EFESEIIS - Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies endeavors to produce new knowledge and provide it to every individual, authority or organisation that are involved or are willing to involve themselves in the social and solidarity-based economy. It aims at providing a better understanding of Social Entrepreneurship using thorough analysis of data gathered in 10 European countries.

EFESEIIS website

Project and Objective

The mission of the project is to produce new knowledge enabling the European people to fully understand the conditions under which social entrepreneurship starts, develops and can contribute effectively and efficiently to solving societal challenges in a sustainable way. It sets four principal goals:

  1. To construct an Evolutionary Theory of Social Entrepreneurship that takes into account the history and trends of Social Entrepreneurship, the different operational and organisational forms, the role of communities, cultures and tradition, the role of social innovation, the role of the dialogue between the State and Citizens on Social Inclusion and how social entrepreneurship and institutions co-evolved during time.
  2. To identify the features of an "Enabling Eco-System for Social Entrepreneurship" because Social Entrepreneurship is mainly a local phenomenon, in the sense that its activities are usually performed at the local level and aim to solve local problems.
  3. To identify the "New Generation" of Social Entrepreneurs that requires a greater understanding in terms of its features, the needs and constraints as well as its contribution to Social Innovation.
  4. To provide advice to stakeholders. The project targets policymakers both at the European, national and local level, banks, and other organizations such as: chambers of commerce, associations of entrepreneurs, local development agencies and so on.

Expected Results

By 2016, EFESEIIS aspires to give all the key information to a wide range of stakeholders - from policy makers, financial organisations, and local authorities to individuals - to remove the barriers preventing from the growth of Social Entrepreneurship and support its development worldwide. Every stakeholder will be provided with advice on how to draft policies and services to foster Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation based on the data collected and the country analysis performed.

European POLICY BRIEF : "How can policy makers improve their countrys support to social enterprises?"

The European Commission has published the policy brief “How Can Policy Makers Improve Their Country’s Support To Social Enterprises?”. The policy brief is based on the preliminary results of the EFESEIIS research project (Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies)

The document has the main aim of providing policy makers with advice on how to support social enterprises in their country and has been written based on a wide-range of interviews and focus groups held with stakeholders from the partner countries. (...)

Read the article on the blog of EFESEIIS

Here you can find the policy brief.


Participating national organisations come from:

International organisations


All the results can be found on the project page: http://www.fp7-efeseiis.eu/results/

It contents reports on the following topics: Historical Analysis / Analysis of social entrepreneurs. The EFESEIIS survey / Understanding stakeholders’ perspective / New Generation of Social Enterprises / The role of main institutions / Welfare, education and social entrepreneurship / Social Capital of Social Entrepreneurs / Evolutionary theory.

Step by Step


The EFESEIIS project has begun its in-depth research on a range of New Generation Social Enterprises across Europe. More than 70 social enterprises operating in the partner countries: Albania, Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Serbia, and Sweden, have been selected as case studies. The listed SEs were selected by the project partners using several criteria, including when the enterprise was founded, source of revenue, field of operation, and the shape and structure of the organisation. There are a range of case studies covering many different sectors from renewable energy, to the hospitality and entertainment industries and the publishing sector.

In Albania, the various European research teams discussed the next steps of the project. Social enterprises and other stakeholders from the partner countries were present. A very interesting exchange took place!
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In Warsow with the EFESEIIS research project (www.fp7-efeseiis.eu) to study the different social enterprises in 10...

Posted by ENSIE on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Project EFESEIIS in Warsaw. Visit: www.fp7-efeseiis.eu

Posted by ENSIE on Friday, February 20, 2015