In the past few years, hundreds of social enterprises were established and millions of dollars were invested or loaned to social enterprises. Obviously, the concept of social enterprises is gradually accepted by entrepreneurs, investors, bankers and so on. Therefore, the main current policy and measures aim to help social enterprise realize market opportunities and facilitate the social innovation through government procurement.
Help social enterprises realize market opportunities through the government procurement.
- Social Enterprise Registration
If a company has its social mission and would like to solve social or environment issues with its innovations, such company is able to apply for registration as a Social Enterprises. Those companies who meet the eligibility requirements will be listed on the Youth Startup website (https://sme.moeasmea.gov.tw/startup/modules/se/mod_case/) sponsored by SMEA (hereafter referred as listed social enterprises) and information regarding their social mission, products and services, and social impacts etc. will be disclosed to the public.
- Government procurement competition
Since 2017, SMEA holds a competition called “Buying power—social innovative products and services procurement awards event” each year. Government agencies, government-owned companies and private companies or associations, who purchase products and services provided by listed social enterprises, are qualified to participate in this competition. Those whose total amount of procurements counts over 1 million NT dollars will be awarded first prize.
- Inter-entity supply contracts
Based on the article 93 of Government Procurement Act which prescribes that a government agency may execute an inter-entity supply contract with a supplier for the supply of products or services that are commonly needed by government agencies, public schools or government-owned enterprises, in 2018, SMEA initiated inter-entity supply contracts with listed social enterprises to offer two kinds of professional learning courses, including social innovation services (ex: care at home, including accompanying to medical appointments, advice and guidance on health care etc.) and multiple experience programs (ex: agriculture experience program, cooking DIY program etc.) that are commonly needed by government agencies, public schools or government-owned enterprises.
 https://sme.moeasmea.gov.tw/startup/modules/se/mod_bp/ (last visited on 5 March 2018).
Those whose total amount of procurements counts over 1 million NT dollars will be awarded first prize.
https://sme.moeasmea.gov.tw/startup/modules/se/mod_bp/ (last visited on 5 March 2018).