Social entrepreneurship/Social entrepreneur

A social entrepreneur is someone who engages in social entrepreneurship.

What is a Social Entrepreneur?Edit

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A Social Entrepreneur is an individual who uses socio-cultural means in an unique, innovative and sustained manner to attain socio-cultural valued goals, as a result of which significant socio-cultural (and systemic) change is brought about which is considered to be an improvement on a previous socio-cultural condition (Senekal)

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Examples of Social EntrepreneursEdit

Characteristics of Social Entrepreneurs[1]Edit

Social entrepreneurs are unique individuals from a variety of professions, in a variety of countries, with powerful ideas around improving quality of life in the short, medium and long term. There are some qualities which many social entrepreneurs seem to share:

  • visionary
  • mission-orientated
  • relentlessly driven (towards implementation and realising the vision)
  • ...


Can I be a social entrepreneur?


  1. Bornstein, David. How to Change the World, Oxford University Press, New York, 2004.

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