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Dear friends and members of the empowering people. Network,

This monthly epUpdate is yours! It provides you with specific support opportunities that you can take part in. You can also find interesting news on your peers in the Network or explore topics and developments that further you and your organization.

Enjoy the reading!

Your empowering people. Network team


From the idea to the investor - Register now for the next webinar!

New webinar series

Join us in the second webinar of our new webinar series for social entrepreneurs. The topic will be:  "Why good preparation is necessary and what you need for a proof of concept".

Date/Time: 22 February 2017,  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ECT)

Find further information and register here.


SAMforSE - Apply for a € 2000 coaching voucher!

The Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs

SAMforSE is a free tool for Social Entrepreneurs developed by Siemens Stiftung to assess an organization's strengths and points of improvement. Evaluate your organization and apply for a free coaching voucher now! Get started on www.samforse.org.


The epExpert Service - Volunteer your skills!

The epExpert Service by Siemens Stiftung connects highly skilled professionals to epNetwork member organizations in the field that need specific expertise. Accepted Experts will have their travel costs and lodging covered.

- Opportunity for professional coffee roasters: Develop a roasting profile that best suits the kind of coffee, customers, and machinery of Café Compadre. Apply here!

- Opportunity for entrepreneurial engineers: Design a training program for Smart Hydro Power to teach entrepreneurs how to make efficient use of electricity. Apply here!


News from the Network and beyond

Webinar video: How to transform from a donation-based project into a sustainable social enterprise

On January 17, we hosted the first webinar of our new webinar series. The topic was: “How to transform from a donation-based project into a sustainable social enterprise". Watch the whole webinar here.

epAward - Winning solutions 2016 brochure available online

From over 800 submissions for the empowering people. Award our experts selected the 23 most promising projects. You can now access the official brochure presenting 2016's exceptional winning solutions online. Read it here.

Leveraged Freedom Chair - The Mountain Bike of Wheelchairs

The Leveraged Freedom Chair was designed at MIT to help people with physical disabilities in developing countries. It uses a unique lever drivetrain which enables it to travel over extremely rough terrain. The MIT Alumni’s Slice of MIT blog offers a great insight into the project. Learn more here!

Interview:  Videobooks in Sign Language

We talked to Silvana Bonnet, Communication Manager of Canales Asociación Civil, about the epAward winning solution Videobooks in Sign Language. The solution enables deaf children access to literature and reading. Read the interview on the epN Blog.

Connected Solar Clinic to enhance healthcare in refugee populated Mafraq, Jordan

The Connected Solar Clinic is a medical center that has been developed by Siemens Stiftung and Solarkiosk AG for off-grid health care provision in underdeveloped regions. The Clinic just opened in Mafraq, Jordan, to provide access to healthcare to 75 people per day. Learn more about the Connected Solar Clinic here.

The Global Solar Atlas - How to figure out a country's potential for solar power generation

Understanding solar resource is crucial for the development of solar energy applications. The Global Solar Atlas is provided by the World Bank Group and aims to provide quick and easy access to solar resource data globally, at a click of a mouse. Find more information here.

Hybrid funding models  - Boosting your growth with hybrid fuel

What’s the ideal engine to speed up your social vehicle? While many social entrepreneurs are not aware of their options, there is a suitable funding model for everyone. Take a look at the different funding models available for social entrepreneurs presented by Fase in this epN blog post.

Groasis - How to plant trees in the desert

epAward winner Groasis is an inexpensive integrated planting technology allowing reforestation in very arid, degraded areas. Consisting mainly of a 20-litre box, GT is placed around a young seedling at the transplanting stage. Learn more about the project in this Spanish online article.

Eco@Africa – The Environment Magazine

Eco@Africa, the environment magazine by German global broadcaster Deutsche Welle, showcases innovative concepts and best practice projects from Africa and Europe and presents environment and climate change ideas that inspire others to get active. Watch the magazine here.

Solar startup ARED empowers Rwandans with “business in a box”

The Mobile Solar Kiosk is a mobile charging point, which can be attached to bicycles and mopeds. The “business in a box” solar kiosk platform enables Rwandans to start their own businesses by charging phones and selling virtual top-ups. Read more here.

MAPS G110 becomes MAPS AgRover

epAward winner Maps G110 has rebranded! The utility vehicle approriate for farmers and agri businesses is now MAPS AgRover. Learn more about MAPS AgRover on our Solutions Database and read a news story about the project in the US here.


Events, Dates & More

Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017 in South Africa

On March 13-16, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and policymakers from more than 160 countries will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. Find further information and register here.

2017 SAG-SEED Awards - Apply until 8 March!

SEED has launched the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green (SAG)-SEED Awards for innovative eco-inclusive start-up enterprises that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level. Enterprises can apply until 8 March 2017. Find further information and apply here.

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