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Supporting social entrepreneurship at a local level

Supporting social entrepreneurship at a local level

Compendium of Good Practices

Social entrepreneurs combine doing good with doing business to create a positive impact on society. This way social entrepreneurs solve real life societal and environmental challenges in innovative ways, while running a sustainable business.

Everywhere in Europe (and beyond) public officials have become aware of the resolving power of social entrepreneurs and set up favourable policies. Local and regional governments are crucial stakeholders in creating this favourable ecosystem. This compendium derives policy lessons for supporting social entrepreneurship from the analysis of 8 local initiatives in:

  • Aalst (Belgium)
  • Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Efeler District (Turkey)
  • Hannover (Germany)
  • The Hague (Netherlands)

The initiatives cover a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access and support structures, to education and skills. This compendium is the result of the R.R.E.S.I. project, an EU funded partnership on exchanging best practices of local approaches to support social enterprise.

Impact City The Hague is the lead partner in this project. The Hague was one of the first cities in Europe to provide dedicated support to entrepreneurs and frontrunners who work on innovations for a better world.