Social entrepreneurship and social innovation: are both the same?

Jorge Cunha, Paul Stephen Benneworth

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In the last two decades, a renewed interest on the concepts of social innovation and social entrepreneurship has emerged. In fact, a large body of theoretical developments that occurred in the fields of innovation, territorial development, social economics, and public governance (among others), have emphasised the need to adopt new approaches to new (or emerging) problems, such as: climate change; chronic diseases; increasing inequalities in income distribution; high rates of unemployment (particularly, among young people); the impact of ageing population; and mass urbanisation and social exclusion phenomenon. This paper aims at contributing to these literature by making an attempt to distinguish both concepts: social innovation and social entrepreneurship. For that purpose, the definition of each of these concepts, their main features as well as their major differences are presented. Then, some examples of social innovations are briefly described in order to illustrate that social innovation is a broader concept than social entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2014
Event2nd International Conference on Project Evaluation - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201427 Jun 2014


Conference2nd International Conference on Project Evaluation
CityGuimarães, Portugal


  • METIS-308967
  • IR-94044


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