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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Ghana – an epOnsite training under palmtrees

Currently my colleague David and I are in Accra, Ghana, to host another epOnsite training session on Market Research and Customer Relations. It’s the first time we’re hosting a such a session in West Africa and although we’ve been to several African countries before, this one is, again, different! And actually, why shouldn’t it be? […]

The whole cohort of the epOnsite training in Montevideo, Uruguay.

IDIN entrepreneurs attend PIA member Siemens Stiftung’s epOnsite training in Uruguay

Three entrepreneurs and innovators from the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) recently participated in a Siemens Stiftung (Foundation) workshop in Uruguay, representing one of the several exciting connections MIT D-Lab and the Siemens Stiftung are fostering between our networks. Beyond building ties with IDIN, Siemens Stiftung joined the MIT Practical Impact Alliance as a member […]

epOnsite in Montevideo: The impact of peer-learning spaces on growing enterprises

By Clara Hidrón, Founder Reflejarse and Anais Mangin, international consultant and associate at adelphi Entrepreneurs are, by definition, creative, hardworking and determined people; they have a clear goal and will do everything in their power to attain it. This is perhaps why, no matter how much work it is, we feel so energized after working […]

epOnsite Indonesia, March 2016

“Nothing can replace personal contact when it comes to establishing lasting connections.”

Within the empowering people. Network, Sabine Baumeister is responsible for activities including offline workshops and training sessions and helps to make the virtual network visible in “real life”. The German and Scandinavian studies graduate is working since the founding of Siemens Stiftung in 2009 with social entrepreneurs. Before this she spent over ten years in […]

Communications in organizations dedicated to social innovation

During the “empowering people. Onsite” workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, we got to talk to one of the participants, Anita Rivera: Hello Anita. Could you please explain to us what type of organization TriCiclos is and what your part in the organization is?