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Social Enterprise as Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies (SEFORïS) | 04-10-2016
The international SEFORIS project (Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies) unveils first findings about social enterprises in several EU member states, Russia and China. The press release is avaliable for download.
The SEFORIS project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-method international research project on social enterprise funded by the European Commission. Through the generation of robust evidence and a focus on internationally leading research, SEFORIS aims to better understand the role that social enterprises play in the EU countries, China and in Russia in the development of and evolution towards inclusive and innovative societies.

The SEFORIS project aims at enhancing our understanding of the role of social enterprise in leading us to a more inclusive, innovative society. The project seeks to develop insight about the social enterprises and their context as well as to develop thoughtful and new policy-relevant insights and stakeholder-relevant recommendations.

The project is implemented by the consortium of 12 organisations from 10 countries (Belgium, Britain, Hungary, Germany, Spain, China, Portugal, Russia, Romania and Sweden). The following academic partners and research institutions take part in the project:
  • KU Leuven (Belgium),
  • Aston Business School (Great Britain),
  • Hertie School of Governance (Germany),
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain),
  • University of Aveiro (Portugal),
  • Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR, Russia),
  • Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden).

As well as social entrepreneur support and financing organisations:
  • Oksigen Lab (Belgium),
  • i-propeller (Belgium),
  • The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs — UnLtd (Great Britain),
  • Non-Profit Incubator (NPI, China),
  • Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT, Hungary and Romania).

The results of the project will be of use to the project participants, other social enterprises, which haven’t taken part in the research, to policy makers at all levels and researchers.

For more information on the SEFORIS project please visit:

As of October 2016, after eight months of data analysis and nine months of surveying more than 1.000 social entrepreneurs and working with social entrepreneur support organisations and financing organisations, the SEFORÏS project can proudly present its first findings in six in-depth country reports. A study like this has never been conducted before and is unique in its kind, since the survey participants engaged in extensive conversations with SEFORÏS researchers, offline as well as online. The country reports consist of a number of national and international trends related to social entrepreneurship, from financing to operational models and multiple demographic factors.

Please consult SEFORÏSí website for the full country reports:

The next step in the SEFORÏS project will be an in-depth cross-country comparison of the collected data, in order to better understand holistic trends, facts and figures.

Download press release on first findings of the project. (October 04, 2016)

March 16-17, 2017, The final conference was held in Brussels. All deliverables available.
Download press release on first findings of the project

(October 04, 2016)
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