March 8, 2023 — On the International Women’s Day, Euclid Network (EN) reveals the anticipated Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2023 List featuring women leaders in social entrepreneurship and innovation.
EN’s second annual list honours women trailblazers who are helping to shape the European social enterprise ecosystem and leading it into the mainstream. The list is based on more than 900 answers from an open nomination call and an assessment by our esteemed jury, as part of the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative.
The featured women stood out as having implemented creative and sustainable solutions to create significant positive social and/or environmental impact. They demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and commitment by going beyond their role and inspiring others to channel their potential.
The recognition is not a ranking but rather a list of those who have shone for their innovative approaches and the scape of impact created. Explore the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise List below, get inspired by innovative solutions and join us in celebrating the achievements of women trailblazers.
Top 100 Women In Social Enterprise 2023
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Occupation: Founder and owner of We are all Builders
Reconciling job seekers with opportunities in the construction industry
Occupation: Founder & CEO of Grow Together Germany and Family Playdates
Award-winning social innovator for connecting people across cultures with the aim of building peaceful societies.
Occupation: Senior Researcher, Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS
Policy analyst and legal advisor working at a leading policy centre in Latvia - Centre for public policy PROVIDUS
Occupation: Executive Secretary of Ripess
Specialised in strategic management, advocacy and effective communication, she has been fighting for the social and labour inclusion of people in vulnerable situations, as well as for gender equality and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda
Occupation: Director of Knowledge and Programs, EVPA
Accelerating impact by focusing on building partnerships with other networks and relevant actors, sharing learning and good practices, breaking silos, and facilitating the creation and the exchange of knowledge.
Occupation: General Manager Planete Urgence NGO
Passionate about bringing concrete solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable world, and specifically for the benefice of forest preservation and restoration.
Occupation: Founder and manager of AdniJóga
Budapest-based mental and physical health social enterprise that aims to use yoga as a tool to build resilience and community amongst vulnerable group
Occupation: Founder of Sofie
On a mission to change the lives of 100 million Europeans to improve their financial health and support a greener life.
Occupation: Co-founder, Partner in SkillLab
A social enterprise that connects people with jobs and education to provide equal opportunities for all. Her focus is on empowering women, youth, and marginalized job seekers to turn their skills into meaningful careers.
Occupation: Partner and socio-environmental expert in WE&B
Partner and consultant at Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B) as an expert in the field of socio-environmental studies. By way of a cross-disciplinary focus, WE&B integrates social and business systems to solve complex environmental problems.
Occupation: Co-founder and Director of Programs, Impact Hub Ankara
Providing mentorship, jury, board and advisory functions in various social entrepreneurship and social innovation-related programs and networks
Occupation: Founder & CEO at Blum Company Builder
Company Builder for Impact that builds social businesses for disadvantaged women
Occupation: CEO & founder of Manita
Camille created Manita to make football accessible to every women, regardless of their age, their culture, and their level of play.
Carmen van der Vecht
Occupation: Founder, Creative Director of Rambler Studios
Industrial Designer and Photographer, Carmen founded Rambler in 2007 after portraying lots of young people living on the streets in cities such as London, São Paulo, and Amsterdam.
Occupation: Secretary General of Assifero and Vice-President of Philea – Philanthropy Europe Association
She is an Italian lawyer specialized in human rights
Occupation: CEO of Optic for Good
Recycling sector for optics and eyewear in addition to raising awareness of ecology for everyone.
Occupation: Executive Director of Mouvement Impact France
Achieved several significant political and legislative victories on issues such as gender equality at work, climate transition, social impact, and support for tech for good.
Occupation: Founder and CEO of The Good Habits
The first community app for positive support towards sustainability
Catarina Rodrigues Marques
Occupation: CEO of MOVE
A non-governmental organization for the development, that empowers entrepreneurs in communities of São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor and Azores (Portugal), seeking to make a world where ideas and work have a fair return.
Occupation: Founder and CEO of EKUI
Special education teacher, University professor and researcher since
Occupation: Co-founder & CEO Black Light
She is the co-founder and CEO of Black Light Social Enterprise and secretary of the Board at the NGO ‘Reading to the Others'.
Occupation: Advisor Board and Strategical Manager in Human Power Hub – Social Innovation Center, Municipality of Braga
Sociologist contributing to social cohesion in the city of Braga.
Corine Van de Burgt
Occupation: Board member foundation De Omslag, Amsterdam and President ENSIE, Brussels
Working with vulnerable people to improve their access to the workforce.
Occupation: Adirelounge CEO
Multi-award-winning textile designer who has grown her business, Adirelounge transforming agricultural waste to sustainable products while also empowering artisans and farmers in underserved communities.
Deandra E. Anderson
Occupation: Co-founder; Portfolio & Project Manager Ebb & Flow Keg GmbH
Circular wine distribution company to address the biggest problem plaguing the wine industry – single-use glass bottles.
Diana Cristancho Díaz
Occupation: Founder of FARO Migrants et Réfugiés
An educational platform about international migrations and socioeconomic inclusion for youth in France.
Occupation: Co-founder & CEO of NewDoor – International Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation platform
The first social entrepreneurship accelerator in the Baltic States
Occupation: Co-founder & CEO, imagi
Dora is co-founder and CEO of imagi, an ed-tech company helping build the tech workforce of the future through an inclusive and creative approach to learning to code.
Dr. Katharina Reuter
Occupation: CEO Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft BNW e.V.
Works to give a voice to the sustainable and social business
Elena Parras Durán
Occupation: Founder and CEO at 55+
An advocate of equal opportunities for people’s well-being and passionate about Social Entrepreneurship, she founded 55+ to recognize the value of those who have a lifetime of experience to offer to their community.
Occupation: CEO & Founder Go Potty
On a mission to protect the planet against the devastating environmental impact of disposable diapers.
Elisangela Lima de Souza
Occupation: Founder and CEO IDE Social Hub Country: Portugal
The first black Brazilian to found a Startup of social impact - IDE Social Hub, which aims to promote Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the tech & digital areas
Occupation: CEO & co-founder of Hacking Talents
Digital platform that enables HR to distribute concrete evolutionary experiences to the whole workforce
Flora Vidal Marron
Occupation: Founder & Director Weavers
Trains and facilitates the recruitment of exiled people in Lyon, Grenoble, Annecy and Paris in France.
Occupation: Co-Founder, Recipes for Wellbeing and Co-Founder, ChangemakerXchange
A changemaker involved in multiple not-for-profit initiatives
Occupation: Co-founder of Needs Map, IDEMA and Inogar Coop
Güler is one of the co-founders of “Needs Map” which is an online platform where people in need meet the people who want to support and make a difference in their neighborhood.
Occupation: Onset Founder & CEO
A web and mobile smart matching application that allows creators to target the right team of talents, and artists & technicians to receive job offers and collaborations that match their profile in a targeted way.
Occupation: Founder & CEO at WoW University, NGO.
Visionary Entrepreneur, Speaker, EQ Development Professional
Occupation: Owner & Founder of Sonido
Helping entrepreneurs find more collaborative opportunities and develop business in Latvia and beyond
Ingrid Eelde Koivisto
Occupation: Founder and Secretary General at Pratham Sweden and PhD Student at the Stockholm School of Economics
Swedish chapter of the Indian education-oriented NGO Pratham Education Foundation
Occupation: Serial social entrepreneur; Founder of JUMP, Solutions for Equity at Work
Key opinion leader and Social entrepreneur in employment, gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Impact Innovator
Passionate about empowering individuals of all backgrounds to create innovative and impactful enterprises.
Occupation: CEO of Clap Productions Company based in Mayotte
Using broadcasting as a service for public interest and as a strong tool to rewrite a collective narrative for human and societal improvement, with a main area of focus around youth and women.
Occupation: Management Board Member, ACT Group
Creator and supporter of incubation programs for the development of social and community-based services.
Occupation: Co-Founder, CEO - The Newsroom
On a mission to fight misinformation and break filter bubbles in the news
Occupation: Programme Coordinator at Native Scientists
Committed to improving educational opportunities and reducing inequalities through her work
Occupation: Project Lead for Social Enterprise UK, eBay for Change Membership & Monitoring Lead, BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK and Director, All's Fair Tours Ltd
Passionate about finding routes to market for marginalised producers and supporting poverty reduction through employment and trade.
Julia Lena Laganà
Occupation: Head of legal at NewStarters
Fully qualified lawyer taking care of legal issues at NewStarters and supporting the General Manager in his decision-making process.
Occupation: Co-founder & COO of Bridge for Billions
On a mission to equalize access to entrepreneurship globally and make the ecosystems more inclusive and diverse
Occupation: Founder & Owner Fair Fabrics
Building bridges between designers, brands and international artisan workshops through traditional crafts and contemporary design. With transparent and direct collaborations, she and her team develop a distinctive and respectful collection of interior items such as rugs, blankets and cushions.
Occupation: Professor of Social Business, Co-Director EBS Impact Institute, Vice Dean Research
Her research focuses on Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cross-sector Social Partnerships, and Management of Nonprofit Organizations.
Occupation: Co-Founder/Learning Experience & Outreach, Fructify Network
A system changer and challenger, with diverse experience (previously working in government,NGOs, and private sector). I have been active in social impact, sustainable development and social innovation for over a decade
Occupation: CEO and Founder of Centre of Hippotherapy Mirakl
Achieving incredible results in the development of kids with special needs and helping them achieve their maximum potential.
Occupation: CEO of Wasser 3.0
Developing application-based and sustainable solutions for the detection, removal, and reuse of microplastics and micropollutants from waters
Occupation: Executive Director, Social Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)
An experienced impact-driven leader in the field of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Occupation: Chief Market Development Officer at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG)
She helps drive capital towards impact in 70 countries, advising governments, financial institutions, and others on how to accelerate capital flows to benefit people and planet.
Occupation: Operations and program manager at Social Enterprise NL
Striving towards a better ecosystem for social enterprises by engaging stakeholders such as funders, corporates and governments.
Occupation: Founder, Purpose Club
Facilitates the transformation of companies into purpose-driven organisations through workshops, programs and leadership coaching
Liliana Tavares de Carvalho e Cunha
Occupation: Founder & President of Turn On Success
Attentive and committed citizen, Social Entrepreneur
Occupation: Director, Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI)
Recognised expert in the social enterprise sector, with extensive strategy, project delivery and social enterprise mapping skills
Lucia Gonzalez Navarrete
Occupation: Founder at NATIVES
Working in different projects connected to innovation both for private and public organisations
Luciana Delle Donne
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Made In Carcere
Her mission is to involve people in detention to rebuild new identities and awareness, in the fields of social inclusion and environmental impact. Not only in prison but also "inside-out".
Occupation: Managing Director of WISH (Women in Social Housing) CIC
A UK community-based network for females working across the broad spectrum of industries aligned to housing in the UK.
Occupation: Founder - Evolet Silk
Promoting the Art of young women artists in the form of exceptional quality and aesthetic silk scarves, targeted to niche markets of buyers and collectors worldwide.
Occupation: Co-Founder & Creative Director, sister*hood Vienna
Co-founder of sister*hood vienna, an interior design brand with a social impact mission. Together with her sister Veronika, she connects female artisans from low-income countries with a global community of design lovers.
Occupation: Training and Social Enterprise Manager - PACE
Working to give people who have been to prison access to valuable work experience and the labour market.
Maria de Fátima Pinho Ferreira Pinto
Occupation: Director of Pony Club do Porto
Founder of “Pony Club do Porto” project, whose mission is to work with children with special educational needs using horse-assisted therapy.
Maria Freitas do Amaral
Occupation: Co-Founder & President Bon-dja São Tomé
Helping children and young people in São Tomé Island and training university students in volunteering
Occupation: Senior Manager Europe - Village Capital
Designs and implements investment readiness programs that find, train and support entrepreneurs solving problems in the region.
Occupation: Social worker/ Founder Semear Afetos project
Social Worker by profession and Social Entrepreneur at heart. Nancy Martins has worked for over 15 years as Technical Director of several Social Institutions. Mentor of social projects by IES - Institute of Social Entrepreneurship SBS and social innovation consultant.
Occupation: Country Director Enactus Netherlands
On a mission with Enactus to inspire and educate young changemakers around the world to solve world’s biggest challenges. In 2019 she voluntarily co-founded the non-profit Mom Buddy Movement, connecting mums across all corners of society.
Occupation: Director, IMS – Inspiring More Sustainability
IMS explores new solutions and concretely tests sustainable alternatives, through working groups and pilot projects with positive impacts.
Occupation: Founder & Managing Director, Kontakt Kollektiv
Natalia is a Social Entrepreneur, Intercultural Facilitator and Communications Strategist who partners with public, private and non-profit sectors to create safe spaces for people of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to meaningfully connect.
Occupation: Co-Founder & Managing Partner at wirkt. (wirkt. social innovation GmbH (gemeinnützig)
Passionate about new leadership styles and innovative impact models.
Occupation: Founder and editor-in-chief of Női Váltó (Women in Change).
Helping women find the courage and inspiration to make a change if the current limitations in their lives and careers no longer serve them
Occupation: CEO & Co-Founder of Peppy Agency
Working to improve children’s social-emotional learning through play
Occupation: Strategic Partner & Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum/Host, Let’s Fix It
Thought leader at the World Economic Forum where she works directly with Fortune 500 companies and social change leaders to achieve systemic change across social & environmental challenges.
Occupation: CEO of the Slovak NGO “AJ Ty v IT” (“You in IT, also”)
Actively involved in education and the transformation of education in Slovakia by supporting, educating, and empowering girls from 8 years old until adult women into the technology sector.
Occupation: Director of Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia
Skilled social economy expert, working in the field since 2017 and an advocate for community involvement and growth
Occupation: Founder and CEO, Hobby Lobby
Working to give disadvantaged children and young people the opportunity to discover their strengths and realize their potential, through extracurricular education.
Occupation: Development coordinator – Real Life education Association
Social worker with expertise in the coordination and implementation of training strategies in private and NGO field
Occupation: Founder & CEO of European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute
With 20+ years of industry experience, Simona is a visionary in the field of life-centered design and ESG, and is an expert in creating meaningful experiences that bring together the best of technology and human-centered design.
Occupation: Co-founder of AwakenHub
Bringing about fundamental change for women founders across the island of Ireland and beyond.
Occupation: President of the Women's association RUZA Lebane Serbia and founder of Social enterprise of Radanska RUŽA ltd Lebane
Slobodanka Pavlović is President of the Association of Women Rose, Founder of the Social enterprise Radanska ruža Lebane Serbia, a woman who during her 12 years of work gathered a large number of women from marginal groups, especially those experiencing domestic violence. She has been empowering and resocializing over 80 women from the municipality of Lebane providing them not only with economic opportunities but also supporting them in all other areas of their life.
Occupation: Founder and Deputy CEO, Quizrr
An independent ed-tech pioneer in the space where social sustainability meets measurability
Occupation: Founder & President of Pista Mágica
Specializing in capacity building and developing social innovative initiatives using volunteering as a tool for inclusion.
Occupation: Co-Founder & Co-CEO, WeRobotics
Passionate change agent, facilitator, social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow with a longstanding career both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including start-ups, SMEs and multinationals
Occupation: CEO & founder of DesCodeuses
Provide training sessions for women from disadvantaged areas in France, to become professionals in programming, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
Occupation: Founder The Big C
Social entrepreneur and patient advocate focused on ownership, empowerment and health awareness.
Occupation: Founder of Magrid Learning Solution
Renowned academic, researcher, and entrepreneur known for her contributions in the field of early childhood education.
Virginia Mijes Martin
Occupation: Founder Innovation Enterprise, Advocate at European Technology Chamber
25+ year veteran in the technology sector with extensive international experience. A leader in the Blockchain and Crypto industry, she is a firm believer in technology as an economic and social game changer with global impact.
Occupation: CEO and co-founder of capito
Focuses on projects that combine state-of-the-art technology with social impact.
Occupation: CEO & Founder @ SocialBee, Commissioner for Social Innovation @ Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Supporting companies in employing refugees since 2016.
Occupation: CEO, Etesd Non-profit Public Benefit Co.
An environmentally conscious economist, a gastro professional, a chef, a foodie, who wants to make our world a better place.
Learn more about the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative and explore last year’s list HERE. Stay tuned as we will be featuring interviews with women trailblazers from the Top 100 list in the following weeks!
Euclid Network (EN) is the European Social Enterprise Network. Founded in 2007, EN has been a frontrunner in shaping the European impact ecosystem in the past decade. The global community of changemakers is growing and so is our network: our members represent over 100,000 organisations in 21 countries throughout Europe and beyond.
Together with its members, EN strives towards an economy that works for people and the planet in support of all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, making impact its daily business. Our vision is to see social entrepreneurship and social innovation pave the way for a new green and just economy.