Article, type “interview”

“Me encanta el espíritu de epNetwork y su tenacidad positiva para convertir las ideas en realidad”

Gregor Schäpers es miembro desde hace mucho tiempo de la red empowering people. Network (epNetwork) y fue uno de los ganadores del premio empowering people. Award (epAward) en 2013. Fundó su negocio, Trinysol en 2006 y lo hizo crecer desde cero combinando la acreditada tecnología solar de los reflectores Scheffler (1) con un novedoso enfoque […]

“I Love epNetwork’s Spirit of a Positive Stubbornness to Realize Ideas”

Gregor Schäpers is a long-term member of empowering people. Network (epNetwork) and was among the winners of the empowering people. Award (epAward) in 2013. He founded his business, Trinysol, in 2006 and grew it out of nothing by combining proven solar technology called Scheffler reflectors (1) with a fresh entrepreneurial approach. In the last 2 […]

Africa – A Continent with Huge Potential for Social Innovation

The following interview with Patricia Jumi, Managing Director and Co-Founder of GrowthAfrica, occurred as a follow-up to the ‘Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs‘ round table discussions in Cairo. SIEMENS STIFTUNG: Patricia, with your unique long-term view, what would you say is the next big action item that ecosystems for entrepreneurs in emerging economies need?

Digging into Details for Purposeful Impact

At this year’s empowering people. Network (epNetwork) Workshop (epWorkshop) in Cairo, storytelling for social entrepreneurs and a specific peer coaching approach called ‘The Systemic Swiss Knife’ were both a focus. Barbara Börner, a senior expert with extensive storytelling and peer coaching experience, worked with participants on both approaches to use them as means to further […]

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 Savvy Perspective: Pools of Capital Allow for Customized Support and Larger Impact Creation

The following interview with Gagandeep Bakshi, Director & Head of Investment Banking at Intellecap, occurred as a follow-up to the ‘Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs‘ round table discussions in Cairo. SIEMENS STIFTUNG: One topic that repeatedly came up during the round table discussion is the need to customize supporting programs that are targeted towards social […]

An Expert Interview: Liberalizing Data and Increasing Liquidity in the Social Capital Market through Technology

The following interview with Barnaby Nelson (The Value Exchange) & Franziska Reh (Uncap – Unconventional Capital) occurred as a follow-up to the ‘Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs‘ round table discussions in Cairo. SIEMENS STIFTUNG: One of the big issues that we identified during the round table session is the funding gap when it comes to […]

Expert Round Table and Resulting Report Point to Fresh Financing Approaches for Social Entrepreneurs

Within the social development sphere, it is common knowledge that social entrepreneurs, who avoid relying on grants or donations, often struggle to scale their business. In a lot of cases, this is because of difficulties accessing tailor-made capital and in finding the “right” investors. It is an experience that we share through our work with […]

Building a Social Enterprise From the Ground Up – the Story of Imara Tech

In Tanzania, small-hold farmers face a lot of risks. They are disproportionately affected by poverty, severely impacted by climate change, and always the last to benefit from new technology. But, that paradigm is shifting. Farming communities are gaining access to threshing tools and machinery that can help them become more self-reliant with higher yields in […]

La historia de TRIEX: nuestra travesía como “empresa gestionada por empleados y propiedad de los mismos”

Acerca de TRIEX y su fundadora, Ana Luisa Arocena Con la creación de TRIEX en 2001, se hizo realidad el primer sistema para la gestión de residuos peligrosos en Uruguay. Desde la caracterización y el diseño del sistema, pasando por la recopilación, la clasificación, la segregación, los diversos tratamientos físico-químicos y de acondicionamiento y, hasta […]