Anatomy of a Social Entrepreneur

Do you have a social conscience? And economic intuition? And you thought several times that it would be really cool to combine both … well, probably you should seriously consider becoming a social entrepreneur.  See the anatomy below, does it fit to you? If so, the moment of a radical change in your life has arrived!!!

Anatomy of a Social Entrepreneur

Economic Intelligence

They are able to foresee new opportunities associated with a social problem, such as finding work for disadvantaged people, empowering people in need, fighting systemic poverty and organized crime, and to create new, financially sustainable businesses.

Socially Motivated

Their main objective, and motivational driver, is addressing social issues through market-based solutions. People and their fundamental needs are at center stage, while money and profits are just a means to achieving what really matters: improving people’s lives.


Social entrepreneurship means dealing with complex, turbulent and uncertain environments. Social entrepreneurscan make very difficult decisions to overcome apparently insurmountable problems. They are often alone fighting against a whole system, and courage is absolutely indispensable.

Quick and Alternative

They see and think about things in a different way: reality is multi-dimensional, business is more than “just profit,” perennial social problems can be business opportunities, people can be much better off than is generally thought. What matters is how you (want to) look at things.

Are you a potential Social Entrepreneur? Don’t miss the opportunity to explore our Social Platform, it will facilitate the contact between members of IESE community and the support you need in your social project.

About Antonino Vaccaro

Antonino Vaccaro is an Associate Professor of the Department of Business Ethics and of IESE's Negotiation Unit. He is also the Academic Director of the Center for Business in Society and of the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship platform. In addition, he serves as the Academic Director in various IESE's custom programs for multinational companies and educational institutions.

3 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Social Entrepreneur

  1. Good post and infographic.
    Yes, I think calculated risk taking or having “courage” is a very vital characteristic of the social entrepreneurs. Moreover, having an internal locus of control would add a great potential to the social entrepreneur. Thank you for sharing your post.

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