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 moments to reflect on the entire period, the launch, the applications, phase evaluation, etc. What stands out for us is the dynamism and stimulating nature of our 11 finalists’ solutions. We caught-up with Carola Schwank, Head of empowering people. Network about her reflections on this year’s competition.
With the passage of time, we learned that the business approach is key when it comes to creative implementation to ensure a strong social impact by creating new jobs, income and by building knowledge on the ground in the developing regions. Thus, we not only redefined our criteria and sharpened the assessment process but also decided to support the inventor-entrepreneurs through specific offers tailored to their demands and to connect them with the wealth of experience and knowledge of our network members. This is now the heart of our empowering people initiative.
Our 11 finalists are all trailblazers in their own sectors! They have come up with suitable technological fixes to providing safe drinking water, uninterrupted clean energy supply or agri-technology for smallholding farmers. Along with enabling affordable healthcare, and adaptive education and mobility services for the physically challenged and less privileged communities.
Our first evaluation underlined the importance of the necessity of a strong business model for an enterprise to thrive for the years to come and broaden their impact area. We also realized that that people and teams actually make an enterprise, therefore, we urged our applicants to showcase their existing organizational structures and the potential to nurture talent and teams. Based on this we also introspected our own capacities to support startups in stabilizing their enterprise along with helping them attract potential investors or financial partners during their growth phase.
Our finalists bring many affordable solutions for disabled people in developing countries. This demonstrates the strong social awareness and empathy of social entrepreneurs as the advocates of the most marginalized target groups.
Check-out our finalists here and vote for your favorite to help them win the Community Prize of €10,000.