Press releases | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 20.11.2014

Siemens Stiftung is the presenting partner at 2nd Research Conference of the Global Social Business Summit in Mexico City

The “empowering people. Network” contributes to a series of events from 25th-27th November in Mexico City.

The “empowering people. Network” established by Siemens Stiftung promotes the use of appropriate technologies to meet existential care needs in developing regions through research for practice, technology transfer, qualification, partnerships and consultancy. At the Global Social Business Summit in Mexico City, the Network will be hosting various activities alongside the events organized by the Grameen-Creative Lab. These sessions are designed to further raise awareness about the potential of social entrepreneurship and to foster collaboration in order to improve the lives of those in need.

Furthering its dialogue with social entrepreneurs, researchers and organizations involved in development work, the “empowering people. Network” will be hosting several panels in the context of the GSBS Research Conference on Social Business and Global Business Summit as well as hosting two of its own sessions on social business. Rolf Huber, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung comments: “Market-based approaches to address social issues in emerging markets are gaining momentum. However, little data is available to underpin common assumptions in this sector. During the events in Mexico, we will be contributing to this with academic findings from doctoral research and with a two-year study carried out by our international research network. We will be working on instruments for impact measurement based on current academic findings at a one-day workshop with members of our network of social entrepreneurs,.”

Siemens Stiftung and the “empowering people. Network” will be contributing to the following events:

The GSBS Research Conference on Social Business (25 th-26 th   November at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe), where six researchers from the International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment IRENE | SEE, established jointly by Siemens Stiftung and Zeppelin University, will participate. As panelists they will discuss “Social Businesses as Hybrid Organisatzions” and “Empowerment through Social Business” with internationally renowned senior researchers such as Prof. Johanna Mair, Professor of Organziation, Management and Leadership from the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and Wendy K. Smith, Associate Professor of Management, University of Delaware. Researchers from IRENE | SEE will also be joining the panel discussions in their respective fields of expertise:

  • Panel Discussion: Cultivating an Ecosystem for Social Entrepreneurs – The role of Investors, Researchers and Philanthropy, hosted by Siemens Stiftung on 26 th  November, 4.30 pm at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe. Here, key findings of a two-year study: “Reinterpreting the playing field. How social investors and social enterprises challenge traditional labor division for social and economic impact in emerging markets” will be presented by Zeppelin University”. This study is based on numerous interviews conducted with social businesses and investors in Mexico, Colombia, South Africa and Kenya. Participants in the discussion include Rodrigo Villar, co-founder of the incubator New Ventures Mexico and impact investment fund Adobe Capital; Jorge Camil, Co-founder and CDO of the Mexican social enterprise ENOVA; Katia Dumont, Head of the Central American Chapter of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE); Lisa Hanely, Researcher of Zeppelin University; and Rolf Huber, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung. For more information about the event, please visit:
  • The “empowering people. Workshop” (for invited participants only - 26th November at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe) will focus on research conducted for implementation by practitioners. The workshop, organized with Ashoka, will concentrate on Evaluation and Impact Measurement. The research arm of the Network will introduce the first “Self-Assessment Manual for Social Entrepreneurs” which supports monitoring and impact measurement processes and has been developed in cooperation with Siemens Stiftung and the German Institue of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). Social entrepreneurs from the former Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) will officially join the “empowering people Network”, allowing them access to farther-reaching relevant topics and people in the field.
  • Global Social Business Summit, (27th November at Exhibit and Convention Center Expo Bancomer Santa Fe) where Nathalie von Siemens, Spokesperson of the Board and Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung, will be present at the session: “Social Business Supporters talk about their motivation and goals” Program of the Social Businesss Summit:

The commitment of “empowering people. Network” to social entrepreuners around the globe is shown by the wide range of interactive activities it makes available, as well as by the support to social businesses and inventors it offers. With on- and offline, real and virtual workshops and qualification opportunities, the Network aims to cement the Siemens Stiftung’s vision of empowering people. The validated collection of low-tech innovations for basic needs showcased in the Solutions Database, the support offered to those seeking access to complex markets, and the wealth of relevant topics for social entrepreuners discussed in personal meetings illustrate the continued depth and breadth of this commitment.

Please note: All events are open to the media, except for the “empowering people. Workshop” which is closed to the public. Should you be interested in particpating in the workshop with the focus on impact measurement, please contact Julia Rüter.

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About the Siemens Stiftung

Siemens Stiftung operates in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. As a hands-on foundation, we develop our own projects and implement them with a view to the long term. Together with our partners, we aim to help people improve their living conditions. By doing so, we try to empower functioning communities in which people can have a good life. We are committed to international, impact-oriented, and transparent project work. The geographical focus of our work is on regions in Africa and Latin America as well as Germany and other European countries.

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