The Best Place to be a Social Entrepreneur

A valuable snapshot of the current state of the global social entrepreneurship scene, as seen from the ground

This first of its kind research is a collaboration between GSEN, UnLtd, Deutsche Bank and the Thomson Reuters Foundation to discover the best countries to be a social entrepreneur. Our unique poll surveyed 900 experts from 44 of the world’s largest economies. The ranking produced some eye-catching results and offers a brand new insight and comparison into how different locations around the world are performing when it comes to supporting social entrepreneurs.

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View the full ranking and read our chief executive Mark Norbury’s reflections on the findings with a global perspective. Other stories to emerge from the poll include:

  • US named top country for entrepreneurs using business to do good, but public left puzzled – by Pietro Lobardi and Ellen Wulfhorst

While the US, Canada and Britain topped the list of nations best for social entrepreneurs, our poll revealed concerns over a lack of public understanding about this new way of doing business. Is this confusion holding back the sector? View the full story here.

  • Where are women most actively leading social enterprises? – by Alisa Tang and Beh Lih Yi

Women are well represented in leadership roles in social enterprises, according to 68 percent of experts in our poll, but less than half say women are paid the same as men. Read the full story and see which countries are leading the way.

  • Access to funds emerges as a major challenge for business leaders seeking to do good – by Nita Bhalla

India was one of the countries where it was easiest to access investment, coming behind Canada, Singapore, the United States and Belgium. Why is that?


We released the full ranking and full findings from the poll at SOCAP on 15 September 2016. The news made headlines around the world, from the US, to the UK, India, China and Australia, to name a few. This short video captures some of the global media coverage on the poll.