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Social entrepreneurship and social business are presented and discussed in many places online. Following are just a small set of useful references.

Foundations

The Skoll Fundation www.skollfoundation.org

The Skoll foundation benefits communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs. The Foundation has awards programs and presents their recipients on its website.

The Schwab Foundation | www.schwabfound.org

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of social business.

Ashoka | www.ashoka.org

Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with innovative and practical ideas for solving social challenges.

Grameen Foundation | www.grameenfoundation.org

The Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest, especially women, gain access to financial services, life-changing information and unique business opportunities.

NEF | http://www.neweconomics.org/

The new economics foundation is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

Networks and websites

Technet | www.technet-berlin.de

A network of people engaged in regional and local development in technology, employment and development (in German).

EMES | www.emes.net

A network of researchers and graduate students on social enterpreneurship.

SE Mark | www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk

A quality label for Scottish social enterprises.

Scottish Voluntary Code of practice | www.se-code.net

A code of practice for social enterprises.

Le Mat | www.lemat.coop

A social brand to promote social tourism.

RIPESS | www.ripesseu.net

RIPESS Europe – Economy Solidarity Europe has as goal to exchange practices and to be committed to common actions that can broaden and improve the visibility of Social and Solidarity Economy.

SENSCOT | http://senscot.net/

Senscot builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective.

SEUK | http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/

Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. 

European Network | http://european-network.de/englisch/aims.htm

European Network for Economic Self-Help and Local Development.

Locality http://locality.org.uk/

Locality is the leading nationwide (UK) network for community-led organisations.

Social Audit Network | http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors.

SROI Network | http://www.thesroinetwork.org/

SROI Network is a leading international social enterprise, owned by our members with the aim of changing the way society accounts for value.

SKS Scotland | http://www.sksscotland.co.uk/our-services-2/the-social-enterprise-toolkit-is-it-for-you/

The Social Enterprise Toolkit and Mentor Service.

Social Enterprise Network | http://socialenterprise.guardian.co.uk/

The Guardian supports the aim of enterprises that want to have a positive social impact and shares the open and collaborative approach to business that is displayed throughout the social enterprise sector.

European Commission | http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/social_business/index_en.htm

Page of the European Commission on Social Entrepreneurship.

Huffington Post | http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/social-entrepreneurship/

Page by the Huffington Post on Social Entrepreneurship.

FYSE | http://www.fyse.org/

FYSE has been working with partners across Asia to empower social entrepreneurs to achieve their utmost impact. They develop innovative solutions that enable social entrepreneurs to effectively tackle our society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges while expanding their businesses and creating jobs.

Awards

The Global Social Venture Competition | www.gsvc.org

GSVC is the biggest wolrdwide competition of social busines planning, and it is organized by national chapters.

Brookes University Social Entrepreneurship Award | http://www.brookes.ac.uk/business-and-employers/social-entrepreneur-awards/

An award for social entrepreneurs from Brookes University, UK.

Projects

CEST  | www.cest-transfer.de

A transfer project in the field of Local Social Economy.

CONSCISE  Project | http://www.malcolmread.co.uk/conscise/entry.htm

Results of the project about Social Enterprise, Social Economy and Social Capital.

Piloting Social Enterprising concept in Macedonia | http://socijalnopretprijatie.org.mk/

The main motives behind the project were to facilitate the development and the implementation of the social enterprising concept in Macedonia by bringing the World experiences and more specifically the UK expertise for the issue.