Boosting Social Enterprise Development

Good Practice Compendium

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Social enterprises are long-standing agents of inclusive growth and democratisation of the economic and social spheres, and they have proved resilient to economic adversity all the while addressing socio-economic challenges in innovative ways, re-integrating people back to the labour market, and contributing to overall social cohesion. This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access, and support structures, to education and skills.

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Alter'Incub: A regional incubator, France

Alter’Incub is the first regional incubator driving the creation of social enterprises in France. It develops a multi-stakeholder response to unmet local needs and establishes an enabling the ecosystem for social enterprises. This chapter presents the objectives and rationale behind Alter’Incub’s creation, along with its main activities and impact. It discusses the challenges faced when implementing the support structure, the lessons learnt and the conditions for transferring this approach to other contexts.


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