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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SpainSerbiaGreeceSwedenUKUkraineHungaryThe NetherlandsArmeniaIrelandTurkeyAustriaItalyPortugalBulgariaLatviaSwitzerlandCzech RepublicLuxemburgBosnia and HerzegovinaDenmarkMayotteBelgiumEstoniaNorwaySlovakiaFinlandPolandLithuaniaFranceRomaniaCroatiaGermany

Adèle Jamaux

Occupation: Founder and owner of We are all Builders

France

Reconciling job seekers with opportunities in the construction industry

Agnesa Kolica

Occupation: Founder & CEO of Grow Together Germany and Family Playdates

Germany

Award-winning social innovator for connecting people across cultures with the aim of building peaceful societies.

Agnese Frīdenberga

Occupation: Senior Researcher, Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS

Latvia

Policy analyst and legal advisor working at a leading policy centre in Latvia - Centre for public policy PROVIDUS

Aicha Belassir

Occupation: Executive Secretary of Ripess

Spain

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

Alessia Gianoncelli

Occupation: Director of Knowledge and Programs, EVPA

Italy

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.

Amandine Hersant

Occupation: General Manager Planete Urgence NGO

France

Passionate about bringing concrete solutions for a more inclusive and sustainable world, and specifically for the benefice of forest preservation and restoration.

Anna Kalmár

Occupation: Founder and manager of AdniJóga

Hungary

Budapest-based mental and physical health social enterprise that aims to use yoga as a tool to build resilience and community amongst vulnerable group

Astrid Bruinsma-Eggink

Occupation: Founder of Sofie

The Netherlands

On a mission to change the lives of 100 million Europeans to improve their financial health and support a greener life.

Azza ElHayek

Occupation: Co-founder, Partner in SkillLab

Belgium

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.

Beatriz Medina

Occupation: Partner and socio-environmental expert in WE&B

Spain

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.

Berivan Eliş

Occupation: Co-founder and Director of Programs, Impact Hub Ankara

Turkey

Providing mentorship, jury, board and advisory functions in various social entrepreneurship and social innovation-related programs and networks

Berta Argenté

Occupation: Founder & CEO at Blum Company Builder

Spain

Company Builder for Impact that builds social businesses for disadvantaged women

Camille Amar

Occupation: CEO & founder of Manita

France

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

The Netherlands

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.

Carola Carazzone

Occupation: Secretary General of Assifero and Vice-President of Philea – Philanthropy Europe Association

Italy

She is an Italian lawyer specialized in human rights

Carole Riehl

Occupation: CEO of Optic for Good

France

Recycling sector for optics and eyewear in addition to raising awareness of ecology for everyone.

Caroline Neyron

Occupation: Executive Director of Mouvement Impact France

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.

Cassandre Milius

Occupation: Founder and CEO of The Good Habits

France

The first community app for positive support towards sustainability

Catarina Rodrigues Marques

Occupation: CEO of MOVE

Portugal

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.

Celmira Macedo

Occupation: Founder and CEO of EKUI

Portugal

Special education teacher, University professor and researcher since

Chrysella Lagaria

Occupation: Co-founder & CEO Black Light

Greece

She is the co-founder and CEO of Black Light Social Enterprise and secretary of the Board at the NGO ‘Reading to the Others'.

Cláudia Igreja

Occupation: Advisor Board and Strategical Manager in Human Power Hub – Social Innovation Center, Municipality of Braga

Portugal

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

The Netherlands

Working with vulnerable people to improve their access to the workforce.

Cynthia Asije

Occupation: Adirelounge CEO

France

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

Germany

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

France

An educational platform about international migrations and socioeconomic inclusion for youth in France.

Diana Lapkis

Occupation: Co-founder & CEO of NewDoor – International Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation platform

Latvia

The first social entrepreneurship accelerator in the Baltic States

Dora Palfi

Occupation: Co-founder & CEO, imagi

Sweden

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.

Germany

Works to give a voice to the sustainable and social business

Elena Parras Durán

Occupation: Founder and CEO at 55+

Portugal

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.

Elianne Leeffers

Occupation: CEO & Founder Go Potty

The Netherlands

On a mission to protect the planet against the devastating environmental impact of disposable diapers.

Elif Algu

Occupation: Co-founder Swip Swap and founder of Branding A Better World

The Netherlands

Helps good brands grow big and big brands do more good.

Elisangela Lima de Souza

Occupation: Founder and CEO IDE Social Hub Country: Portugal

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

Esra Arslan

Occupation: VC of the Board, Needs Map

Turkey

Serial social entrepreneur

Federica Pasini

Occupation: CEO & co-founder of Hacking Talents

Italy

Digital platform that enables HR to distribute concrete evolutionary experiences to the whole workforce

Flora Vidal Marron

Occupation: Founder & Director Weavers

France

Trains and facilitates the recruitment of exiled people in Lyon, Grenoble, Annecy and Paris in France.

Greta Rossi

Occupation: Co-Founder, Recipes for Wellbeing and Co-Founder, ChangemakerXchange

Italy

A changemaker involved in multiple not-for-profit initiatives

Güler Altinsoy

Occupation: Co-founder of Needs Map, IDEMA and Inogar Coop

Belgium

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.

Ines Bensalem

Occupation: Onset Founder & CEO

France

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.

Inga Jablonske

Occupation: Founder & CEO at WoW University, NGO.

Lithuania

Visionary Entrepreneur, Speaker, EQ Development Professional

Inga Muižniece

Occupation: Owner & Founder of Sonido

FranceLatvia

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

Sweden

Swedish chapter of the Indian education-oriented NGO Pratham Education Foundation

Isabella Lenarduzzi

Occupation: Serial social entrepreneur; Founder of JUMP, Solutions for Equity at Work

Belgium

Key opinion leader and Social entrepreneur in employment, gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

Isabelle Bart

Occupation: Founder and CEO of Impact Innovator

France

Passionate about empowering individuals of all backgrounds to create innovative and impactful enterprises.

Jacqueline Djoumoi-Guez

Occupation: CEO of Clap Productions Company based in Mayotte

France

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.

Jean Guo

Occupation: Co-founder / CEO at Konexio

France

CEO and co-founder of Konexio, a social startup that promotes the socio-economic inclusion of vulnerable populations, including refugees and the young and unemployed, by offering quality training in digital skills.

Jelena Pavlović

Occupation: Management Board Member, ACT Group

Croatia

Creator and supporter of incubation programs for the development of social and community-based services.

Jenny Romano

Occupation: Co-Founder, CEO - The Newsroom

Portugal

On a mission to fight misinformation and break filter bubbles in the news

Joana Bordalo

Occupation: Programme Coordinator at Native Scientists

Portugal

Committed to improving educational opportunities and reducing inequalities through her work

Joanna Pollard

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

UK

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

Germany

Fully qualified lawyer taking care of legal issues at NewStarters and supporting the General Manager in his decision-making process.

Julie Murat

Occupation: Co-founder & COO of Bridge for Billions

Spain

On a mission to equalize access to entrepreneurship globally and make the ecosystems more inclusive and diverse

Karin Kandt-Reinders

Occupation: Founder & Owner Fair Fabrics

The Netherlands

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.

Karin Kreutzer

Occupation: Professor of Social Business, Co-Director EBS Impact Institute, Vice Dean Research

Germany

Her research focuses on Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cross-sector Social Partnerships, and Management of Nonprofit Organizations.

Karina Mereuta

Occupation: Co-Founder/Learning Experience & Outreach, Fructify Network

Switzerland

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

Kateřina Maříková

Occupation: CEO and Founder of Centre of Hippotherapy Mirakl

Czech Republic

Achieving incredible results in the development of kids with special needs and helping them achieve their maximum potential.

Katrin Schuhen

Occupation: CEO of Wasser 3.0

Germany

Developing application-based and sustainable solutions for the detection, removal, and reuse of microplastics and micropollutants from waters

Kim Rihal

Occupation: CO-CEO Equal Education

UK

An ambitious and growing social enterprise targeting inequality in education around the globe.

Kristina Notz

Occupation: Executive Director, Social Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)

Germany

An experienced impact-driven leader in the field of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Krisztina Tora

Occupation: Chief Market Development Officer at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG)

France

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.

Leonie Bank

Occupation: Operations and program manager at Social Enterprise NL

The Netherlands

Striving towards a better ecosystem for social enterprises by engaging stakeholders such as funders, corporates and governments.

Lieke Hallegraeff

Occupation: Founder, Purpose Club

The Netherlands

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

Portugal

Attentive and committed citizen, Social Entrepreneur

Lise Pape

Occupation: Founder, Walk With Path

UK

Lise founded Walk With Path in 2014, based on her developments during Innovation Design Engineering, and her personal experience with Parkinson’s suffered by her father. She In charge of business development, strategy and partnerships.

Lorraine Corcoran

Occupation: Director, Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI)

Ireland

Recognised expert in the social enterprise sector, with extensive strategy, project delivery and social enterprise mapping skills

Lucia Gonzalez Navarrete

Occupation: Founder at NATIVES

Spain

Working in different projects connected to innovation both for private and public organisations

Luciana Delle Donne

Occupation: Founder and CEO of Made In Carcere

Italy

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".

Lucy Malarkey

Occupation: Managing Director of WISH (Women in Social Housing) CIC

UK

A UK community-based network for females working across the broad spectrum of industries aligned to housing in the UK.

Lusia Barseghyan

Occupation: Founder - Evolet Silk

PortugalUkraine

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.

Magdalena Kupfersberger

Occupation: Co-Founder & Creative Director, sister*hood Vienna

Austria

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.

Maggie Clune

Occupation: Training and Social Enterprise Manager - PACE

Ireland

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

Portugal

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

Portugal

Helping children and young people in São Tomé Island and training university students in volunteering

Marta Zaccagnini

Occupation: Senior Manager Europe - Village Capital

UK

Designs and implements investment readiness programs that find, train and support entrepreneurs solving problems in the region.

Nancy Martins

Occupation: Social worker/ Founder Semear Afetos project

Portugal

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.

Nancy Moorman

Occupation: Country Director Enactus Netherlands

The 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.

Nancy Thomas

Occupation: Director, IMS – Inspiring More Sustainability

Luxemburg

IMS explores new solutions and concretely tests sustainable alternatives, through working groups and pilot projects with positive impacts.

Natalia Białobrzewska

Occupation: Founder & Managing Director, Kontakt Kollektiv

GermanyPoland

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.

Nina Poxleitner

Occupation: Co-Founder & Managing Partner at wirkt. (wirkt. social innovation GmbH (gemeinnützig)

Austria

Passionate about new leadership styles and innovative impact models.

Olga Békéssy

Occupation: Founder and editor-in-chief of Női Váltó (Women in Change).

Hungary

Helping women find the courage and inspiration to make a change if the current limitations in their lives and careers no longer serve them

Paulina Olsson

Occupation: CEO & Co-Founder of Peppy Agency

Sweden

Working to improve children’s social-emotional learning through play

Pavitra Raja

Occupation: Strategic Partner & Engagement Lead, World Economic Forum/Host, Let’s Fix It

Switzerland

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.

Petra Kotuliakova

Occupation: CEO of the Slovak NGO “AJ Ty v IT” (“You in IT, also”)

Slovakia

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.

Regita Zeiļa

Occupation: Director of Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia

Latvia

Skilled social economy expert, working in the field since 2017 and an advocate for community involvement and growth

Rosa Bergmann

Occupation: Founder and CEO, Hobby Lobby

Austria

Working to give disadvantaged children and young people the opportunity to discover their strengths and realize their potential, through extracurricular education.

Silvia Misu

Occupation: Development coordinator – Real Life education Association

Romania

Social worker with expertise in the coordination and implementation of training strategies in private and NGO field

Simona Simulyte

Occupation: Founder & CEO of European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute

Lithuania

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.

Sinead Crowley

Occupation: Co-founder of AwakenHub

Ireland

Bringing about fundamental change for women founders across the island of Ireland and beyond.

Slobodanka Pavlović

Occupation: President of the Women's association RUZA Lebane Serbia and founder of Social enterprise of Radanska RUŽA ltd Lebane

Serbia

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.

Sofie Nordström

Occupation: Founder and Deputy CEO, Quizrr

Sweden

An independent ed-tech pioneer in the space where social sustainability meets measurability

Sol Park

Occupation: Global Investment & Portfolio Director at Yunus Social Business

Germany

Impact investor focused on emerging markets and oversees the entire investment process across Brazil, Colombia, India, Kenya, and Uganda and manages 50+ social businesses in active portfolios

Sónia Fernandes

Occupation: Founder & President of Pista Mágica

Portugal

Specializing in capacity building and developing social innovative initiatives using volunteering as a tool for inclusion.

Sonja Betschart

Occupation: Co-Founder & Co-CEO, WeRobotics

Switzerland

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

Souad Boutegrabet

Occupation: CEO & founder of DesCodeuses

France

Provide training sessions for women from disadvantaged areas in France, to become professionals in programming, cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Stefanie Veraghtert

Occupation: Founder The Big C

Belgium

Social entrepreneur and patient advocate focused on ownership, empowerment and health awareness.

Tahereh Pazouki

Occupation: Founder of Magrid Learning Solution

Luxemburg

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

Spain

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.

Walburga Fröhlich

Occupation: CEO and co-founder of capito

Austria

Focuses on projects that combine state-of-the-art technology with social impact.

Zarah Bruhn

Occupation: CEO & Founder @ SocialBee, Commissioner for Social Innovation @ Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Germany

Supporting companies in employing refugees since 2016.

Zita Pancsovay

Occupation: CEO, Etesd Non-profit Public Benefit Co.

Hungary

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.

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