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Social entrepreneurship (SE) research, despite its popularity, is not defined yet, and no less muddled by parallels drawn with commercial entrepreneurship (CE). Through two questions, “what makes Social Entrepreneurship social and what makes it entrepreneurial,” scholars (Mair & Martí, 2006; Peredo & McLean, 2006) helped decide that SE had both characteristics, and therefore defined it as entrepreneurship with social/non-financial goals (Dees, 1994; Dees & Elias, 1998; Roberts & Woods, 2005; Peredo & McLean, 2006). SE and CE were argued to be different in degree, explicated in terms of where entrepreneurial initiatives sat on the social-commercial goals continuum. This paper posits that CE and SE differ more fundamentally, in sponsor motive.