Women and Social Entrepreneurship

Increasingly, mainstream corporate organizations are embracing the social mission of the private sector. Despite this, social entrepreneurship, which is dominated by women, tends to be marginalized in entrepreneurship literature, policies and programs, in spite of its obvious importance to achieving social and economic goals. While wholly women-owned enterprises are more likely to be social enterprises (3.6% of majority women-owned versus 2.7% of majority men-owned), majority women-owned social enterprises are nearly ten times more likely to be a not-for-profit or charity organization rather than a social venture.

Led by the Diversity Institute, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will conduct a case study on SheEO, a unique Canadian approach to advancing women entrepreneurs using a female centric model of support with a focus on evaluating not just their economic success but also their impact on the Sustainable Development Goals, or “the world’s to do list.”

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