Striving for Sustainable Impact: The Role of Entrepreneurship in Closing Gender ...
Myanmar, September, 15 2020 -
The report showcases ten innovative startups, outlining their motivation, vision, management structures, and business models used to drive development of enterprises, products, and services to serve women employees and customers.
On September 15, 2020, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs (EME), and Support Her Enterprise (SHE) launched "The Role of Entrepreneurship in Closing Gender Gaps in Myanmar", a new report focusing on innovative business models to improve women's and girl's livelihood in Myanmar.
Based on a series of interviews with startups in Myanmar, this report lays out the resources required by impact-orientated innovative startups and small growing businesses (SGBs) to develop their business while addressing gender gaps in Myanmar in a sustainable way. This is one of the first reports to capture the potential of startups to contribute to social change and close gender gaps in Myanmar.
The report showcases ten innovative startups, outlining their motivation, vision, management structures, and business models used to drive development of enterprises, products, and services to serve women employees and customers. Additionally, the report takes initial steps to understand the needs of single or zero employee women business owners who embrace entrepreneurialism as a form of necessity-driven livelihood in rural Myanmar. Finally, in order to bring more positive impact to women and girls in Myanmar, the report offers recommendations not only for startups but also investors and ecosystem builders on how they can support startups and SGBs to maximize innovative solutions.
The collaboration for this report is based on the women's empowerment framework outlined in the report "A Gender-inclusive Southeast Asia through Entrepreneurship," and demonstrates SPF's commitment to explore the potential of entrepreneurship to spur innovation and create sustainable impact and close gender gaps in developing countries like Myanmar.