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Dear friends and members of the ep.Network- Community,

“Empowering people” means for us that we aim to connect like-minded peers, potential partners and specialists and that we promote ingenious solutions towards those who need them. It means that we supply Network members with individual support and coaching opportunities and in particular that we invite them to trainings and workshops for capacity building and knowledge exchange.

Mid-September we offer two further training units that focus on issues crucial for social enterprises and organizations who want to develop their business towards financial independence and self-sustainability: Customer identification, practicable market research methods, effective marketing and successful distribution strategies.

Together with the IB Accelerator, the “empowering people. Network” invites interested inventors and entrepreneurs to an online training, the Bootcamp on Market Research”. Participants will have the chance to strengthen their abilities using a variety of tools to develop a marketing and distribution strategy. They will also be able to interact with experts and participants from businesses around the world. The Bootcamp is free of charge, starts on the 15th September and allows flexible personal scheduling of the trainings sessions. Don’t miss to register below.

In parallel with the Bootcamp another “ep.Onsite” training will take place in Bishoftu, Ethiopia, from September 13-16th which will gather about twenty Network members from East Africa. The topic is similar:  Customer and Market. Stay tuned via #epOnsite!


Bootcamp on improving your sales strategy through data

Are you a social entrepreneur looking to improve reaching low-income customers?

IB Accelerator and Siemens Stiftung host this online bootcamp that will take you through modules in which you get access to the latest insights on business modelling, market research and marketing and distribution.

You will spend approximately 3 hours per week including ~1 hour of individual online reading.

  • September 15th, 2015: Module 1 - Business modelling
  • September 22nd, 2015: Module 2 - Market research
  • September 30th 2015: Module 3 - Marketing to the BoP
  • October 6th, 2015: Module 4 - Distribution to the BoP

Registration is open until September 11th, 2015. Register here...


Articles & Interviews

Interview with Carola Schwank

Carola is Head of the epNetwork and in charge of the "empowering people. Award 2015" - she gives us some insights into the Award procedure and explains how an award can contribute to solve basic need problems.

Read the interview here...

The Guardian: "Make water run uphill.."

epN member AIDFI has won the RELX Environmental Challenge 2015 (congratulations!), reason enough for the Guardian to tell the story of AIDFI in the Philippines.

Read the story here...

Interview with our colleague Lukas Socarras

Our colleague Lukas was interviewed to the potential of entrepreneurship in Latin America and how initiatives as the "empowering people. Award 2015" can provide a spark to this development.

Download to the interview here...

River turbines replace diesel irrigation pumps in Colombia

The Inclusive Business Accelerator reports about the newest activities of our epNetwork member Smart Hydro Power who replaces fossil power irrigation pumps with sustainable river turbines in Colombia.

Read more here...


Events & Dates

SEED Africa Symposium 2015

September 9th-10th in Nairobi, Kenya

"Building Bridges for Impact"

The registration for the SEED Africa Symposium is still open! Take part in an international forum for sharing knowledge and experience, establishing partnerships, and developing solutions to stimulate the growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship.

Register here...

Ashoka Globalizer

September 25th in Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Bringing Health Care Solutions to Low-income Markets"

The registration for the Ashoka Globalizer is still open. Register to be part of the Sector Dialogue at the Ecosystem Day of the 2nd Globalizer on Economic Inclusion in Latin America.

Register here...

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