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The "empowering people. Award" 2015 starts soon...

Dear friends of the "empowering people Network",

We are proud to announce to you the start of the "empowering people. Award 2015" on July 1st, 2015 at 4pm CET!

We would be happy if you join our live online launch event and tune in to the livestream of the launch event on our website!   (Convert to your time and save to calender)

Following the first round in 2012/2013, the Award is again on the lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas. Inventors and social entrepreneurs are called upon to submit their simple tech innovations and related business strategies in eight categories.

Siemens Stiftung has, since the last award, developed the Solutions Database showcasing the most promising innovations - your projects!

Application period starts on July 1st!

We are looking forward to virtually meeting you in a few days!

Your "empowering people. Network" - Team


Articles & Interviews

Five questions with Sabine Baumeister

Our team-member Sabine was interviewed by E4C. In the interview she explains why it is a crucial part of our endeavor to locate and to make the different solutions in the area of basic needs visible on an international stage.

Read the interview here...

Interview with Bertil van Vugt

“The Inclusive Business Accelerator supports social entrepreneurs to connect to investors” - In this interview ,Bertil van Vugt, Director of V4C talks about the new initiative "Inclusive Business Accelerator" and connection points of different networks.

Read the interview here...

Trip of Jompy Water Boiler-Team to Uganda

The Jompy Water Boiler, one of the winners of the Award 2012 went to Uganda to monitor an older project in Kabale, to meet partners and to train a group of girls within a "Woman Empowerment" program.

Visit their project page on our Website here...

Important players in the fight against global poverty

Following their large-scale study "Taking the Pulse of the Social Enterprise Landscape in Developing and Emerging Economies", Aline Wachner, Tim Weiss and Lisa Hanley published the most striking results in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Read their publication here...


New on the epN Solution Database


TriCiclos formalizes and trains street waste pickers to become social entrepreneurs...



IBEKA builds electricity and helps to develop the economic potential in the local communities...



TRIEX is a b2b company devoted to special waste management in Uruguay...



Events, dates & more

Engineering for Change (E4C) Webinar

June 24th, 2015  - 11:00 am EDT or 05:00 pm CET

"Development Work in Developed Countries"

  • The trend toward mobile-only (smartphone) access to the Internet;
  • Problems of Internet access in urban areas including cost, digital literacies, and overburdened public access facilities;
  • Issues of Internet access in rural areas including infrastructure and policy issues

 Register here...

(B)trained and start your own social biogas business in your country.

(B)energy offers a full biogas training, theory and practice, to equip (B)ginners and future (B)franchisees with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to start their own (B)energy franchise business and make mobile biogas technology accessible to many more people.

Register now on www.be-nrg.com



For ANDE-members: Webinar with Tim Weiss and Aline Wachner

June 25th - 11:00 am EDT or 05:00 pm CET

"Taking the Pulse of the Social Enterprise Landscape in Developing and Emerging Economies"

ANDE invited Aline Wachner and Tim Weiss from Zeppelin University, who will share highlights from their new report. The study from ZU and Siemens Stiftung provides for the first time data that evaluates the ability of social enterprises to satisfy the basic needs of poor populations.

Register here...

Last but not least...
Launch of the "empowering people. Award 2015"

July 1st - 04:00 pm CET

As mentioned above, the start of the application period for the Award 2015 will be celebrated with former winners, some supporters of the network and the Stiftung's-team in Munich - and is streamed to the world.

Please join us by watching the event LIVE!

You will find the link to the stream here...

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