Miranda Beggin, A Day in the Life of a Saudi Arabian Social Entrepreneur, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2, March 2016, Pages 30-31 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/day-life-saudi-arabian-social-entrepreneur/) Abstract: To most in the social enterprise field, the Middle East is not known for social innovation. The region is consistently labeled as slow, stagnant, and inflexible—not exactly qualities that foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Saudi Arabia in particular is known for its conservative, collectivist culture and fear of change. Most Saudi citizens are discouraged from starting their own businesses due to both cultural and regulatory factors. Inflexible legal frameworks, such as limited business license classifications and large capital requirements are only a few of the barriers social entrepreneurs face. Although regulatory conditions have improved in recent years, a widespread fear of failure and hesitancy towards the new and different have proved to be culturally ingrained challenges. Regardless, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Saudi Arabia's percent of total early-stage entrepreneurial activity is 9.4 percent, nearly twice what it was in … Topics: Business; Economy; Employment; Women