The Network carries out various projects to help those working in sustainable entrepreneurship. Whether you are an innovator or social entrepreneur, take a look at our offerings to see how you can receive support.

empowering people. Award

Siemens Stiftung identifies technological innovations with potential in the most pressing categories of basic supply through this international competition. A team of 18 jurors that represent renown development organizations reviews the best entries regarding the innovative technical and entrepreneurial approach and the solutions’ potential social impact. The Award winners get connected to the jurors’ organizations and receive access to respective programs and support opportunities of the empowering people. Network. The top three winners are awarded 50,000 Euros (1st), 30,000 Euros (2nd) and 20,000 Euros (3rd). In addition, 20 runner-ups are awarded a sum of 5,000 Euros each.

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Award 2016

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Discover training materials of the last epOnsite workshops on 'Market Research & Customer Relations' as well as on 'External communications'.

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empowering people. Onsite

Social entrepreneurs face complex challenges in organization, market or administration. To equip teams working onsite, the Network offers skills training and practical advice to help social businesses work more efficiently. The so called "empowering people.Onsite" is a regionally-based and hands-on program of training opportunities. The epOnsite workshops cover the diverse geographical locations of our epNetwork members and deal with different topics, they provide relevant knowledge and a forum to discuss problems of daily work.


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The self-assessment online-tool SAMforSE provides helpful self-analysis on 11 aspects of relevance for impact-driven businesses and organizations. It is geared toward the ecosystem and business model of social enterprises. The aim of the advisory process is to provide social enterprises with deeper insights and sound recommendations for their business.  An additional help & support -section presents a selection of webinars, tutorials and useful contacts. SAMforSE is combined with a voucher support program that offers an expert consultancy contingent.

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epExpert Opportunities


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empowering people. Expert Service

From time to time especially small organizations face large challenges in their development due to either an unavailability of the skills needed or simply because they cannot afford the fitting workforce. The “empowering people. Expert Service” program is looking for specialists voluntarily donating their time and skill set and thereby addressing these issues twofold. Firstly the program enables the members of the network to address a wide range of potentially fitting specialists through a joint call out for experteers and secondly it equips the organizations through the free of charge provision of proven specialists and their respective workforce.


The online Bootcamp is a free capacity building opportunity designed to fit the needs of Social Entrepreneurs, working in developing countries, and aims to provide them with insights and tools on how to best develop inclusive innovations. 

It is designed as a training of four modules over a four-week period. Each module consists of videos, background reading material and an assignment and provides room to interact with other course participants and experts who will also comment on assignments. Participants have a chance to be selected as winner of 4x 1 hour of personal coaching. It is implemented in collaboration with the Inclusive Business Accelerator.

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Working in cooperation with partner organizations, the Network offers online bootcamps on diverse topics such as inclusive business and the prevalent challenges faced by those working in the field.

epWorkshop in Nairobi

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empowering people. Workshop


Leveraging the power of collective knowledge, our “empowering people. Workshop” provides a platform for social entrepreneurs to come together and exchange ideas and experience. Held at different points around the globe, the workshops specialize in various topics and provide expert-based learning.