• Lösungen, die wirken
    Solutions that work: We want to make a long-term contribution to improving basic services in developing regions.
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  • Young, socially oriented entrepreneurs
    Young, socially oriented entrepreneurs play a key role for us and bring about positive change in their societies.
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  • We network social entrepreneurs
    We network social entrepreneurs involved in simple technologies and development work, and offer them practical knowledge.
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  • In the “Solutions Database” of our empowering people. Network we publicize solutions that combine technology and entrepreneurship to solve society’s pressing problems.
    In the “Solutions Database” of our empowering people. Network we publicize solutions that combine technology and entrepreneurship to solve society’s pressing problems.
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  • We provide a number of social entrepreneurs with practical support in their work
    We provide a number of social entrepreneurs with practical support in their work so that social innovation s can get off the ground.
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  • We work for sustainable energy and water
    In our operating projects in the field, we work for sustainable energy and water supplies in rural areas of Africa.
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  • Our hygiene training educates people
    Our hygiene training educates people on clean drinking water and hygiene in schools and communities.
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Secure access to basic services is indispensable for people to lead independent and dignified lives. Our goal is to reduce existential deficits in basic services and strengthen the necessary social structures. With our international empowering people. Network, we bring innovators and social entrepreneurs together and foster the combination of technical and entrepreneurial approaches. This allows us to promote the spread of suitable solutions, maintain a platform for knowledge transfer and enable networking with development collaboration organizations. Locally operating projects are run together with partners and implement innovative as well as proven solutions. Additionally, we impart the necessary knowledge to ensure that self-supporting structures can contribute to a permanent improvement in basic services.

International development projects

The team of empowering people. Network focuses on networking and fostering social entrepreneurs in development collaboration.

empowering people. Network

Our Social Ventures team focuses on basic services, such as the implementation of operating projects for drinking water and energy supplies, entrepreneurship, and hygiene in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Social Ventures projects

Engagement in initiatives

We are not alone in our objective of contributing to sustainable social development. Many players around the world are working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have created joint initiatives with several of them to generate the greatest possible social impact:

The European Venture Philanthropy Association brings together venture philanthropy organizations and other interested parties at the European level. As a membership association, EVPA networks social investors and uses its own workshops and studies to impart knowledge and promote proven approaches. Siemens Stiftung is a member of EVPA.

EVPA website

Impact Hubs are start-up centers and innovation labs. They offer a professional working environment and access to a committed community for entrepreneurial people who want to work for the common good.

Together with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the Argidius Foundation, Siemens Stiftung sponsors the “Africa Seed” program, which is creating up to ten Impact Hubs in African cities. The hubs provide start-ups and social entrepreneurs with office space and infrastructure. They also offer an opportunity to interact, network and attend training courses.

Impact Hub Africa website

The “Practical Impact Alliance” (PIA) program at MIT D-Lab aims to harvest the power of collaborative learning by leading players around the world in order to tackle global poverty more effectively and efficiently. The initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston fosters development work based on discovering, shaping and sharing knowledge.

Siemens Stiftung has been a member of PIA since June 2016. Members of Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network will collaborate in working groups with other stakeholders on pressing issues which include impact assessment, scaling pilot projects, integrated design and innovation, and inclusive recycling. They will then make the results available within the development collaboration.

Practical Impact Alliance website

European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)

The European Venture Philanthropy Association brings together venture philanthropy organizations and other interested parties at the European level. As a membership association, EVPA networks social investors and uses its own workshops and studies to impart knowledge and promote proven approaches. Siemens Stiftung is a member of EVPA.

EVPA website

Impact Hub Africa

Impact Hubs are start-up centers and innovation labs. They offer a professional working environment and access to a committed community for entrepreneurial people who want to work for the common good.

Together with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and the Argidius Foundation, Siemens Stiftung sponsors the “Africa Seed” program, which is creating up to ten Impact Hubs in African cities. The hubs provide start-ups and social entrepreneurs with office space and infrastructure. They also offer an opportunity to interact, network and attend training courses.

Impact Hub Africa website

Practical Impact Alliance at MIT D-Lab

The “Practical Impact Alliance” (PIA) program at MIT D-Lab aims to harvest the power of collaborative learning by leading players around the world in order to tackle global poverty more effectively and efficiently. The initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston fosters development work based on discovering, shaping and sharing knowledge.

Siemens Stiftung has been a member of PIA since June 2016. Members of Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Network will collaborate in working groups with other stakeholders on pressing issues which include impact assessment, scaling pilot projects, integrated design and innovation, and inclusive recycling. They will then make the results available within the development collaboration.

Practical Impact Alliance website