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empowering people. Award: Submission period closed!

Dear friends and members of the epNetwork-Community,

The submission period for the “empowering people. Award 2015“ was closed last month and we are happy about more than 800 entries from 88 different countries! This shows the immense creativity and motivation of inventors and entrepreneurs all over the world who are driven by the willingness to improve people’s daily life through their work. We thank all of you who have submitted a solution, nominated a solution in your environment or helped to spread the word about the Award. The “empowering people” community is strong and alive! You can find more information and statistics on the Award here: http://www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/en/award/.

During the next month, we will start the in-depth evaluation – together with expert partners from the fields of technology, development work and social entrepreneurship. In summer we will present the shortlist and will not only invite the jury to select the top three winners, but all of you to vote for your favorite solution that will win the Community Prize. Stay tuned!

Today we would like to give you an overview of the latest developments in our “empowering people. Network” and invite you to attend our upcoming “Bootcamp” on “Inclusive Innovation”. We are sure the benefit of this four-week online training will be worth the effort and time you invest. Register now!

Your epNetwork team


Bootcamp on "Inclusive Innovation" - Register now!

Discover, define, develop and deliver the next breakthrough innovation for BoP markets

The online bootcamp will take you through modules in which you get access to the latest industry insights on Inclusive Innovation. You will have the chance to strengthen your capabilities and use a variety of tools to discover, define, develop and deliver inclusive innovations. Participants get to interact with experts and participants from businesses around the world.

Registration is open until 31 March 2016. The online bootcamp will take place from April 4th until May 1st. For more information and to register, please visit HTTPS://IBA.VENTURES/BOOTCAMP, find more information here or download the flyer.


"Solar for All" Contest: Special Prize by Siemens Stiftung

Apply now! 2nd "Solar for All" Contest

Siemens Stiftung will feature a Special Prize of 10,000 € and an invitation to join the "empowering people. Network” in the "Solar for All" Contest 2016 by Canopus Foundation in cooperation with the Fraunhofer ISE.

Deadline: May 1st, 2016. Apply now!

More information here...


Articles & interviews

Database of Inclusive Business publications

A new site, searchinclusivebusiness.org, has just been launched. It brings together over 1,300 reports, case studies, tools and factsheets about inclusive business, searchable by region, topic, type, sector or year published. Search for your sector or your region, and discover publications that you had missed.  Or check if your favourites are there, and tell the team what’s missing.

Great news for epN member SimGas!

The World Bank’s Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) signs its first Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with SimGas. The agreement on the purchase of 500,000 Certified Emission Reductions, generated by SimGas’ biogas systems in Kenya, will improve the affordability for rural households to invest in the self-empowering technology of biogas.

Read more here...

"Se necesitan empresas que gestionen residuos sin peligro ambiental"

Ana Luisa Arocena, CEO of epN member TRIEX explains in this interview her motives for founding the Chamber of waste managing companies (Cámara de Empresas Gestoras de Residuos) in Uruguay.

Read the interview here (Spanish)...

"Today, Rwanda is developing into a great country full of opportunities"

In this interview, Henri Nyakarundi, inventor of the Mobile Charging Kiosk, tells about his experiences of having returned to his home country Rwanda and how a simple yet clever business idea can change the lives of many.

Read more here...

OneDollarGlasses keeps developing further

The winner of the "empowering people. Award 2012", OneDollarGlasses keeps developing and improving its approach and stays present in the Media - which helps expand the circle of people knowing about and supporting the project.

Read the article here (German)...

Social Entrepreneurs: Innovators for Impact

Our partners from Schwab Foundation launched a video campaign called Social Entrepreneurs: Innovators for Impact. Have a look at this platform, where social entrepreneurs share their experiences - with, among them, Krista Donaldson from epNetwork member D-Rev and Gonzalo Munoz from epNetwork member TriCiclos.

"50 African Entrepreneurs for off-grid energy"

Former Bootcamp participant and epNetwork member Derrick Hosea, founder and CEO of OneLamp, won the  latest round of funding for the Off-Grid Challenge in Uganda. The Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge, now in its third year, has awarded $5.0 million to 50 African owned and managed energy companies across the continent. More information here...


Events, dates & more

2016 SEED Awards - Apply now!

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally-led start-up social and environmental enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.

Read more here and apply by March 21st, 2016.

Engineering for Change (E4C) Webinar

Spring 2016: Mobile Date Collection Webinar Series With Berkeley Development Impact Lab (DiL)

Feb. 10, 17 - March 10, 16 - April 7, 13

It will provide participants with an introduction to a sample of survey software tools transforming the collection of data for international development research and how they might implement each tool within their own work.

Register here...

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