Meet Our Members

GSEN is the international network for organisations supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs.

Member Features

Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business was born out of the now renowned social business model conceptualised 30 years ago in Bangladesh by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Yunus Social Business – Global Initiatives (YSB) was co-founded in 2011 to support social entrepreneurs on a global scale.

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NPI

NPI (Non-Profit Incubator) is a cluster of intermediary agencies supporting the emerging third sector in China. It was founded in 2006 to address an issue: the non-profit sector had difficulty finding support and resources despite offering services in high demand. NPI created a specialised program, providing support to newly established, early stage civil society organisations, NGOs and social enterprises.

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LifeCo UnLtd South Africa

Since 2009, Lifeco UnLtd South Africa has been finding, funding and supporting passionate people – social upstarts who are delivering sustainable solutions to the country’s social challenges. The organisation is unique in the region: it is the only organisation that works directly with early stage entrepreneurs offering a very different kind of support not previously known in South Africa.

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Global Reach

Our members are supporting social entrepreneurs across six continents.

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Typology

Skills

Skills

Skills-centred members are based around particular models of support provision where the individual social entrepreneur’s skill set is developed, enabling her/him to become the founding initiator of a successful social venture.

Tailor-Made

Tailor-Made

Some members differentiate themselves by the individual approach they adopt in their support. Each entrepreneur will receive a tailor-made support programme specifically developed around her/his needs.

Thematic

Thematic

Theme-focused members are motivated by transforming a particular issue. They provide support tailored to the needs of social entrepreneurs tackling the issue or selected from an underserved group, such as youth, women, or elderly people.

Investment Readiness

Investment Readiness

Several members focus on getting early-stage social entrepreneurs and their ventures to the point where other investors are prepared to invest. This often involves similar activities to other supporters, just with different priorities and intensity levels.

Space

Space

Support of some members is built around space that they provide. This is often accompanied by support programmes inspired by any of these other methodologies but the key idea is that the space encourages peer support to build up.

Ecosystem

Ecosystem

Larger member organisations have grown to become hybrid hubs that provide comprehensive support programmes, permanently innovating, with a range of different types of support methodologies.

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