Social enterprise in the corona crisis: Reinventing to survive
Andreas Heinecke, founder and CEO Dialoghaus Hamburg gGmbH. Copyright: Steffen Baraniak
Shortly before its 20th-anniversary celebration on April 1, 2020, the Dialoghaus in Hamburg had to close for an uncertain period. While some other companies have already been able to resume operations, the future of a place of encounter such as the “Dialogue in the Dark” is not foreseeable. Entrance fees primarily finance the social enterprise. The fixed costs are high.
The founder, EBS Honorary Professor Dr. Andreas Heinecke, has repeatedly been quoted in the media (see e.g. Report Mainz or ZEIT) drawing attention to the precarious situation of social enterprises in the COVID-19 crisis. Not without success. Some financial aid programmes have been made available to non-profit social enterprises.
It remains to be seen whether the adapted measures will take effect and help financially sound social enterprises through the crisis. On the one hand, actors in the social entrepreneurship sector question whether loans are the right instrument for non-profit enterprises with limited financial reserves. On the other hand, much has changed with the outbreak of the virus. Many entrepreneurs like Andreas Heinecke would like to know what remains, what turns back, what is still to come. “brand eins” published a very personal portrait in its August edition.