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Dear friends and members of the “empowering people. Network”,

Our Network is yours! All our activities and modules are designed to make your idea and organization thrive!

Probably the most powerful tool we have on offer is one we have developed together with a focus group of experts throughout the past year SAMforSE enables you to carry out a self-evaluation of your organization across eleven core dimensions of social business development such as innovation, risk management, marketing & sales or value chain integration.

Experience of our networks members indicates that you need to calculate only up to one hour to work yourself through the assessment – it will be worth your while! 

SAMforSE not only generates your personalized profile outlining the strength and weaknesses of your organization but also offers the opportunity to take part in a personal coaching program, which is conducted by professional local consultants.

Enjoy reading and please stay tuned,
Your epNetwork team


SAMforSE voucher program - Apply now!

Application for free of charge Personal Coaching Program! Deadline extended until July 31!

SAMforSE - the Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs by Siemens Stiftung has extended the application deadline for its free of charge Personal Coaching Program (voucher-program).

Complete the SAMforSE self-assessment questionnaire and apply for the free Personal Coaching Program for social entrepreneurs here.


Articles & interviews

Creative Capacity Building - Interview with Amy Smith from MIT D-Lab

News from our friends at MIT D-Lab: D-Lab Founder and Co-Director Amy Smith took some time with D-Lab Partnerships Coordinator Dana Gorodetsky to discuss the origin, goals, and evolution Creative Capacity Building– and some special “aha” moments she had along the way.

Read the interview here!

Renewables 2016 Global Status Report

The REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century), a global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network, just released the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report. The report illustrates credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy. Watch the report's summary on youtube and read the whole report here.

6 questions for future changemakers

Do you want to change the world? You have an idea already but what to do next?

Fast Company's article "6 Questions To Ask Before You Start A Social Enterprise" will help you implement your idea and make an impact!

Read the article here and get started!


News on epN members and partners

25 Years of the Hippo Water Roller - Congratulations!

"empowering people. Network" member Hippo Water Roller celebrates 25 years of alleviating the daily struggle of many women and children who collect water far away from their home.

And we have even more positive news: Thanks to joint efforts of Africa Directo, Siemens Stiftung and the Hippo Water Roller team, the first water rollers are now delivered to northern Uganda.

Read more about the Hippo Water Roller here (German) or on our solutions database and watch the video about the low-tech innovation here.

Communities solving local challenges with local solutions: IDIN innovation center partners

IDIN innovation center partners are local community organizations that connect the people around them to critical resources they need to support their design, fabrication, and entrepreneurial explorations. Get to know the IDIN Innovation Center Partners in this new video.

The "empowering people. Network" is happy to be collaborating with IDIN: In May/June some very inspiring members of IDIN participated in the "empowering people. Onsite" in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Events, dates & more

Acumen Regional Fellows Program - Apply now!

Want to embark on a leadership journey? Join the Acumen Fellows Programs and be part of a community of leaders that challenge the status quo, work across lines of difference, and inspire their communities to believe in a brighter future.

Applications for the class of 2017 will be open June 13 – August 1, 2016. Find more information and apply here.

E4C free webinars in July - Register now!

The latest webinars in the E4C webinar series deal with the Business Model Canvas for Social Innovation and the work of the international organization Engineers Without Borders.

July 12: Using the Lean Business Model for Social Innovation - register here.

July 29: Jobs for Change: Engineers Without Borders Around the Globe - register here.

Startup Reactor accelerator program Egypt - Take Your Startup to the Next Level!

The Startup Reactor is a 5­-month program aimed at supporting and accelerating startups in Egypt with a high potential for accelerated growth. 25 startups will qualify for the First Bootcamp Stage and will receive mentorship and training. The top 3 startups will receive 10,000 Euros worth of cash prizes and investment opportunities from Innoventures and VC4Africa.

Application deadline is July 15. Apply here.

ren21 free webinar on The Global Status of Renewable Energy - Register now!

Find out what made 2016 another record year for renewables and for solar in particular in ren21's webinar on The Global Status of Renewable Energy, July 19.

Read more and register here!

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