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Global Social Entrepreneurship Network Our mission is to enable support organisations around the world to become increasingly sustainable and effective in helping more social entrepreneurs start and thrive.



GSEN is the global network for organisations supporting early stage social entrepreneurs. Like no other network, the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) gathers expert organisations active in more than 50 countries across the globe, supporting social entrepreneurs with a range of approaches.

We bring organisations together to understand and share what works in supporting social entrepreneurs. We create a strong community of practice based on evidence backed quality standards. As a result, GSEN members become more efficient in providing higher quality support to social entrepreneurs. They are also able to support more of them to start up, grow and create sustainable social impact.

It’s estimated that around 10,000,000 people in the world start a social venture each year, but only a small percentage of them are able to access the support they need. Globally, support for these start-up social enterprises is emerging and experimental. Support organisations don’t want to spend resources on reinventing new methods, but want to learn from others.

We are a collaborative, peer-to-peer network connecting member organisations and resources around the world to foster a better support ecosystem for social entrepreneurs, especially those at early stages. We create a space for invaluable learning and knowledge exchange; building a community based on cooperation and trust.



  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Culture, Handicrafts
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Distribution / Supply Chain
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing, Shelter, Homelessness
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Other
  • Peace and Security
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Tech
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Web, SaaS, Online Tech
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Global
  • India
  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • Oceania
  • Southeast Asia
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • US, Canada


  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid