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Dear friends and members of the empowering people. Network,

In our March Update you will discover not only the latest news about your peers in the empowering people. Network but also interesting opportunities for you and your organization – Explore and apply!


empowering people. Network team


From the Idea to the Investor - Register now for the next webinar!

New webinar series

Join us in the third webinar of our new webinar series for social entrepreneurs. The topic will be: "What to consider when getting your business plan ready".

Date/Time: 29 March 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CET).

Find further information and register here!

In addition you can watch the past webinar here.


Storytelling workshop for social entrepreneurs - Apply now!

Learn how to tell your business story

Siemens Stiftung is pleased to invite you to apply for a social entrepreneurs’ workshop on “Stories about us – how to tell your business narrative” on 26 April in Kampala, Uganda. 20 applicants will be selected to receive a free workshop spot worth € 650/person.

Learn more and apply here until 31 March.


Storytelling workshop for trainers - Apply now!

Run your own storytelling workshop

Siemens Stiftung is pleased to invite nominations for a Training of Trainers workshop on “Stories about us – how to tell your business narrative” on 24-25 April in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day training will enable you to apply a variety of storytelling tools, learn how to conduct narrative interviews and run your own workshop.

Learn more and apply here until 31 March.


News from the Network and beyond

Video: Why good preparation is necessary and what you need for a proof of concept

On 22 February, we hosted the second webinar of our new webinar series for social entrepreneurs. The topic was: "Why good preparation is necessary and what you need for a proof of concept". Watch the whole webinar here.

On the (rough) road to development - MAPS AgRover

epAward winner MAPS AgRover is a utility vehicle geared towards farmers in developing regions. It is more affordable than a car, can carry more people than a motorcycle, and rests on a stable chassis with options for utility attachments. Learn more about the AgRover in this interview.

OneDollarGlasses - Visionary solution for 150M people

Worldwide, approx. 150 million people would need a pair of glasses, but can not afford it. The 2013 epAward winning OneDollarGlasses consist of a lightweight, flexible frame and prefab lenses and can be locally manufactured with simple bending machines. The material costs: approx. 1 US $. Watch a project slideshow by the World Economic Forum here.

GiftedMom - SMS service for pregnant women and mothers

By combining SMS and voice reminders with curative GPS-integrated tricycle solutions, epAward winner GiftedMom aims to end preventable maternal and infant deaths. Watch GiftedMom's developer story in this video and learn more about the solution in this article.

The Mobile Solar Kiosk - Thinking outside the (service) box…

2013's epAward winner Mobile Solar Kiosk (MSK) is a mobile charging point, which can be attached to bicycles and mopeds. It offers a micro solution to quickly charge cell phones for people on the go, using solar energy. Explore the solution in this video and visit our blog to read an interview with MSK's Founder Henri Nyakarundi.

Low-tech lifesavers: Bempu - Hypothermia Monitoring Device.

epAward 1st winner Bempu is a temperature monitoring wristband for hypothermic babies that empowers parents to better manage their newborn's health. Read more about the lifesaving solution in this article or watch the award winner's video.

Increasing income with hydro-powered irrigation

epAward winner Barsha Pump is a sustainable irrigation solution using the flow of rivers and canals. The waterwheel utilizes the energy from the flow of rivers and canals to pump water, regardless of the flow velocity. Read more about the Netherlands based solution in this [Dutch] article or explore its epNetwork project page.


Events, Dates and more

Startup Reactor, Egypt - Apply now!

Startup Reactor is a 5­-month program aimed at supporting and accelerating startups in Egypt with a high potential for accelerated growth. Three participating startups will additionally be awarded 15,000 Euros in cash prizes. Find further information and apply until 1 April here.

MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference - Register now!

MIT Scaling Development Ventures convenes inspiring social entrepreneurs to explore strategies, models, and resources that can help development ventures achieve scale for significant social impact. The conference will take place on 28 April. Find more information and register here.

Accelerator to improve health and safety - Apply now!

The Prevention With Impact Accelerator by AXA and Impact Hub is an initiative with the goal of empowering people to live better lives through efforts to prevent health and safety risks. It will award one outstanding venture with a personalized acceleration program, professional consultancy and €50,000 to scale. Learn more and apply here.

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