Previous Webinars | Events

The Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) explores and advances the understanding of the world of international franchising and franchising business models through research, education, and outreach.

Visit the individual social franchising webinars/events below to learn more about the previous social franchising webinars/events/conferences RIFC has hosted.

Previous Social Franchising Events

Realizing The Promise Of Social Franchising

March 24, 2021

The Rosenberg International Franchise Center (Peter T. Paul College of Business at the University of New Hampshire) and the International Franchise Association Social Sector Franchise Task Force hosted a 90-minute virtual conference on social franchising.

Panelists

Panelists Aliouche, Starbird, and Wilson presented their recent articles as published in the Stanford Social Innovations Review (“The Promise of Social Sector Franchising” – February 2021) and discussed social franchising as a promising powerful approach to multiplying the impacts of social enterprises, examined the experiences of four social franchises from different industries and different countries, and reflected on successes, challenges and lessons learned that may be important to the fledgling field of social franchising. Sabrina Habib talked about her experience as the co-founder of social franchisor Kidogo.

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Using Financing to Unleash the Power of Franchising in the Social Sector

Oct. 28, 2020

AGENDA

CONFERENCE WEBINAR RECORDINGS/VIDEOS

CONFERENCE WELCOME REMARKS | HACHEMI ALIOUCHE, MARLA ROSner (13:23 VIDEO)
 
KEYNOTE INTRO. & PRESENTATION | Q&A: JULIE MCBRIDE, MARC BLUMENTHAL (1:02:52 VIDEO)
 
KIDOGO PRESENTATION | Q&A: SABRINA HABIB (31:15 VIDEO)

This 2020 case study provides an overview of Kidogo, an innovative East African social enterprise that is harnessing the power of social sector franchising. Kidogo combines best-practice early childhood Centres of Excellence best practices with a social franchising method that supports the quality improvement and growth of local childcare micro-businesses. 

KIDOGO CASE STUDY

JIBU PRESENTATION | Q&A: GALEN WELSCH, WALTER TUKAHIIRWA (59:19 VIDEO)

This 2017 case study provides an overview of the business model, operations, and approaches of the social sector franchise, Jibu. Jibu seeks to simultaneously provide lasting access to affordable drinking water and to contribute to economic development through a network of locally-owned franchise businesses in East Africa and beyond.  

JIBU CASE STUDY
More about Jibu

UNJANI CLINICS PRESENTATION | Q&A: LYNDA TOUSSAINT (24:31 VIDEO)

Unjani Clinic is a network of black women owned and operated primary healthcare clinics that provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to communities in low income areas. It is an innovative model to address the inequality which exists between private and public healthcare services in South Africa.

UNJANI CASE STUDY
In addition to the case study, you may also download:
Unjani Clinic Fact Sheet
Unjani Clinic Footprint (Map)

CONFERENCE WRAP-UP & CLOSING THOUGHTS: HACHEMI ALIOUCHE, PETER D. HOLT (6:59 VIDEO)

CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

  • Dr. E. Hachemi Aliouche, Director, Rosenberg International Franchise Center (Peter T. Paul College of Business, University of New Hampshire)
  •  Marla Rosner, Senior Learning Consultant, MSA Worldwide; Chair, International Franchise Association Social Sector Franchising Task Force
  • Julie McBride, Founder & CEO, Stage Six
  •  Marc Blumenthal, Founder, Social Ventures Foundation
  • Galen Welsch, CEO, Jibu
  •  Walter Tukahiirwa, Franchisee, Jibu
  •  Sabrina Habib, Co-Founder, Kidogo
  •  Lynda Toussaint, CEO, Unjani Clinics
  •  Peter D. Holt, President & CEO, The Joint Chiropratic; Vice-Chair, International Franchise Association Social Sector Franchising Task Force

Moving from Pilots to Proven Concept: Tools, Metrics, and Best Practices for Social Sector Franchising

October 18 & 19, 2017

The 2017 Social Sector Franchise Innovations Roundtable (SSFIR) was an 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 goal for the event was to help identify barriers to growth and define actions that can build the Social Sector Franchising ecosystem across diverse contexts.

AGENDA

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SPEAKER PROFILES

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION VIDEO

Watch the opening Keynote address by Greg Hills

PRESENTATION FILES

View or download all conference presentations (65 pages)

Building Common Ground and Understanding for Scaling Social Sector Franchising

September 27 & 28, 2016

The Social Sector Franchise Innovations Roundtable (SSFIR) was an invitation-only conference convening a diverse cross-section of social sector franchise entrepreneurs, commercial franchise experts, social impact donors and investors, scholars and students. The goal of the Roundtable was 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.

AGENDA

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SPEAKER PROFILES

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CONFERENCE OUTCOMES/HIGHLIGHTS

  • A commercial and social franchise expert panel mapped out common interests to build bridges between commercial practices and social sector goals.
  • Impact investors and donors explored how to move projects from pilot to investment-ready and discussed risk factors and design weaknesses, which may impede participation of social-oriented investors in the social franchise sector.
  • A health panel discussed the role of health franchises in delivering high quality essential care to people in the developing world.
  • Three social sector franchise cases, each at a different stage of maturity and complexity, were the subjects of a day-long Accelerator process that resulted in action plans to be implemented over several months. These social sector franchises will receive ongoing support and will report their progress, as well as any challenges.