Fit for Social Entrepreneurs

The project "Fit for Social Entrepreneurs" is aimed at regional start-up consultants, chambers of industry and commerce, innovation and start-up centers, start-up consulting at universities and business development agencies.


The intention behind the project is to anchor the topic of social entrepreneurship more firmly in the consulting and support landscape in Germany, in order to ensure that in the future founders will find an informed contact person and advice in their region.

Impact-driven founders are often faced with the challenge of finding tailored programmes and information on funding opportunities, contact persons and legal particularities. The planned measures are intended to give the first contact points for founders an in-depth introduction to the topic of social entrepreneurship with the aim of improving the advice given to Social Entrepreneurs and encouraging the provision of new support services.

The catalogue of measures contains:

  • A handbook (German) on concrete steps of action with detailed information for start-up advisors. For an adequate counselling of Social Entrepreneurs, the handbook also contains best practices with advice for specific needs (e.g. impact model, financing).
  • A website (in German only)as a central platform that offers an overview of available information and resources on topics such as funding opportunities, support organizations and best practices.
  • One-day workshops in which the participants gain deeper insights into the topic and also have the opportunity to consolidate what they have learned in practical exercises. Furthermore they can network with multipliers from their own region. Information on the dates offered can be found on the project's website.

Before the start of this project, a whitepaper has been published, providing start-up consultants with a practical overview of the particularities of impact-oriented business start-ups and the resulting special needs in the seed and post-foundation phase, especially when it comes to questions about financing, legal form, impact or taxes.

The whitepaper was developed in cooperation between the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND), KfW Stiftung, RKW Kompetenzzentrum, the Federal Association of German Centers for Innovation, Technology and Start-ups as well as the University of Trier.


The basics of Social Entrepreneurs start-up consulting in an interactive online workshop.

Within the project, a workshop concept was developed with the partners Impact Hub Ruhr and Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany. Target group are:

  • Start-up consultants (e.g. from the municipal business development, the IHK, or cooperative associations)
  • Employees of start-up offices at universities or technology, innovation or start-up centers
  • Employees of business development or ministries of economics
  • Employees of private accelerators or incubators
  • Business Development Banks

An insight into the world of Social Entrepreneurship is provided. The participants receive impulses and suggestions for dealing with Social Entrepreneurs in the consultancy process and are given concrete working tools. Previous knowledge on the topic of Social Entrepreneurship is not required. 


  • Introduction to the basics of Social Entrepreneurship
  • The ecosystem in Germany
  • Impact in Social Enterprises
  • Business models of Social Enterprises
  • Legal forms of Social Enterprises
  • Start-up Financing for Social Enterprises

The currently planned workshop dates can be found here on the project website.

Programme Management

Dr. Aischa Astou Saw

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