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Observations on leadership, sustainability and Europe

The last few months, and especially the last week, my thoughts concentrated on a group of about 50 people who went to Amsterdam following our invitation. Today I am sitting alone in my office and it feels similar to handing in my master thesis: I am relieved because the stress is over – but also […]

epWorkshop: Organizational Development experts meet Social Entrepreneurs in beautiful Amsterdam

“Think in roles, not in functions”, “empower your team”, “make concious decisions”. This is just a little selection of lessons learned during the empowering people. Workshop in Amsterdam last week. Within four instructive days, almost 50 social entrepreneurs and empowering people. Network members from Argentina, China, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, […]

epWorkshop in Amsterdam: Organizational development for social entrepreneurs worldwide

How can we deploy our human ressources efficiently? Which management style is the best one for our team? And how can we improve our decision-making processes? – Questions like these occupy many growing organization. The empowering people. Network by Siemens Stiftung wants to support social entrepreneurs in finding solutions for their personal matters: For an […]

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 […]

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?

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 […]

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? […]

Are you ready for the quantum jump?

Raising impact investment for the first time can be quite life-changing for a social entrepreneur. Better be well prepared. Here are five major tips plus many resources how to become investment-ready.

Boosting your growth with hybrid fuel

What’s the ideal engine to speed up your social vehicle? And which fuel do you need to run it efficiently? While many social entrepreneurs are not aware of their options, there is a suitable funding model for everyone. Time to investigate which instruments the social finance market has in stock for you. But don’t forget: […]

Why is it good to be a social entrepreneur? – by Christina Möhrle, FASE

So much has been written about social entrepreneurship that this seems a very strange question to ask. Isn’t it crystal clear that being a social entrepreneur is the next best thing after the invention of the wheel? But while our universe is brimming over with definitions of what it is and what not, the juice […]