For 15 years, Euclid Network (EN) has fostered 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 enterprise* in achieving positive change.
In the spirit of empowering women leaders in Europe and accelerating progress towards a more gender-equal world, EN has launched the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise Initiative. 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.
Selected candidates are featured in the Euclid Network Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise List, which was released on International Women’s Day, 8thMarch 2022 and will be celebrated with an award ceremony at EN’s Impact Summit on the 24th and 25th March 2022. These are just some of the multiple ways in which the designated leaders will benefit from media exposure and gain access to EN’s vast network of impact practitioners in Europe and beyond.
All candidates must meet the following criteria:
- A woman holding a leadership position (CEO, manager, founder, etc.)
- Must work in the social enterprise ecosystem in the European continent
- Shows personal commitment, engagement and is impact-oriented
This initiative will celebrate women leaders in two categories:
- Social Entrepreneur
For women founders or managers of a social enterprise (for-profit, non-profit or hybrid). Their work has demonstrated significant social and/or environmental impact in the past year, preferably addressing one or more UN SDGs. They have achieved remarkable results and impact in the social enterprise ecosystem and are driven by innovation and positive change.
- Social Innovator
For public and private social 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 in line with 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.
Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2021
*the list does not rank the top 100 women in any particular order
We had the pleasure to sit down with some the women on the List and hear them tell their own stories of becoming successful impact practitioners. Read these exclusive interviews and get inspired by stories of women leading the way in the areas of social entrepreneurship and innovation.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.