Sarah Dodds was a social innovator who was passionate about capacity building for early-stage, high potential social enterprises and social businesses. Through her work launching Accenture’s well-known ADP (Accenture Development Partnerships), her work at Crisis and boutique consultancy projects and later her role as Director of Ventures for UnLtd, the UK’s foundation for social entrepreneurs, Sarah identified a crucial gap in the current support mechanisms available to social entrepreneurs. She focused on early-stage enterprises that had achieved some level of “proof of concept” but which were in need of business thinking and operational improvements to create a platform for growth.
Sarah’s untimely death in a cycling accident in June 2008 has led her friends and family to set up a programme to carry forward Sarah’s vision of injecting highly skilled, business-minded support into early-stage social ventures.
Tributes to Sarah can be found online at www.sarahtribute.wordpress.com