Ecosystem

Pioneers of Change – Community of Innovators With Social Mission

“Pomali is a Caribbean island in the midst of Lower Austria.” says Martin Kirchner in an interview for a podcast and starts to laugh right after finishing this sentence. This statement about the co-housing project he founded and built with other progressive Austrians reveals his humorous, enthusiastic and smart personality. Martin Kirchner and his family …

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European Youth Award: Join the Movement!

Officially established in 2012 by Peter A. Bruck the EYA is a European-wide movement of and for young innovators that organizes several activities and events throughout the year: its flagship initiatives, the EYA contest and the festival winners event, coding events like SHacks (social hackathons) and game jams, the Youth for Innovation student programs, mentorship …

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National Association of Young Entrepreneurs in Mozambique – Raise of the Young Mozambican Entrepreneurs

The National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (Associação Nacional de Jovens Empresários de Moçambique – ANJE), founded in February 2010, is a non-profit organization, formed by about 600 young entrepreneurs and beginners, from 18 to 35 years of age, whose goal is to promote youth entrepreneurship through business training and advocacy for a youth-friendly business environment. …

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ACB – Associação Comercial da Beira (Beira Commercial Association)

Innovative Business Association Commercial Associations are normally not the point of origin for an innovative start-up environment. Why should it be this one? Let´s start with the basic facts: ACB – The Beira Commercial Association is a non-profit business representation organisation whose main objective is to represent and help entrepreneurs in the Sofala province by …

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Austria: How High Living Standards Can Restrain the SE Ecosystem

Austria’s social entrepreneurship scene is small but dynamic. The main reason why the sector is still in its early stage is the relatively high level of social welfare and low level of unemployment, which might impact the perceived need for new actors and innovative solutions. Social businesses are largely absent from the traditional welfare sectors …

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Elevate Trust – Creating Platforms for Innovation

Elevate Trust – Creating Platforms for Innovation The social enterprise incubator – Elevate Trust was founded by Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni, Sicelo Dube in 2016. “Elevate Trust was born out of Sicelo Dude, the Stem Lady’s passion to see young entrepreneurs’ ideas developed into market ready products” – explains Tawanda Njini, a project manager at Elevate …

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Choosing Home – the Story of Rudo Nyangulu-Mungofa, Founder of Stimulus

Based out of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, the social business incubator Stimulus is 8 years old, founded in 2011 by a young woman named Rudo Nyangulu-Mungofa. What began out of curiosity to understand the unique challenges faced by local entrepreneurs has grown into a thriving business, offering various business literacy training programs and business incubation services …

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Otelo – Open Spaces for Creativity and Experimentation in Rural Areas

Since 2010, in more than 30 villages and cities in rural areas around Austria a new kind of place has  gained ground – the “Open Technology Laboratory” or “Otelo”. These “Otelos” live by the idea, to offer people an open room for creative and technical activities. An idea based on a protected room for development …

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