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Enhancing Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs – What Should Financial Institutions Do?

Entrepreneurs can be segmented along several dimensions such as education, experience, income and geographic location. While these characteristics are certainly important, one key, often-overlooked characteristic is gender. While enterprises play a crucial role in economic development, the financial (and other) needs of those enterprises are all too frequently ignored. And this is particularly true for […]

The Role of Digitalization for Inclusive Business: A Recipe for Inclusion or Further Marginalization?

With increasing interest in digitalization in Western economies one question arises: How may digital technologies reach out and have a transformative role in developing economies to address societal challenges of fundamental nature? Dr. Eugenia Rosca and her colleagues at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, set out to explore this question and conducted several studies in an […]

Holacracy: A Big Bang Approach to Self-Organization

Holacracy! A turnkey system for self-organization. Looking at multinational corporations like ENGIE to SMEs like the BoP innovation Center or Springest, I have had the privilege to be both an observer of the implementation of Holacracy and a first-hand user at the BoP Innovation Center where I was working. Despite a fair bit of criticism […]

Hardware isn’t hard, is it?

Being self-employed is not always easy – certainly not as a social entrepreneur. Evaptainer is a empowering people. Network member who has only recently experienced at first-hand how quickly the tide can turn. In our blog Quang D. Truong, co-founder of Evaptainer, tells us their story.

Small is beautiful!

“Small is beautiful”, these words from Joseph Schumpeter, one of the most influential management thinkers of the 20th century, have always resonated with me. That’s why I love to work with entrepreneurs on developing their ventures further. And often I hear that these organizations should stay small (which in a way I agree with) and […]

Help yourself to an ‘Aha’ moment in Organizational Development

Together with SEED/adelphi, Siemens Stiftung developed a toolkit on Organizational Development for social businesses. Why? Because we realized that many social entrepreneurs are challenged by leading a growing team and building up longlasting structures. Kay Eunkyung Kang works for SEED and was part of the epOnsite of the empowering people. Network in Mumbai this year. […]

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, […]

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 […]