Building an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship: lessons learned from The Netherlands
The circa 40 social enterprises and stakeholders interviewed confirm the picture of a social enterprise sector that has been developing considerably in the Netherlands in recent years. The proverbial ‘black hole’ – to which the then President of The Euclid Network, Filippo Addari, compared the sector six years ago – is no longer an apposite designation. The sector is now flourishing, with thousands of (primarily small) businesses on the threshold of the subsequent scale-up phase. The present study entailed examining how the social enterprise sector in the Netherlands developed, what lessons this has yielded and what insights this offers for other countries.