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Discussions about how to Improve Social Financing are recurrent – and that’s the way it should be

There is no event, publication or discussion about social financing that doesn’t point to the mismatch between the provision of capital supposedly designated to create impact and the financing needs of social enterprises. Innovative forms of financing have been designed in the last years, including patient capital, crowdfunding or social impact bonds, and the amount […]

Zonas no interconectadas (ZNI) en Colombia: un paraíso natural oculto donde las energias renovables se enfrentan a los combustibles fósiles, el aislamiento y la corrupción

Nicolás Mora-Guarda es recién graduado del máster en “Management and Technology” de la Universidad Técnica de Múnich, con especialización en acceso a energía en países emergentes y energía para el desarrollo. Antes de su máster, Nicolás estudió y trabajó en Chile durante varios años. El viaje a Colombia formó parte de su tesis de magister, […]

Non-Interconnected Zones in Colombia: A Hidden Natural Paradise where Renewable Energy Systems Face Threats from Fossil Fuels, Isolation, and Corruption

Nicolas Mora-Guarda is a recent graduate of the Masters in Management and Technology program at Technical University of Munich, where he specialized in energy access in emerging countries and energy for development. Before his masters, Nicolas already studied and worked in Chile for several years. His trip to Colombia was during his master thesis, where […]

How This Civil Engineer from London Turned on the Taps in the Philippines

“Technology can overcome any obstacle when it is used to serve people and not profits.” – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate The term ‘technological innovation’ probably makes you think about exciting emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence or Augmented Reality, but new technologies aren’t the only route to innovation. In fact, existing technologies, when applied […]

 

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 […]

Co-Diseño que resulta en agua purificada para una comunidad colombiana

¿Qué tiene que ver un elefante blanco con la comunidad de Conejo en Colombia? A pesar que no hay elefantes en Colombia, la comunidad de Conejo tuvo que vivir durante ocho años con una enorme instalación de cuatro tanques de agua que servirían para acumular agua filtrada, pero que sólo funcionó durante sólo cuatro días. […]

Authentic Storytelling Can Boost a Social Enterprise’s Development – This Tool Can Help

Social entrepreneurs are always in pitch mode, and are often very active in promoting their businesses. Naturally, they mostly try to talk about their successes. But like all entrepreneurs working in challenging markets, they face difficult situations as well – and their instinct is often to minimize or ignore these challenges when discussing their work. However, […]

Accelerating Energy Access: The Role of Patient Capital

Acumen Fund’s vision is to change the way the world tackles poverty. Their approach to investing is focused on patient capital, early-stage investments, access to expertise, and post-investment support. With global offices in Ghana, Colombia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, India, Kenya, and the Unites States, Acumen works on building innovative ways to bring energy access […]