Duncan Onyango

Voices from the jury: Duncan Onyango

The African economy has experienced a trend in recent years with Kenya’s increasing number of innovation start-ups, providing solutions to business problems.

Karen von Bismarck.

Voices from the jury: “Our philosophies are remarkably closely aligned.” (Repost)

The Technology Exchange Lab (TEL) is dedicated to bringing communities out of poverty by fostering the exchange of innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions that significantly improve the lives of people at the bottom of the pyramid. TEL was founded in 2009 by two alumni from the MIT Sloan School of Management whose shared vision of […]

Thomas Silberhorn.

Voices from the jury: “A great potential to address development challenges by cooperating with and supporting social entrepreneurs”

While the members of the jury are doing their work – evaluating the entries of the empowering people. Award – we asked them why they have made a commitment to this competition.

Michael Vollmann.

Voices from the jury: “Making the world of tomorrow a better place.”

While the members of the jury are doing their work – evaluating the entries of the empowering people. Award – we asked them why they have made a commitment to this competition.

The Ezystove

Making Life Ezyer

Right this minute a woman somewhere in rural sub-Saharan Africa is on a long trek. Not because she’s part of a nomadic tribe or visiting a neighbouring village but because she has to do something that many of us with modern conveniences take for granted – cook for her family. She starts her journey early, […]

Carola Schwank visiting D-Lab.

The „empowering people. Network” joined the Practical Impact Alliance of the D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Practical Impact Alliance (PIA), an initiative launched by D-Lab in 2014, brings together leaders from diverse organizations with aligned missions so that they may share learning, collaborate, and develop best practices together. ”Everyone is a maker“, that is the credo of Amy Smith, the passionate founder and co-director of D-Lab. […]

epWorkshop on “Organizational Development”

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Date(s) - 04/10/2016 - 06/10/2016
6:30 am - 6:30 pm



With the “empowering people. Network” the Siemens Stiftung (foundation) aims to support developers/inventors of simple technologies and solutions as well as their implementation so that basic living conditions around the globe can be improved.

On October 4-6, 2016 we will be hosting another “empowering people. Workshop” in Berlin, Germany. This event will bring together entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world; they are  all are part of our network and are working with technologies for basic needs. Over the two 1/2 days we’ll work on different topics in the field of “Organizational Development”, exchange views and ideas, learn from each other but also gain insights  from guests, who are experts in this field.

The workshop will be rounded off by the Awards Ceremony of the “empowering people. Award 2015”, which will take place on the evening of October 6. The Ceremony will offer an opportunity to connect with people from the German and European ecosystem working in Social Entrepreneurship, Development Cooperation and Technology.

Please note: Participation in the event is only possible upon invitation.

Post #1 – Are you ready for more?

A rich source of facts, experiences, opinions and impressions around impact technology and entrepreneurship – The new epN-Blog is the place where our Network, friends and experts come together It’s time and we’re ready. Welcome to our brand-new empowering people. Network-blog that will provide you with more insights, live communication and discussions of relevant topics!

epOnsite in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Date(s) - 29/05/2016 - 01/06/2016
All Day



Social entrepreneurs face complex challenges in organization, market or administration. To equip teams working onsite, the Network offers skills training and practical advice to help social businesses work more efficiently. The so called “empowering people.Onsite” is a regionally-based and hands-on program of training opportunities. The epOnsite workshops cover the diverse geographical locations of our epNetwork members and deal with different topics, they provide relevant knowledge and a forum to discuss problems of daily work.

Our latest training took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, with members of the epNetwork that are based in Latin America.

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 […]