Social entrepreneurs, agents of change, with the desire to make the World a better place for all of us to live in.

Nowadays, it is “trendy” to be a social entrepreneur and their work is gaining the attention on the national and international levels. But what is it that drives social enterprises to succeed? Is it the desire to make a world a better place? Is it the business opportunity that would also create value for society? Or is it a motivation to improve their own life conditions?

All over the world we see examples of social entrepreneurs creating innovative solutions that are dealing with some of the toughest challenges that we, worlds inhabitants, are facing. Some found solutions to improve hygiene among children by providing affordable soap, some are teaching emotional intelligence and fighting bullying, and some provide homecare and nursing services even in the most developed countries out there. We see new examples coming up in the news every day.

The interest about social entrepreneurship growing rapidly and social enterprises becoming an even more important block in an inclusive labour market, sort of a bridge to pursue social goals of the EU 2020-strategy. Therefore, it becomes more and more important to create a supportive environment for emerging and existing social enterprises. This project aim is to identify mind-set elements, such as different skill sets (competencies), values and motivations that social entrepreneurs have and should obtain, and thereafter provide a knowledge sharing possibility.

Study “Social entrepreneurship mind-set” will not only identify the key mind-set elements that social entrepreneurs should have, but also competencies and skills that are needed to become a sustainable social business that creates an impact. The study will combine information gathered from various educational materials, international studies and a conducted ground research by project partners in their respective countries: Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden.


We have included the following sections in this study:

Overview of current mind-set

Elements, competences and needs

Competence requirements from European commission

Support programs for social entrepreneurs

Case studies

Identification of current pressing needs and gaps in support mechanisms


Partners and Authors:

Social innovation centre: Latvia

Anita Stirane

Jevgenija Kondurova

Nordic Association for Social Innovation: Sweden

Charlotte H Carlmark

Louise Weinreder

Ulf Andersson

Skudutiskis academy: Lithuania

Loreta Stelbiene

Nijole Butkeviciene


This material is part of the project “Boosting key mindset elements for successful social business development”, co-financed by Nordplus programm “Nordplus Adult”, project identification number NPAD-2017/10203.

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