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Two Special Award Winners Epitomize What it Means to be Social Entrepreneurs

At this year’s empowering people. Award (epAward), two social enterprises were awarded with special awards that truly highlight their impact on the developing world. To recognize a Water & Sanitation initiative that fits the bill as a smart, technical solution, Knorr-Bremse Global Care presented a €20,000 Special WASH Award. Furthermore, Siemens Stiftung presented the €10,000 […]

The Future Looks Bright – a Spotlight on our Top 3 epAward2019 Winners

The latest empowering people. Award (epAward) ceremony held in Cairo in July, 2019 marked the third installment of Siemens Stiftung’s social development initiative which celebrates enterprises that have developed smart, technical solutions to remove some of the world’s biggest roadblocks. To honor the important work of our new empowering people. Network (epNetwork) members, here is […]

epAward 2019 Trends Towards Software Solutions

We are just a few weeks away from the big empowering people. Award 2019 (epAward) ceremony in Cairo. For the team, the run-up period has been intense – marred with tight deadlines, scheduling, organizing and now tying all loose ends to ensure a great experience for all participants. This has also given us a few […]

Vote Now for Your Favourite epAward 2019 Solution

On July 11, 2019, 11 promising enterpreneurs will battle it out for a top spot at the empowering people. Award ceremony, where sustainable, low-tech, and crucial solutions for daily needs in developing regions are recognized and celebrated. The 11 finalists have made it far already, beating out over 800 other award submissions from entrepreneurs in […]

 

Mother Tongue Stories Now a Click Away

What are the chances that a Psychology graduate, a corporate lawyer and an NGO worker come together to create a virtual library? Though from diverse backgrounds, the heart of the founding team at NABU.ORG was aligned – democratizing access to literacy particularly for children from underserved backgrounds. The girl power behind the innovative publishing network […]

Local Social Enterprises Key to Bridge Development Gaps in Africa

Growing up in Burundi, Henri Nyakarundi had a dream… run as far as he could from what his young mind thought were dearth of opportunities. So, right after his high school he made way to the United States and pursued his higher education in Computer Science. He tried his hand at multiples work stints, including […]

 

A Cinderella Story of an Outdoor Portable Water Filter

Once upon a time, in the tropical land of Brazil far, far away, I, Ricardo Braun, a biologist and a filmmaker had an inspiration to build a portable water purification system for outdoor expeditions. In fact, the inspiration came after a relative challenged me to build a portable water purification system for remote areas in […]

 

Birth of Baby SolarTurtle for Secure and Sustainable Energy

The last blog Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns by epAward 2016 winner and epNetwork member James van der Walt gave an insight into surviving in a competitive business environment. Let’s take a ride with him to follow his entrepreneurial journey of setting up a successful social enterprise in Africa and discover the bumps and […]

Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns

I’ve been recently contemplating on the idea of collaboration in the social business space. The problem is that traditional business culture does not advocate associations and sharing of knowledge. It’s every man for himself and one’s business IP is tightly guarded. If someone with ill intent gets hold of your data, they can undercut your […]

Catch the Most Comprehensive Conversations on Off-Grid Power

Over a billion people mostly spread in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are still waiting for electricity according to recent World Bank estimates. Naturally, this creates a vicious cycle impacting ensuing development indicators like poverty alleviation, food security, health and education. Globally development agencies are warming up to the emergent implications of simple and low […]