In EU Policy, Funding


A funding toolkit for SE support organisations. Explains what the EU is doing to support the SE finance market, especially social entrepreneurs – and how to access EU funding.


Year: 2019

Intermediary: Euclid Network


In 2017, there were 2.8 million social enterprises in the European Union (EU), employing some 19.1 million people, which accounts for 6.3% of the total paid workforce in Europe (EESC 2017). Though not a new concept or practice, social entrepreneurship moved into the spotlight in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis. Pioneers in fighting social exclusion, delivering high-quality
welfare services and combating environmental issues, social enterprises have been identified by the European Commission (EC) as playing a key role in the EU’s response to the crisis. Supporting entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and focusing on enhancing people’s skills will help the EU to achieve its goal of ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’, as set out in the Europe 2020 strategy.