epExpert: Using Better Business Practices to Empower Local Farmers

Compadre is a social enterprise that works with organic farmers to help them get better prices for their coffee. Using an innovative, solar-powered roaster, it can help farmers earn more than 70% more income than by selling unroasted beans. And as a plus, this solar powered roaster uses 5x LESS energy than existing roasters. Compadre […]

enpact startup camp 2017: epNetwork members tell their stories

Two epNetwork members,  Dr. Omotayo Dairo (Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions Ltd) and Akah Harvey (Traveler) are Fellows in this year’s Startup Mentoring West Africa + Europe programme by enpact.

Understanding the inclusive business landscape

As a result of increased interest in inclusive business initiatives, a large number of hubs, networks and programs (HNP) have emerged to provide technical advice and support services to entrepreneurs, multinationals, impact investors and ventures at different stages of development. These HNP differ in terms of services offered, beneficiaries targeted, scope, thematic and geographical focus, […]

Discover the power of your personal story

People love stories. From early childhood we relate to them easily. At first sight, the facts and figures of a business don’t fit to great storytelling, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Narratives can be a real asset for an inclusive business. And we are convinced that entrepreneurs can use storytelling to reach […]

Conviction and resilience to promote science and technology among children and youth in Mexico

Mexico is the 12th largest economy in world, occupying the 7th spot in car manufacturing and the 10th in electronics exports. All in all, Mexico’s output of value added assets place it at number 8 in the global manufacturing sector. The country is an engineering powerhouse … with a caveat: the average engineer in Mexico […]

“Pumping it up”

Our epExpert Brian talks about his experiences during his four months in the Philippines for the empowering people. Network More than 10.000 kilometres away from home, Brian Finnerty, a passionate tech guru and epExpert from the empowering people. Network is talking about his experiences with the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) in the Philippines. During […]

World Water Week 2017 – Reduce and Reuse

About 70% of the earth is covered in water but still 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water sources. This leads to profound problems for agriculture, health and hygiene. By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. To face these challenges, we have to increase awareness of this […]

Toolification: My personal journey in shaping the way we do business support at SEED

My journey with SEED and providing one-on-one business support for eco-inclusive enterprises started in 2009. I worked with enterprises from Kenya and Ghana on their business plans, which at the time seemed to be already quite advanced. Given the maturity of their business plans, I assumed that the people behind those enterprises had a clear idea […]

Interview: How we learned to speak “social finance”

How does a social enterprise embark on the trip to raise growth capital? How do you effectively communicate with potential impact investors? What are the main challenges on your track to success? Felix Benjamin Schäfer of Bürgerwerke eG – a German cooperative for independent, regional providers of renewable energy – has mastered this thrilling journey. […]

Evaptainers: Making a “breakfast routine” possible for everyone

Let’s start with breakfast: I walk into the kitchen, flip on the lights, turn on the stove to boil water and open the refrigerator. In developing areas these simple actions are not so simple. Globally, 1.2 bn people have no access to any electricity and even more lack reliable electricity.  Without electricity there are no […]