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Dear friends and members of the empowering people. Network,

People ask for data, but believe in stories! And we know that passionate entrepreneurs have a lot to tell about their entrepreneurial journey, about ups and downs, about their ideas, their motivation and the impact they create for people and communities. Together with experts on developmental work and storytelling we have created impressing entrepreneurial stories about several epNetwork members – get to know them from a very individual and authentic perspective!  

The shortlist of our empowering people. Award is another exciting story book! 23 amazing solutions that have the power to make a difference for many people are showcased on our website and you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite projects and thereby determine the winner of the Community Prize. Don’t miss this chance to dive in our Award shortlist and to discover the three basic supply projects you love most!
You can join us virtually via online stream when the winner will be announced along with the top three winners at our Award Ceremony in Berlin on October 6, 2016.

Stay tuned!

Your epNetwork team


empowering people. Award

Join us live at the empowering people. Award Ceremony in Berlin, 6 October

Intelligent technical solutions with sound business approaches provide rich opportunities for job creation, enhanced basic supply and perspectives for regional development. Every finalist of the international competition empowering people. Award offers promising opportunities to improve peoples' lives. Siemens Stiftung is delighted to invite you to join us via facebook live-stream at the Award Ceremony of the empowering people. Award on 6 October 2016 in Berlin.

Follow us on facebook to stay up to date!

Cast your vote!

Take the time to look at the 23 amazing innovations of the empowering people. Award finalists and vote for your favorite solution. Your winner could be awarded the additional Community Prize and win equipment to the value of 3,000 Euro at the empowering people. Award Ceremony.

Support your favorite solution by casting your vote here.


Articles & Interviews

Sun meets Water - SuMeWa|SYSTEM

Thanks to Tea after Twelve for a great article about epNetwork-member AUTARCON and their solution for safe drinking water. SuMeWa|SYSTEM (from Sun Meets Water) is a fully solar-PV-driven technical unit that is capable to pump, filtrate and disinfect water for safe drinking-water supply.

Read the article here.

Four Technologies that turn waste into energy

Our friends from E4C reviewed four technologies that turn waste into energy: wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, incineration and microbial fuel cells. As a bonus, E4C included a summary of two other widely used methods at the end of the article.

Read more here.

Smart Hydro Power made in India

epNetwork member Smart Hydro Power has teamed up with Mumbai-based transformer manufacturing company IMP Powers in India to locally manufacture Smart Hydro’s in-stream SMART turbines. The turbines are powered by kinetic energy.

Read more about the news from India here.

Research paper: "A cost comparison of technology approaches for improving access to electricity services"

The UN's Sustainable Energy For All initiative has made universal access to energy by 2030 a key target. This paper by The KTH Royal Institute of Technology presents a simple, transparent, least-cost model for the electrification of rural areas.

Read the whole paper here.

Hippo Water Roller wins 2016 African Rural Portable Water Solutions Product Leadership Award

epNetwork member Hippo Water Roller is one of the winners of the 2016 Growth, Innovation & Leadership Awards by Frost and Sullivan. The Hippo Water Roller is an innovative design of a container that improves water transportation.

Read more here.

The Water Report 2016

The Water Report 2016 takes on the highly current, and sometimes parallel, issues of water and migration. While we are witnessing some of the largest refugee flows since the Second World War, water crises are highlighted as one of the most pressing global challenges.

Read the report here.


Storytelling Workshop at the SEED Africa Symposium 2016

Join the Storytelling Workshop by Siemens Sitftung on 29 September! 

Stories are things that people know, love, and remember, and when thinking about a business they know, facts and figures are secondary. Learn how to tell your individual core business story and how to present the "passionate fact" of your business at the Storytelling Workshop on 29 September 2016 at the SEED Africa Symposium in Nairobi.

The first part of the workshop is devoted to the real-life stories of two social enterprises: the Fish Farm, located in South Africa, and Echo Mobile from Kenya. With their personal “story-collectors”, the CEOs of these two businesses will show how the development of their business can be told as a fascinating adventure story.

Find further information about the workshop and register for the SEED Africa Symposium, 28-29 September, here!


Events, Dates & More

Apply to #Accelerate2030!

Five entrepreneurs, selected with the support of the global Impact Hub network, will have the opportunity to present their ventures at the Social Good Summit Geneva, Switzerland on 6 October 2016. During their stay in Geneva they will be connected with a dynamic ecosystem committed to scaling innovative ideas that accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.

Find more information and apply here.

Introduction to Engineering for Global Development - New Online Course

This self-paced course by our friends from E4C prepares technically trained people to design and deploy impact-driven solutions for underserved communities around the world. epNetwork members can access the course for free and qualify for a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) upon completion of all four modules!

Read more and register here.

2016 SEED Awards in India - Apply by 20 September!

Two SEED Awards will be made available for eco-inclusive enterprises in India. More specifically, for the 2016 SEED Awards in India, SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally-led small and growing eco-inclusive enterprises in India that are active in the following two sectors: Waste Management and Green ICT.

Learn more here and apply until 20 September.

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