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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 […]

The TRIEX Story – Our Journey as an ‘Employee Owned & Operated Company’

About TRIEX and Founder, Ana Luisa Arocena With the creation of TRIEX in 2001, Uruguay saw its first system to manage some hazardous waste. From the characterization and design of the system, to collection, classification, segregation, diverse conditioning and physicochemical treatments, and distribution of waste to various centers, TRIEX is a pioneer when it comes […]

How Peer Coaching Can Help Shape Sustainable Social Enterprises

This year, Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network (epNetwork) facilitated its annual workshop from July 9th – 12th in Cairo together with 35 social entrepreneurs from various countries in the world. Most of them have been part of epNetwork for many years, with around ten of them joining for the first time as finalists for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]