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“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evaporative Cooling Can Combat Food Loss

Food insecurity remains one of the most burning development challenges, as Food and Agriculture Organization notes – roughly one-third of the food produced globally gets lost or wasted every year. Whilst in the developed world it is mostly a waste journey from refrigerators to landfills, for millions in the developing regions, it is lost in […]

Structure Transparency and Accountability from the Bottom Up

A social entrepreneur’s journey is a steep and constant learning curve! For Guido van Hofwegen and his wife Lieselotte Heederik making a pan-continent move from the Netherlands to Banda Aceh in Indonesia is a testimony of that. With the aim to support the post Tsunami reconstruction work in Indonesia, the couple soon realized the massive […]

Listen to Your End Users for Affordable and Viable Impact

When do the most innovative ideas hit us? Isaac Newton discovered the Theory of Gravity when an apple fell on his head. Three centuries later, Albert Einstein formulated the Theory of Relativity after he fell off a chair. For problem-solvers, creativity and innovation flow comes to them at some of the most unsuspecting moments in life. Young […]

Low-tech Solutions More Likely to be Rooted in Communities

‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;’ a sentiment by English metaphysical poet John Donne in the early 17th century might well be a prophecy for our current times. We know that ‘freak’ wildfires in California do not have ramifications for the United […]

OneDollarGlasses: las gafas ofrecen nuevas perspectivas de vida a los habitantes de Burkina Faso

Los expertos estiman que alrededor de 700 millones de personas en todo el mundo carecen de acceso a las gafas, pese a necesitarlas, y que por lo tanto, están en desventaja en cuanto a  educación, interacción social y mercado laboral, debido a que son incapaces de realizar muchas actividades. La asociación OneDollarGlasses,  ganadora de los […]

OneDollarGlasses: New Life Perspectives in Burkina Faso Thanks to Glasses

Experts estimate that around 700 million people worldwide have no access to glasses – and are thus disadvantaged in education, social interaction and the labor market, because they are unable to perform many activities. The OneDollarGlasses Association, winner of the first empowering people. Award 2013, manufactures affordable glasses for developing countries, and has to date […]