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The Hague, 22 November – EN is excited to announce the official launch of the Call for Nominations for the second edition of the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative. Join us in celebrating achievements of women leaders by nominating someone who inspires you. The selected candidates will be featured on the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise book, highlighting their journeys and the positive impact they created.

For almost 15 years, Euclid Network (EN) fosters social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Europe through knowledge exchange, capacity building, networking and international advocacy. EN combines the expertise from 21 European countries to empower social enterprises in achieving positive change. 

In the spirit of empowering women leaders in Europe, EN launched the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative in 2020. Through this initiative EN celebrates women in the social enterprise sector, spotlighting their impact journey and achievements, connecting them to learn from and inspire each other. You can learn more about the project’s inaugural year and find last year’s Top 100 Women List HERE.

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This year’s selected candidates will be featured in the Euclid Network Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2022 list, which will be released on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2022. Candidates will also be featured in Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2022, highlighting their achievements and will be celebrated with an award ceremony at EN’s Impact Summit taking place on the 23rd-24th of March 2022. 

Nomination Criteria

This initiative will celebrate women leaders in two categories: 

  1.     Social Entrepreneur 
  2.     Social Innovator 

All candidates must meet (some of) the following criteria: 

  •     A woman holding a leadership position (CEO, manager, director, founder etc.)
  •     Must work in the social enterprise* ecosystem in the European continent
  •     Shows personal commitment, resilience, engagement and is impact-oriented.

The following criteria are specific to each category:

  1.     Social Entrepreneur 

 For women entrepreneurs employed and holding a leading position in a for-profit, non-profit or hybrid organisation in a social enterprise. Their work has demonstrated significant social and/or environmental impact in the past year, preferably addressing one or more of the UN SDGs.They have achieved remarkable results and impact in the social enterprise ecosystem and are driven by innovation and positive change. 

They go beyond the expectations of their job role and have shown innovation in their work. They accordingly have received formal recognition for their leadership.  [1]  

  1.     Social Innovator 

For public and private social women intrapreneurs, leaders of intermediaries such as social incubators and national networks of social enterprise and academics. Public social intrapreneurs may work at regional, national, supranational, or international level. Social innovators have demonstrated significant impact in the past year, with an explicit mission to solve a social and/or environmental challenge and achieve the UN SDGs. The business model of their organisation is accordingly resilient, realistic and impact-oriented.  

*We understand social enterprises as enterprises with the following characteristics:

  •     The enterprise has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents.
  •     The enterprise is independent and generates revenue through trading activities.
  •     The enterprise sees profit as a means, not an end goal.
  •     The enterprise is governed and owned in the interest of the social or environmental mission.
  •     The enterprise is transparent about how it operates and the impact it makes. 

Get Involved

If you would like to know more about Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise or become a partner of the initiative, do not hesitate to reach out!

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