List of social entrepreneurs

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A social entrepreneur is an entrepreneur who works to increase social capital by founding social ventures, including charities, for-profit businesses with social causes, and other non-government organizations. These types of activities are distinct from work of non-operating foundations and philanthropists who provide funding and other support for them.

Notable historical social entrepreneurs[edit]

Notable modern social entrepreneurs[edit]

Name Country Social venture founded Their Focus areas
Ibrahim Abouleish Egypt SEKEM Agriculture
Poonam Ahluwalia United States Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Poverty
Gennady Alferenko Russia Foundation for Social Inventions National relations/Civil diplomacy
Zubaida Bai India AYZH Healthcare
Scott Beale United States Atlas Service Corps U.S./International volunteering
Daniel Ben-Horin United States TechSoup Global Nonprofit support
Charles Best United States DonorsChoose Charitable crowdfunding
Ela Bhatt India Self Employed Women's Association Poverty
Taddy Blecher South Africa CIDA City Campus Education
Heather Brandon United Kingdom UnLtd South Africa Social entrepreneurship
Nand Kishore Chaudhary India Jaipur Rugs Poverty
Thinlas Chorol India Ladakhi Women's Travel Company Tourism
Bill Clinton United States Clinton Foundation Poverty
Vera Cordeiro Brazil Brazil Child Health Health
Ann Cotton United Kingdom Camfed Poverty
Matt Damon United States Water
Matt Flannery United States Kiva Microfunds Poverty, microfinance
Jim Fruchterman United States Benetech Technology
Abraham George India The George Foundation Poverty
Scott Gilmore Canada Building Markets Employment
Scott Harrison United States Charity: Water Water
Catherine Hoke United States Defy Ventures Incarceration and recidivism
Jeffrey Hollender United States Seventh Generation Inc. Environment
Jessica Jackley United States Kiva Microfunds Poverty, microfinance
Sal Khan United States Khan Academy Education
Alan Khazei United States City Year Education
Craig Kielburger Canada Free the Children Human rights
Marc Kielburger Canada Free the Children Human rights
Mohammed Mamdani United Kingdom Sufra Poverty
Nick Martin United States TechChange Education
Blake Mycoskie United States Toms Shoes Poverty
Jacqueline Novogratz United States Acumen Poverty
Jamie Oliver United Kingdom Fifteen Health
Mark Plotkin United States Amazon Conservation Team Environment
Bunker Roy India Barefoot College Education
Willie Smits Indonesia Borneo Orangutan Survival Environment
Piya Sorcar United States TeachAIDS Health, education
Chris Underhill United Kingdom BasicNeeds Health, poverty
Muhammad Yunus Bangladesh Grameen Bank Poverty, microfinance
Anshu Gupta India Goonj (NGO) Clothing, Disaster relief
Christian Vater (social entrepreneur) Germany Deutschland rundet auf Poverty, micro-donation
Hanumappa Sudarshan India Karuna Trust upliftment of the forest dwelling tribes
Fazle Hasan Abed Bangladesh BRAC (NGO) poverty reduction, banking, food security, education, woman empowerment
Bill Gates, Melinda Gates United States Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Education, Healthcare, Ending poverty