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SELUSI: What social entrepreneurs can teach us

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SELUSI: What social entrepreneurs can teach us

17% more innovation in social businesses than in their traditional counterparts. Social entrepreneurs have special skills that make them ideally suited to furthering innovation. How can we find out more about these skills? And even more importantly, how can we teach these skills and use them for ‘ordinary’ entrepreneurs and for society as a whole? SELUSI was created in response to these questions.

Social entrepreneurs have special skills that make them ideally suited to furthering innovation. How can we find out more about these skills? And even more importantly, how can we teach these skills and use them for ‘ordinary’ entrepreneurs and for society as a whole? SELUSI was created in response to these questions.

SELUSI is a broad, multidisciplinary research initiative with three goals:

1. To increase our insight into social businesses

We have initiated Europe’s first panel database of 550 social businesses in five EU Member States: Hungary, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In this way we have created reliable, comparable and extensive data about social businesses. 

2. To make social entrepreneurs’ skills available to mainstream entrepreneurs

We have implemented two action / research experiments to test how we can couple social entrepreneurs’ skills to a genuine need for innovation at a mainstream business: at Telenet and at IMEC.

3. To make policy suggestions on the basis of new insights 

We have formulated policy proposals in the field of innovation, service provision and societal reform at local, national and European level. In this way, we are contributing to a more inclusive and sustainable society for everyone. Read more

In 2014, Seforïs was set-up. This research project builds on the knowledge created by Selusi and improves the knowledge on social enterprises in 8 EU countries, China and Russia. It focuses on the impact social enterprises have on the inclusiveness and innovation in societies. 

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