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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]