustainable business model. But they lack time, money and the network to share their knowledge and replicate their solution.

As a result, the goal of the scaleschool is to :

« Boost climate change mitigation by replicating 1 social enterprise recognized for its outstanding performance in drawdown of GHGs, by a large number of  social entrepreneurs worldwide. »

 

 

The long term targeted impact

The curriculum / How it all works

The project consists in an innovative training program to empower 100 entrepreneurs to launch their social enterprise, by replicating 1 qualified climate-related social enterprise which (1) has proven to effectively drawdown GHGs and (2) is bankable.

A very selective recruitment process identifies 100 credible social entrepreneurs, with sufficient financial autonomy and the capacity to fundraise their initial investment needs.

In partnership with the French Minister of Environment, we built a digital collaborative platform (named “O”) that enables matchmaking between users/projects worldwide. To enable decentralized training, mentoring and knowledge sharing for this training, we intend to integrate additional tools to this platform such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and a Knowledge Management base.

We will also organize gatherings (5 regional, 1 global, based on our peer-learning methodology) and encourage local meetups, in order to boost feedback sharing and mutual support within the cohort of 100 entrepreneurs.

The replication model deployed is a “social franchise” between the mature climate entrepreneur (the franchisor) and the 100 replicating entrepreneurs (the franchisees). “Social” refers to the fact that the primary goal is impact, and the mindset is not capitalistic centric but ensures economic viability (as in social entrepreneurship).

Implementing the school

  • How we identify « successful » solutions
  • How do we define a climate entrepreneur
  • How do we qualify outstanding climate entrepreneurs
  • Who are the students ?
  • How do we reach mass impact ?

 

Digital tools for mass impact

  • MooCs
  • Knowledge documentation and sharing
  • Collaborative network

The approach

The program is open source. It is designed to be scalable and self-financed in the long run. We plan to replicate it in the following years for other outstanding franchisor social enterprises.

The approach is based on three pilars :

Inventory

Inventory of mature, bankable climate solutions validated by renowned partners

Robust tools

Robust and innovative tools, including a digital platform for MOOC* training and knowledge sharing

Holistic and multistakeholder

Holistic approach mobilizing expert partners on the whole value chain

Workgroups

Many questions arise throughout the development of the project. We strongly beleive in the power of open innovation and collective innovation. As a result, we created 15 open workgroups, to which anybody can contribute with his time and expertise.

The business model

Cost structure

The scaleschool was designed to support on the long term many class at the same time. As a consequence, the cost structure integrates :

  • On one side, transversal cost to all classes, among which :
    • recruitement,
    • communication,
    • admin,
    • partnership,
    • IT costs

 

  • On the other side, class specific costs, among which :
    • teachers,
    • training experts,
    • events,
    • knowledge documentation efforts

 

Revenues (year 1)

  • Student fees
  • Investors fees
  • Sponsoring (70%)

Support the ScaleSchool

  • As volunteer by bringing your expertise to one of the workgroups
  • As partner of the program with my organization
  • As sponsor by co-funding the program
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