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Defourny and Nyssens (2008) point out that the term “social entrepreneur” and “social enterprise” has a conceptual diversity. While American foundations and organizations, like Ashoka from the mid-1990s focus on the people behind a social enterprise (social entrepreneurs), European researchers focus more on the organizations (social enterprise). One of the most citied definitions of the social entrepreneur comes from Dees (1998) who states that: “Social entrepreneurs play the role of change agents in the social sector, by: • Adopting a mission to create and sustain social value (not just private value), • Recognizing and relentlessly pursuing new opportunities to serve that mission, • Engaging in a process of continuous innovation, adaptation, and learning, • Acting boldly without being limited by resources currently in hand, and • Exhibiting heightened accountability to the constituencies served and for the outcomes created.“ (p. 4.)

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