Today sees the launch of our new poll, which asks what you think about some of the biggest questions surrounding entrepreneurship

Every month LSE Entrepreneurship will pose a new question to find out what people think about some of the biggest issues surrounding entrepreneurship. The poll is easy to take – one click to vote – and later we will release the results and find out what academics and other experts think about the same question. If you would like to explain your answer or comment on the question, you can do so on the introductory post about each question.

The poll is an important facet of LSE Entrepreneurship’s new blog, and its aim is to help communicate the vast potential of entrepreneurship to larger audiences. Professor Alnoor Bhimani, Director of LSE Entrepreneurship, explains why:

‘Entrepreneurship is too important to be left to entrepreneurs. Its economic and social potential makes it something that all active citizens should engage with and understand. Through the questions we pose, we hope to widen awareness that entrepreneurship’s impact is able to reach into domains with which many people might not immediately associate it. Issues relating to gender, equality, innovation and economic drive are all relevant, and considering ideas of entrepreneurship can also help communities find out more about their own motivations.’

Question time – the priorities of the social entrepreneur

Should social entrepreneurs prioritise social good over profit?

In 2012 government research found that there are about 70,000 social enterprises in Britain As a sector it is also, according to Social Enterprise UK, growing fast.

But underpinning this rapidly growing sector are fundamental questions about its purpose, identity and impact. Can the profit motive ever really be balanced with social goals? How can you measure and quantify a social ‘profit’? 

‘This is a question that is uppermost in people’s minds,’ said Professor Alnoor Bhimani. ‘Lots of individuals are looking to develop social enterprises. But an important part of this is clarifying what we mean by the concept, what their primary focus should be and what society expects of social entrepreneurs. The latter is what we hope to shed some light on from this poll.’

Sara Feast is Communications and Events Officer at LSE Entrepreneurship.