Boosting social and community-driven entrepreneurship for the transition to an inclusive and sustainable society



Welcome to Scentiss. We are a Dutch research consortium working on scaling strategies and strong ecosystems for social and community-driven entrepreneurs (SCEs).   


It is our firm belief that social entrepreneurship and community-driven initiatives and collectives can make essential contributions to the realization of societal transitions such as the energy transition and system change in local care. But we also already identified a lot of impediments to scaling of SCE practices and innovations. On our project website, we will keep you posted on the progress of Scentiss. 




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Innovative solutions

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Nederland Zorgt voor Elkaar

National network for welfare, housing and care

Nederland Zorgt Voor Elkaar is the Dutch national network of local initiatives in welfare, housing and care.

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Kick off


It's been a while, but Scentiss was officially launched on 27 January, 2023. We kicked off with the full consortium in Utrecht.

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‘Showing your net positive impact is key for social and community enterprises. But how to measure this? Increased uniformity could boost impact measurement practices.’

Maarten Hogenstijn

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

‘The rise of social entrepreneurship is as much about new ways to do business as it is about breaking old business habits.’

Martijn Arnoldus

Social Finance Matters and Utrecht University

‘In Scentiss, we are investigating how impact measurement allows social and community entrepreneurship initiatives to show their heart and enables a continuous improvement process.’

Sergio Espana Cubillo

Utrecht University

‘Social enterprises and government procurement are a match made in heaven, but not yet in practice. More selective and sustainable purchasing are needed to reduce the existing gap.’

Fredo Schotanus

Utrecht University