The Hextol Foundation: Building a sustainable social enterprise business model

Steven Pattinson*

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This case focuses on how social entrepreneurs use business model thinking to create successful business models for sustainable social enterprise. It explores how the Hextol Foundation, an independent charitable company whose aim is to improve the quality of life of young people who are learning disabled, or who have mental ill health, uses business model thinking as part of a decision-making process to develop a sustainable social enterprise business model. The case provides a detailed account of the unique challenges presented to entrepreneurs who are driven by social purpose rather than solely by the need to generate a profit. The case is also useful in highlighting how business model thinking is used by entrepreneurs to identify, evaluate and pursue a range of strategic options. It advances our understanding of business model thinking and business model innovation in the context of a social enterprise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalThe International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Issue number1
Early online date2 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


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