Social Enterpreneurs rise up to solving the most difficult challenges: improving the environment and fixing social issues. However, they are not growing at a sufficient pace to meet the escalating problems. They face triple-pain:
- They are confronted with humanity's worst issues on a day-to-day basis;
- They lack knowledge and support on how to scale beyond the seed stage. Social Enterprises are built to be financially effective and socially transformative, and as a result, they tend to be locally-focused;
- They lack funding. Because funding almost exclusively favours positive results and conservative impact metrics, experimentation in the social sector is not incentivized.
As a result, only 0.5% of startups scale, and most entrepreneurs find it difficult to scale. The impact of a lack of support is great: "nearly 50% of the social entrepreneurs attending the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 reported struggling with burnout and depression".