What is social entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurship means creating an economic activity in response to society's social and environmental needs: access to healthcare, energy and housing, combating long-term unemployment, etc.
As participants in the market economy, social enterprises seek to optimize their economic performance to provide solutions for social and environmental problems that neither the public sector nor the traditional economy have been able to address effectively by themselves.
In short, a social enterprise is
- An economically viable project
- With a social and/or environmental mission
- A limited profit entity
- With participatory governance
Pioneer members of the Social Entrepreneurship Platform in Belgium and France
Marc MOSSALGUE, Coordinator / Communication Manager
A specialist in communication, Marc has dedicated his career to environmental protection and the promotion of alternative energy sources.
To go further with Energie Partagée
Tristan KOCHOYAN, Founder Power :On
A graduate of the business school HEC Paris, Tristan wrote his research thesis on social entrepreneurship and served as president of the NGO Action Pour le Bénin in 2009 and 2010. He founded Power:On to help increase access to electricity for the 1.2 billion people in the world who still live without it.
To go further on Power On
Jay HUDNALL, Director of Ti’éole
As the founder and director of Ti'éole, Jay is a strong believer in the potential of small wind turbines. Over a period of three years, he installed some 50 turbines for the Krugwind company. Later, as a founding member of the Tripalium association, he organized more than two dozen training programs in the manufacture of small wind turbines.
To go further on Ti’éole
Florian GUILLOTTE, European and Innovation Project Manager, Les 7 Vents
As an employee and partner of the SCIC (cooperative community interest company) Les 7 Vents du Cotentin for the past seven years, Florian has developed activities in international cooperation, wind power, hydroelectricity and methanation.
To go further on Les 7 Vents
Yohann DIDIER, Initiator of the APEA project
Originally trained as a biologist, Yohann changed his focus in 2006 with a course in energy management and renewable energy sources. Later that year he joined APEA as an energy advisor, and in 2010 he participated in the founding of SCIC Enercoop Rhône Alpes.
To go on further on Enercoop
Vincent LEGRAND, Managing Director, négaWatt
A physical engineer with a degree from Science Po Paris, Vincent has experience working on sustainable energy policies, implementing an EU project in the Camargue region of southern France and helping various companies define their energy strategies.
To go further on négaWatt
Vincent BERLAIMONT, Administrator ABACweb
In 2007, while working as an IT specialist, Vincent began learning about the problems involved in energy conservation. He became part of the Social and Solidarity Economy in 2012 with the founding of ABACweb.
To go further on ABACweb
Jean Jérôme CALVIER, Manager of the SOLENI Division / Deputy Managing Director, Ulisse
Originally a physical-chemical engineer, Jean-Jérôme held managerial positions in industry for ten years while volunteering in fair trade associations. Recently he received training in the management of a social-solidarity enterprise.
To go further on Soleni
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