The report 'Opportunities for the Dutch Social Enterprise Sector', highlighted several barriers for growth. First of all, like in most countries, social enterprise models are relatively unknown and ill understood by the general public. Social impact has traditionally been a non-profit or governmental affair, so there is an inherent distrust of any entrepreneur who tackles a social mission with a business model. Then there is the problem of access to capital. Patient growth capital has been scarcely available thus far. And finally, most importantly, the Dutch government has done very little to support the sector. Forcing social impact entrepreneurs to construct complicated entities to capture their social mission.
Yet change is underway and the glimpses of an emerging movement have become apparent in the last year.