In European Social Enterprise Monitor


Intermediary Organisation: European Commission

Year: 2024


The German Social Entrepreneurship Monitor (DSEM) is a biennial study on social entrepreneurship in Germany. The aim is to provide politics, business, science and civil society with a deeper insight into the ecosystem and, in particular, to uncover the potentials and challenges of social entrepreneurship.


DSEM Social Enterprises are represented throughout Germany. The frontrunner by far is Berlin. Over a quarter (26.4%) of the 329 participating DSEM Social Enterprises are based in the capital. Hamburg and NRW follow with just under 11%. Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania bring up the rear – only 0.9% and 0.6% of DSEM. The figures from the DSEM 2024 also suggest that social enterprises still prefer to be located in urban centres. One of the main reason for this is the existing infrastructure in large cities and regions. Business contacts, access to financing and support opportunities are quicker and more directly accessible in contrast to the country side. Nevertheless, setting up a business away from the metropolitan region also offers advantages considerably lower costs for office space, for example.