European Social Enterprise Monitor launch

by Helen Harvey / September 2020

As of today, the first Social Enterprise Monitor at European level can be accessed by socially and environmentally minded entrepreneurs.

THE HAGUE (Euclid Network) are proud to announce the official launch of the inaugural European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM) survey at the 2020 Social Enterprise World Forum. The Monitor provides an opportunity for impact-driven entrepreneurs to share their perspective and influence the next generation of social enterprise strategies, support, funding and investing policies and laws.

Join 20+ national Social Enterprise networks, universities and research institutes! Each voice and perspective will bring invaluable insights into the ecosystem, successes and barriers of social entrepreneurship in Europe. Share your experiences, help close the current gap in data on social enterprise and have a say in the future direction of policy and funding decisions that will affect your business!

Take the ESEM survey now!

The History of ESEM
Over the past 3-14 years, national Social Enterprise Networks in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have conducted Social Enterprise Monitors at a national level. These delivered in-depth data on social enterprise and start-ups leading to important changes in policymaking, investment decision-making and contributed to increased visibility and understanding of the social enterprise model as well as its crucial role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

What Can We Achieve Together?
The overall aim is for the ESEM to communicate, support and promote the needs and interests of enterprises in the social and solidarity economy across Europe and beyond. ESEM will gather participants’ insights on social entrepreneurship and make them available for decision makers, government officials, investors, researchers and impact practitioners. Having more knowledge and a better understanding of the sector means that funding as well as EU and national policies can become better adjusted and more responsive to the needs of (aspiring) social entrepreneurs.

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The in-depth data on social enterprises and start-ups across Europe will allow country partners to be more aware of each other’s policies. The European comparison and better mutual understanding will strengthen collaboration and facilitate practitioners to learn from each other. More effective social finance and social enterprise will accelerate reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Insights will contribute to the European Action Plan for the Social Economy designed by the European Commission and will drive the future of social enterprise and the social economy and be presented at the European Social Economy Summit #EUSES in Mannheim on 26-27 May 2021.

Who Are the Project Partners?
The ESEM project is supported by the European Commission. ESEM 2020 is the first edition of the research and aims to reach social entrepreneurs in 8 countries. In each country national Social Enterprise networks are involved, supported by research partners and social enterprise support organizations ranging from government officials, to investors, to universities and research institutes. Each country has a lead partner:

  1. Croatia – Act Grupa
  2. Denmark – Sociale Entreprenor i Denmark
  3. Estonia – Social Enterprise Estonia
  4. Germany – Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND)
  5. Portugal – EsLider
  6. Spain – ESADE
  7. Sweden – Forum for Social Innovation
  8. United Kingdom – Social Enterprise UK


In future years, we will expand our pool of country partners, research partners, outreach partners and sponsors. Organizations from countries who are currently not yet partners are welcome to contact and inform their network of social entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs can sign up for notification when a survey for their country will become available. Outreach partners and sponsors are also welcome for the ESEM2020 and future editions.

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For a full overview of current partners and opportunities on how to get involved, click here.

Do you have a social impact business? Take the survey!

Do you know someone who does? Share the link!

Together we can influence the next generation of social enterprise policies and funding that will affect your organization and the world we want to live in. Make your voice heard!

Visit the ESEM website to find out more

Helen Harvey is SEWF's Event Director