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Dear friends and members of the empowering people. Network,

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

Your empowering people. Network team


Webinar on how to approach investors - Register now!

How to find investors for your organization's growth

Join us in the final webinar of our webinar series for social entrepreneurs. The topic will be: “How to approach investors when looking for growth capital”.

Date/Time: 10 May 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (CET).

Find further information and register here!


News from the Network and Beyond

Volunteer tech support for AIDFI - epExpert Service

epExpert Brian Finnerty spent four months with the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) in the Philippines to volunteer his skills and help them develop a computer based system to further spread the technology of their ram pump system. Learn about Brian's mission and about the epExpert Service this video.

Tackling the challenges of hardware start-ups

Are you working on a manufacturing startup idea, are familiar with the tech startup scene, but don’t have a ton of experience in the manufacturing sector? The CFO/COO of an indoor farming startup shares his experiences in this blogpost.

5 Best Sales Practices for BoP Customers

Targeting consumers and organizations at the bottom-of-the-pyramid (BoP) comes with a unique set of things to consider, especially for social enterprises. Learn more about how to approach challenges on the BoP market in an online discussion and an advice article here.

TakaTaka Solutions - Affordable waste services for everybody

In many countries the public sector struggles to run an effective and efficient waste management system. Nairobi-based epNetwork member TakaTaka Solutions provides end-to-end waste management services to all income areas. Learn more about the solution in this video report.

Interview with aQysta's co-founder Pratap Thapa

Find out why Nepal, a land of 6,000 rivers, has trouble providing irrigation to riparian lands capable of being farmed and how epNetwork member aQysta developed a water wheel that allows previously non-irrigated land along rivers to become irrigable. Listen to the interview here (from 15min30s).

Entrepreneurship 101

The African Entrepreneurship Award offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea for one. On their website they offer "Entrepreneurship 101" advice for social entrepreneurs - short and to the point. Read more here.

The Art of Storytelling - People ask for data, but believe in stories

On 18 May, Siemens Stiftung and Impact Hub will come together to learn about different tools for successful storytelling before applying these tools and exploring different opportunities for implementation in different contexts. Learn more about the art of storytelling and its importance for businesses in these stories.


Opportunities, Events, Dates

Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape - Apply before 30 September

This competition is a quest to find new models of global cooperation capable of handling global risks. It will award US$5 million in prizes for the best ideas that re-envision global governance for the 21st century. Read more and apply here.

XL Africa Program - Apply until 12 June!

XL Africa is a business acceleration program aimed at identifying and investing between $250K and $1.5m into 20 startups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from the capital, the successful 20 startups will receive mentoring, increase their visibility, and get access to potential partners and investors. Learn more and apply here.

Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation call for proposals - Apply until 2 June

The Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation aims to contribute to the sustainable improvement of social, economic and ecological structures in the global south. Applications for project funding will be accepted from initiatives in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, India, Rwanda and Egypt. Learn more and apply here.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017 – Apply before 1 June

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge invites green start-ups in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship to submit their sustainable business plans. The winner will receive €500K, the runner-up will receive €200K. Find out more and apply here.

Webinar - Decentralized Energy Solutions Focusing on Lighting and Power in Humanitarian Settings

This webinar on 24 May will highlight best practices for the nexus of energy access and humanitarian relief, particularly focusing on the timely and appropriate distribution of decentralized energy solutions for lighting and power. Find further information and register here.

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