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Dear friends and members of the ep.Network - Community,

Reaching low-income customers is essential to unfold the social impact of your product and to help your business grow and prosper. More than 140 social entrepreneurs and innovators have registered to our online bootcamp on market research that we currently run together with IB Accelerator (supported by BoPInc, endeva and VC4A). Good insights and fruitful learnings for all “Bootcampers” among you!

Also our latest ep.Onsite in Bishoftu/Ethiopia focused on the crucial topic of “Market Research & Customer Insight”. About twenty participants went home to daily business with a declared aim: to focus more intensely on market issues and customer aspects.

Last but not least one important piece of information for everybody who has no solution ready to submit to the “empowering people. Award 2015” but still wants to be part of the Award Ceremony 2016. Just nominate the invention of a friend, peer or partner with the hashtag #ENTERepA2015 and you have the chance to win a trip to our Award Ceremony in a country yet to be defined!

Good luck!

Your epNetwork team


empowering people. Onsite in Bishoftu, Ethiopia - Sept. 13-16

One activity within our "empowering people. Network" is a regionally based and hands-on oriented format of training opportunities: the “empowering people. Onsite”. After two workshops on “communications” in Uganda and Colombia, we again met inspiring entrepreneurs from our network in East Africa, September 13-16. In cooperation with our partner adelphi, the topic was “Market research & customer insights”. This time we were in Bishoftu, Ethiopia to meet 19 network members from 7 different countries from the region.

Get some impressions on Storify or on our Website and follow further developments on #epOnsite!


Bootcamp on market research - Sept. 15-Oct. 6

Together with IB Accelerator and supported by endeva, BoPInc and VC4Africa we are holding our first free online Bootcamp! Sabine Baumeister from Siemens Stiftung explains what it’s all about. Watch it here...


Interviews at the launch event of the epA in Munich

Our launch event for the "empowering people. Award" this July not only served to solemnly declare the starting point of the application period, but also to meet inspiring entrepreneurs from the network. Watch the interviews with Jakob Schillinger from OneDollarGlasses and Marius Weckel from Smart Hydro Power here:


Articles & interviews

Interview with Karen von Bismarck

We got to talk to one of our jury members, Karen von Bismarck from the Technology Exchange Lab about the benefits of cooperation between networks in finding 'solutions without borders'.

Read more here...

Congratulations to Embrace and OneDollarGlasses!

In this year's Tech Awards, our network members got awarded! Embrace won the Laureate Impact Award and OneDollarGlasses received the Sobrato Organization Economic Development Award!

Soon: the brand new E4C solutions database!

Our partners from Engineering for Change are going to launch their new solutions database soon. Stay tuned - you might find projects you recognize from the epNetwork, but also a whole lot of new ones!


Events, dates & more

Engineering for Change (E4C) Webinar

Check out the latest webinar of our partners from E4C:

"Off-grid Energy Solutions: The Role of Services in Driving Adoption"

Find out more here...

Register now: GSBS 2015 in Berlin

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 will be taking place from November 4-6 in Berlin, Germany.

"Creating a world without poverty and unemployment"

Read more here...

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