Women’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A remarkable mind-shift seems today well underway: major social issues and challenges, be it in the
area of sustainability and the environment or poverty and societal cohesion, are no longer perceived as
restraints on growth and firm behaviors, but rather as opportunities, driving a new wave of growth and
innovation. In other words, there is a new opportunity space for growth and innovation rapidly unfolding
precisely at the intersection between societal trends and business activity. Socially responsible businesses
and social enterprises are at the edge in this space – spearheading initiatives which aim to achieve a large,
positive societal impact and at the same time are also economically viable or sustainable.

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