Poll: Should we differentiate between ‘social entrepreneurs’ and ‘other’ entrepreneurs?


This week we ask for your opinion on a pressing question: is there a need to differentiate between ‘social entrepreneurs’ and ‘other’ entrepreneurs? Add your answers to our poll and join the discussion.


More and more is being written and said about ‘social entrepreneurship’. There is a lot of debate about definitions and boundaries. Here’s for example Wikipedia’s take:

Social entrepreneurship means identifying or recognizing a social problem and using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a social venture to achieve a desired social change. Business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, but social entrepreneurs also take into account a positive return to society.”

At Venture Capital for Africa we’re curious to spark the debate on social entrepreneurship among entrepreneurs and investors doing business in Africa. Some say social goals should get more attention as a guidance for business decisions. Others stress you don’t have to be a ‘social entrepreneur’ to have a positive impact. What do you think? Should we differentiate between ‘social entrepreneurs’ and other entrepreneurs?

What are your experiences? What do you see as good and bad examples? Add your answers to our poll. And also feel free to react below in the comments.