Third-party funded project

Study "Market-Oriented Social Businesses in Brandenburg – Accounting for of the Existing Entrepreneurship Landscape and Identifying Supportive and Constraining Conditions for Entrepreneurship

Research Department: Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development

IRS Research Topic: Research on Innovation Processes New Social Practices

Project Leader within IRS: Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann

Project Team: Dr. Ariane Sept Dr. Ralph Richter

Consortium: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (Coordination) Social Impact gGmbH

Funding Organization: Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy of the State of Brandenburg

Duration: 03/2020 - 10/2020


Social businesses are increasingly recognised by policy makers, academics, civil society actors and the business sector. In the federal state of Brandenburg, there is a wide range of social businesses. Against this backdrop, the study "Market-Oriented Social Businesses in Brandenburg" seeks to provide the first structured overview of the current state, growth potentials and the need for support of social businesses in Brandenburg. The study commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy focusses on market-oriented business, hence, organisations which generate revenues for social causes by positioning new products and services.


Who pursues social goals if the state withdraws and a purely profit-oriented model doesn’t take hold? A possible answer is: social enterprise. That is, businesses that pursue social goals by entrepreneurial means. Much hope is vested in these in both rural and urban areas. On behalf of the State of Brandenburg, the IRS is currently developing a structured overview of the status and potential for development of social businesses in Brandenburg, as well as of the assistance they require. more info