Center of excellence

VUB Social entrepreneurship wants to become a centre of excellence for social entrepreneurship. They support social entrepreneurs in their ambition to develop entrepreneurial and innovative business models to solve the sustainability issues of our society. They want to achieve this by developing an interdisciplinary network.

The Chair

Since 2015, the VUB Chair of Social entrepreneurship has been delving into social entrepreneurship research and creating different opportunities to support social entrepreneurs at VUB, Belgium and abroad. In terms of research, for example, topics of interest have been the most efficient business models for enterprises or the support ecosystem for social entrepreneurs. 

Enforce the researchteam

Make a difference as a social entrepreneur with the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge!

You are creative, social and enterprising. Ideally, you will combine all these strengths to offer sustainable solutions for the world. Check, check, double check? Then the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is for you!

The Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (SEC) is an initiative of the VUB that brings together the academic and business worlds. Its mission is to become a centre of excellence for social entrepreneurship. To succeed in that mission, the project wants to build as many networks and ecosystems as possible to support social entrepreneurs. Your project can therefore be an important addition to that network!

During the project, you will look for sustainable business models for social entrepreneurship. In concrete terms, you will work out a project around a sustainable theme for three months. During this period, you can attend workshops, you can network with other social entrepreneurs and you can count on personalised coaching. That support can help you in your social project to achieve sustainability. The goal of the project is to create a progressive society through as many social projects as possible. So your project can make the difference! Do not hesitate and submit your idea to SEC! In this way you too can contribute to the creation of a more beautiful world for everyone!


You are...
  • A VUB student who likes to set up a sustainable project
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Enterprising
  • Social
You have...
  • A passion for social entrepreneurship
What's in it for you?
  • You contribute to a better world
  • Personal support and coaching for your project


Become a social entrepreneur thanks to ELANET! 

Are you a VUB-student who wants to start up a social project? Would you like to be part of an international network? Are you still looking for support? Then ELANET is something for you! 

The European Latin American Network to Support Social Entrepreneurs (ELANET) is an international three-year project of Erasmus+. Together with its partner institutions from Europe and Latin America, the VUB wants to offer support through this online IT platform to all VUB students who want to set up a social project. ELANET offers you all existing tools, resources and coaching material to steer your idea in the best possible direction. This way, your socially important project can succeed and you can make a significant difference!  

Specifically, ELANAET's ambition is to connect all social entrepreneurs and supporting organisations. In this way, the IT platform creates a network as large as possible. As a member of that network, you can count on support and inspiration for your projects, and you also give that to other projects.  ELANET provides the tools and knowledge you need. It also brings together partners who want to join forces with the VUB to support your project. In addition, the international dimension of the project maximises the exchange of best practices between different countries. To make the project a success, ELANET is constantly looking for the most inspiring social entrepreneurs. So, do you have a social project that could use some support? Then your ideas, suggestions and cases are more than welcome. Thanks to ELANET, you can contribute to a more beautiful world together with other social entrepreneurs. So don't hesitate and share your inspiring case with ELANET! 


You are... 
  • A VUB student who would like to start a social project and needs support for this. 
You have... 
  • An idea, suggestion or case with which you want to make a social difference 
  • A good knowledge of English 
What's in it for you? 
  • You will be part of an international network 
  • You contribute to a more beautiful world 
  • Tailored support 


Contact details

Projectleader: Nikolay Dentchev 


TEL: 0477917121

*As an Urban Engaged University, we call upon our VUB community to help build a better world through social engagement. On the "The World Needs You" platform, the VUB collects socially meaningful projects on which students, staff, alumni and sympathisers can collaborate. These projects do not represent the university. The initiatives and communication are the responsibility of the project organisers and do not represent the university's position.