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What are we talking about?
The term scaling refers to a fast and significant increase of the social and/or environmental impact. Therefore this definition goes well beyond a simple growth of the organisation size or revenue/budget.
When scaling, the organisation goes through an acceleration phase. This stage follows the testing and prototyping phase (initiation stage) and comes after the impact and the business model have been proven (consolidation phase).
Depending on the situation, this growth of impact may take different forms:
- more impact on existing beneficiaries
- new beneficiaries on the current intervention area
- new beneficiaries in new territories
To increase impact, there are different scaling strategies that social entrepreneurs can explore and opt for (spin off, diversification, fertilisation, partnership, …).*
Key questions when scaling
When scaling up, the majority of the impact-driven organisations face challenges that can affect, slow down or even jeopardise their development.
Here are some of them:
Scaling up: Key stages
The process of scaling follows a number of steps that guarantee the success of the project.