There are numerous definitions of what exactly social entrepreneurship is. In this project we understand social entrepreneurship as impact-driven, but also profit-oriented, innovative entrepreneurship which assumes clear understanding of the target group.
- “Social entrepreneurship in modern society offers an altruistic form of entrepreneurship that focuses on the benefits that society may reap” – Wee-Liang, Williams, John, and Tan, Teck-Meng (2005)
- “Social entrepreneurs are one species in the genus entrepreneur. They are entrepreneurs with a social mission.” – J. Gregory Dees (2001)
- “Social entrepreneurship describes innovative, entrepreneurial action aimed at solving societal problems. This can be implemented in a new start-up or as a part of existing organizations (social intrapreneurship).” – University of Vienna, Social Entrepreneurship Department.
We understand social entrepreneurship ecosystem as a set of connections and interdependences between the parties working on social entrepreneurship. It can be described as a social entrepreneurship cloud or a support system.