A Social Enterprise is a venture that uses business methods and market- based strategies to achieve its social mission. Rather than maximizing shareholder value, the primary aim of social enterprises is to generate profit to further their social or environmental goals. With social enterprises, business is viewed as the vehicle for social change. Profit is viewed as a means and not a primary goal.
Social enterprises are launched by those who want to improve the common good and solve a social problem in a new, more lasting and effective way than traditional approaches.