How can we stimulate entrepreneurial activities aimed at tackling societal challenges in an effective way?

How do social entrepreneurs address societal challenges, and what is their role in comparison to that of government and corporations? How can they face the challenges in making their ventures work, in particular when it comes to scaling their solutions? Social entrepreneurs address societal challenges adopting a business model. They come up with innovative solutions to complex problems related to e.g. inclusive labor markets, waste, and global value chains.

The Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative is a platform that develops and disseminates new knowledge jointly with other key actors involved in ecosystems for social entrepreneurship. It is powered by the research expertise that resides in Utrecht University's strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies.


13 June 2019
Living pasts is a course that combines historical data across disciplines to realise an application that tells the story of De Neude across the centuries. 
logo Rijksoverheid horizontaal
29 May 2019
The Dutch Council of Ministers has decided to actively improve the regulations and the playing field for companies with social or societal goals.
Ellen Moors. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
27 May 2019
With effect from 1 June, Ellen Moors has been appointed a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.




4 July 2019 09:00 - 11 July 2019 17:00
'Selling your Science' is about skills: presenting, negotiating, pitching and persuasion. During this course you will learn to "sell" your science.
Summerschool 2019
8 July 2019 09:00 - 2 August 2019 17:00
During the track 'The Entrepreneurial Side of Business', students will get the chance to learn about different aspects of business and entrepreneurship.
Artist's impression van een groep mensen in een openbare ruimte vol data en cijfers
15 July 2019 09:00 - 26 July 2019 18:00
In this summer school, we investigate how FinTech entrepreneurs can grow in a sustainable manner and how policymakers and regulators can ensure this.