Dossier: «Social and Solidarity Economy: Experiences and Challenges»ISSUE 6 (NOV 2016)

The financing of social entrepreneurship. New models for old problems?


Social entrepreneurship has existed for as long as there have been social problems needing responses and solutions. In recent years, new forms of business have been developed that respond to social and environmental challenges, and which combine aspects of non-profit organizations with others of for-profit companies. In this article we start by defining social entrepreneurship, which has specific characteristics and needs that are distinct from those of conventional entrepreneurship. This difference has enabled the development of a financing market specific to this field, which attempts to provide suitable responses to the different types of organizations operating therein. We then go on to look at the financing models available to social initiatives and the cases and situations that make some more appropriate than others.

social entrepreneurship;  non-profit organizations;  financing models;  decent work and economic growth;  responsible consumption and production; 



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