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Birth of Baby SolarTurtle for Secure and Sustainable Energy

The last blog Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns by epAward 2016 winner and epNetwork member James van der Walt gave an insight into surviving in a competitive business environment. Let’s take a ride with him to follow his entrepreneurial journey of setting up a successful social enterprise in Africa and discover the bumps and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Financing for Good – Finding Sustainable Models for Social Enterprises

Financing is one of the biggest challenges to any entrepreneur. For social entrepreneurs – an industry which sees little investment, despite its high impact – this is an even bigger obstacle to success. To help get over this obstacle, empowering people. Network brought 19 entrepreneurs together in Johannesburg, South Africa, this August. These entrepreneurs, coming from Burkina […]

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 […]

Designing a Healthier World: How epExpert Carlo Supported Global Health in India

“I wanted to use my ‘powers’ for good!” – Carlo’s statement leaves no questions unanswered. To ensure that the spirit and strength of people like him benefit others, Siemens Stiftung has devised empowering people. Expert Service (epExpert Service) offering hands-on support to those facing far-reaching challenges in their businesses. To be specific, epExpert Service is […]

empowering people. Award is back

Do you believe in unsolvable problems? Or fight your way to the first spark of a small idea? Give your ideas a global platform and win a chance to springboard to a sustainable future! We are calling on social entrepreneurs and developers across the world: Apply for #epAward2019 – the third round is on!

“Seguimos trabajando para lograr un efecto positivo en el trabajo de los emprendedores sociales”

En 2017, la fundación Siemens Stiftung encargó a CEval, un instituto independiente, que realizara una evaluación de la empowering people. Network (epNetwork), a fin de analizar sus logros y objetivos. En esta entrevista, Carola Schwank, Jefa de la Unidad de Empowering People Network (EPN)/Development Cooperation de la fundación Siemens Stiftung, habla sobre los resultados clave […]

“We keep working to have a positive effect on social entrepreneurs’ work”

In 2017, Siemens Stiftung commissioned CEval, an independent institute to carry out an evaluation of empowering people. Network (epNetwork), to analyze their achievement and objectives. In this interview, Carola Schwank, Head of Unit Empowering People Network (EPN)/Development Cooperation at Siemens Stiftung, talks about the key findings of the evaluation and their strategy.