The forge of ingenuity: social entrepreneurs innovate through challenges

Social entrepreneurship – After more than fifty years it is still hindered by the perception that all social good should be funded by donations and charity. Yet social entrepreneurs are potentially the richest source of new business principles, argues Hlamalani Ngwenya, who recently co-facilitated an epOnsite training session in Johannesburg, South Africa.

empowering people Expert primes the pump

Brian Finnerty, empowering people. Expert, spent four months with the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) in the Philippines, where he volunteered his skills to develop an IT-based administration system.

A bracelet to save babies in India

“Deutsche Welle” (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, has featured the winner of our frist prize Bempu Health (empowering people. Award 2016).

Solar Kiosk in Rwanda

Featured on DW Global 3000: The African-based Company ARED builds small mobile kiosks in Rwanda that produce solar power on the go.

Drought in East Africa – and how Siemens Stiftung can help

Rain hasn’t fallen for months in East Africa, causing a dire living situation for locals. To offset some of the potentially catastrophic effects, Siemens Stiftung works with communities on the establishment of safe water kiosks in Kenya and Uganda. Caroline Weimann, project manager at the foundation, has just been onsite and reports how this technical […]

The Fabulous Fish Farm – a project by Alan Fleming

A fish farm in a container set to transform South Africa’s aquaculture industry? Sounds crazy. But there is one in a township doing just this. And it can be run on solar energy. This is Alan Fleming’s vision and what he’s been working on for the last five years – step by step. Townships are […]

OneDollarGlasses in Burkina Faso

The OneDollarGlasses e.V. association was the first prize winner of the “empowering people. Award” by the Siemens Stiftung in 2013. In the same year, ODG launched its first activities in Burkina Faso with the aim of providing as many ametropic people as possible with affordable glasses. With the help of the new glasses, it is […]

Discovering the world of impact investors

Anyone who travels the world knows that preparation is key before entering a new country. Do you need a visa? What’s the best way to get from A to Z? Do you understand the local language? How much time should you plan to reach your destination?

Technik hilft Menschen

Unternehmer mit Innovation und Vision können Großes für Menschen bewegen. Das war schon früher so – zum Beispiel bei Werner von Siemens. Ein Gespräch. Die eine: Ururenkelin eines der größten Unternehmer des 19. Jahrhunderts. Der andere: Gründer eines Startup. Nathalie von Siemens und Lennart Budelmann.

TRIEX – a story of sustainable entrepreneurship

The TRIEX Gestión de Residuos project, launched in 2001, was the result of an initiative by chemists Ana and Ruben, who were concerned about the lack of proper hazardous waste management in Uruguay. The personal experiences of Ruben in the sales field and Ana in the pharmaceutical industry triggered their interest in providing a solution […]