Introduction. Nowadays, social entrepreneurship represents an ascendant topic of interest for academics, authorities and individuals. Thus, it may be perceived as a responsible business approach with significant contribution to a country’s social and economic growth, especially for developing countries.
Aim of the study. Therefore, the aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of the current stage of social entrepreneurship in Romania by presenting key aspects related to the notion and its evolution, emphasizing also on the positive steps made towards developing an applicability of the concept. The research methodology was based on the collection and analysis of secondary data, respectively scientific articles, and relevant websites and books for the subject. Findings revealed the fact that social entrepreneurship in Romania is still in a transitional period, struggling between its totalitarian communist past and the present guided by the partnership established with the European Union, to evolve, learn, develop and grow as a country. Furthermore, Romania currently presents mostly traditional form of social entrepreneurship such as associations and foundations. Moreover, even in this situation with several pressuring social issues, Romania manages to slowly progress, and three important Romanian social enterprises have been presented as best practices in
this paper to sustain the progression.