What is a social entrepreneur?

A Social Entrepreneur harnesses innovative ideas to create social change in his or her community. They often use skills from the business world but rather than just measuring their performance in profit, they also take into account the effect their project has on society. A social entrepreneur might turn their idea into a social business which enables their project to become sustainable by making a profit at the same time as creating social change.

Ashoka, one of the leading organisations supporting social entrepreneurship globally, says that social entrepreneurs “are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.”

Tools and tips

How do you go about creating social change? Transparency International produced this Anti- Corruption Kit: 15 Ideas for Young Activists. These are some simple but powerful ideas on how you can create change in your own community.

A Social Entrepreneur harnesses innovative ideas to create social change in his or her community. They often use skills from the business world but rather than just measuring their performance in profit, they also take into account the effect their project has on society.


If you’re looking for inspiration, there are loads of innovative projects already out there that will help you to think like a social entrepreneur.

Take a look at some of the IACC’s previous winners of the Social Entrepreneurs Initiative! They created a web platform to fight fraud in the constructions sector; a tool that engages citizens in the process of national budget creation; an SMS report service to prevent corruption in schools among many others.

You can also check out inspiring stories from other Social Entrepreneur hubs:

– Every year the Schwab Foundation honours 30 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Read their inspiring stories here.
– Have a look at what the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship has to say about social entrepreneurship on its blog.

Some of the most crucial aspects of what you need to know to apply are outlined in the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Applicants for this round of projects should be no more than 35 years old in October 2018. The projects must be implemented in a country where Denmark provides official development assistance (DAC) The list of eligible project countries is found here


  • When will the next competition take place?
    • The call is currently closed. We will share any updates of Social Entrepreneurs Initiative (SEI) through our website, newsletter, and social media channels.

  • In a nutshell, what are we looking for?
    • We seek people who tackle social problems. We are looking for social entrepreneurs from around
      the world to pitch new projects that fight corruption, or boost accountability or integrity on a local,
      national or international level.

  • Am I a social entrepreneur?
    • Social entrepreneurship is a hybrid term that can mean different things to many people. If you have
      idea that focuses on creating change for greater good, or have a positive effect on society, then yes
      you can consider yourself a social entrepreneur and are eligible to apply for this grant.

  • What type of projects are we looking for?
    • We’re looking for social projects that help increase transparency and in some way tackle corruption.
      Projects that have impact related to social, political, economic, service delivery or environmental
      issues. Think how will your project idea affect people’s lives or accelerate a cultural change. We seek

  • Is there an age restriction? And is there a country restriction?
    • Yes. Under 35 years old. This time around, we are looking for young social entrepreneurs so you have to be not older than 35 years old by October 2018. You need to be over 18 years old to apply.

      This call for social entrepreneurs is for people working in countries that receive development aid (official development assistance ODA) from Denmark. So, the country of project implementation needs to be on the country list shown above.

      The list of eligible countries for this call for projects is found here.

  • Can I seek support from an organisation?
    • Yes, you can get support from an organisation, for example an NGO or academic institution pursuing
      a similar goal. Your project can be supported by this organisation, but the grant allocated can only
      contribute to your specific anti-corruption project. If you are receiving help from another
      organisation, tell us all about it in the online form.

  • Can organisations or journalists apply?
    • Yes, journalists or anyone with an idea to create social change can apply. If you are linked to an organisation, please specify the relationship in the application from. Please also state briefly the role the organisation will play in supporting the project, if applicable.

      Age and country rules apply.

  • Can TI national chapters or national contact points apply?
    • Yes. We will accept applications from people employed by Transparency International (TI), TI
      National Chapters or TI national contacts as long as the person responsible is implementing the project is under 35 years old and the implementing country is one that receives ODA from Denmark (see the list of countries above)

  • Already have funds secured?
    • If you have funding already, please be precise and let us know what percentage of the project costs
      are already secured, and what items this will fund.

      Confidentiality and intellectual property: All information submitted in the selection process will
      remain confidential. If any of the information is found to be untrue, the candidate will be eliminated
      from the selection process.