Impact For Investors

For investors, ESEM highlights the various types of financing most commonly sought by social enterprises, as well as the extent to which different financing requests were successful – thus indicating the preferences of social enterprises as well as where additional financing is required.

ESEM data also indicates the extent of the gap between funding requested and secured by social enterprises, serving to quantify the financing gap experienced by social enterprises. Taken together with the identification of specific challenges pertaining to funding access, as well as the types of valuable social and environmental impact created by social enterprises, this data demonstrates to investors how they can best design and align their financing initiatives with the needs of social enterprises. Such insights are essential in order to effectively leverage financing that can drive the sector forward and amplify the impact potential of European social enterprises.

  • “The European Social Enterprise Monitor has been a key tool for us in understanding the challenges and how we can best be helpful in creating solutions to address them. This is what laid the foundations for for’s EUR 20 million Social Innovation Fund, which is supporting leading social enterprise support organisations across Europe to create and scale programmes that provide underserved social entrepreneurs with access to networks, skills, tools and capital.”

    Rowan Barnett Director of EMEA

Explore the ESEM

Explore the National and European-wide reports for 2021-2022

This report builds on the seminal work of the first ESEM 2020-2021 and has impressively scaled from eight to 21 countries in just one year across the EU and the wider European neighbourhood. It provides key data and insights for policy-makers, investors, support organisations, academia and social entrepreneurs themselves.

Explore the National and European-wide reports for 2020-2021

The European Commission is proud to have supported the first inaugural European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM). It serves as a testament to the extent social enterprises already contribute to the European community and how much potential they still have to offer.


In 2020 Euclid Network initiated the European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM) in collaboration with its members and partners.

Meet The Team

Meet the incredible European network of people involved in the European Social Enterprise Monitor project.


Learn more about the ESEM project, its methodology, data usage and how to get involved.

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or if your organisation is not yet part of the consortium, we are open to inquiries about participation from organisations possessing strong, extensive social enterprise networks or (academic) expertise on social enterprise.

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