A network of Individuals, Enterpreneurs, Organizations and Groups coming together to empower and support each other to develop and implement innovative, effective, sustainable solutions.
WE Build Networks
Central to the PATRIOTS Network is the belief that networked individuals social entrepreneurs,organizations and groups are invaluable partners in planning and implementing community and economic development projects.
Community-based networks have the cultural competency and understanding of local needs that are essential in creating meaningful community-building initiatives.
WE Provide Training & Capacity Building
To help our members and partners achieve their goals, The PATRIOT Network provides intensive training and capacity-building services, focusing on program implementation that leads to measurable outcomes. The scope of this training will accommodate the development of Entrepreneurship Skills and Training and developing unique Social Enterprise Business Models and Skills necessary for success in our world today.
The Business Model for a social enterprise is the channel that the social entrepreneur converts inputs into outcomes; the generation of both social value (measurable impact) and economic value (revenue). The training and capacity building program is hands on not academic with practical skill development using real life models representing the reality of our society today.
WE Offer Financial Assistance
The PATRIOTS Network Development Loan Fund provides low-cost financing for community-based organisations undertaking development activities.
We also help community groups gain access to pre-operational and recoverable grants to enable them to absorb some of the early costs associated with developing business plans and other activities that build their organizations' assets.
There has never been a better time to crowd-fund. The ‘alternative finance’ market has doubled in the past year and this pace is expected to continue throughout 2016, according to research by Nesta. In fact, crowdfunding became so established in the last 12 months that the word was finally accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary in June 2015. The PATRIOTS Network considers crowdfunding an important strategy. Nothing better symbolizes entrepreneurship than fundraising. Social entrepreneurs are no different. Today, there are a host of on-line resources for crowdfunding that social entrepreneurs can use to fund their projects, films, books, and social ventures.
Leaders in education, business, and government agree that “soft skills” training is one of the missing links contributing to today’s talent gap. Why invest in life skills? It came out of research and data that life skills are an important ingredient to successful entrepreneurship (especially for social enterprise). However, such programming is often scattered, insufficient or non-existent, leaving too many people unprepared to handle Job's how much more for social enterprises. So The PATRIOTS Network will help build and develop a curriculum to assist our members and partners through mentorship programs that will help them succeed in these projects.