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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 […]

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 […]

Bienvenidos al Peru!

Bianca Finkel is starting her traineeship with Sympra and in collaboration with the empowering people Network she is doing so as epExpert more than 10,000 km away from home – in the Peruvian capital, Lima. She is not only gaining additional overseas experience, but also assisting the empowering people. Network member Café Compadre with communication. At […]

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 […]

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.