Efeseiis social entrepreneurship

Action Research

for CO-development

A research project for the development of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises

Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Society (EFESEIIS)

Location: Europe

Duration: December 2013 – December 2016

Partnership and framework: The EFESSEIS project and its eleven research partners received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (grant agreement no. 613179)


Social enterprises are seen as creating employment opportunities and satisfying the growing need for social services in a context of decreasing public spending . As a consequence, social enterprises have received a great deal of attention in Europe in recent years, as many countries are interested in finding out the best methods to promote their establishment and success.

General objective

The ultimate goal of the project was to enable individuals and organizations to fully understand the conditions under which social enterprises start, flourish, and solve societal challenges in a sustainable way.

The partnership featured a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers, financial organisations, enterprises, local authorities, and individuals.  It analysed a great amount of data from ten European countries.

What we did

 ARCO was in charge of coordinating all activities associated with the project. ARCO was also directly in charge of the “Survew and Interviews to social entrepreneurs” actity. This involved performing the following tasks:

  • Designing a survey involving 1100 social enterprises
  • Organising and conducting a laboratory experiment at the University of Florence involving 74 for profit and social entrepreneurs
  • Data collection and analysis

ARCO was also in charge of defining  an “Enabling Eco-System.” This was done by performing the following tasks:

  • Reviewing and analyzing the literature
  • Creating an analytical framework — based on the capability approach of Amartya Sen — that explores the relationship between Social Enterprises and the ecosystem
  • Creating a matrix and defining four main ecosystems
  • Policy recommendations

For more information please visit: http://www.fp7-efeseiis.eu/