Press releases | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 26.06.2014

Siemens Stiftung’s “empowering people. Network” promotes the use of simple technological solutions in the area of basic needs

The empowering people. Network offers inventors, practitioners and social entrepreneurs a platform for dialogue and cooperation.
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Create transparency, exchange knowledge, advance the use of simple technology in practice – these are the most important goals of the “empowering people. Network – Technologies for basic needs“. The core of this Network is the database comprising intelligent low-tech innovations, which enable a sustainable improvement in basic needs in developing regions. These solutions are the best rated innovations submitted to the international “empowering people. Award“ competition. The platform also offers practitioners, inventors, experts and organizations working in developmental cooperation the opportunity to connect and create stronger and more goal-oriented ties.

The knowledge of practicable technological solutions and the ability to deal with them are often the starting point when realizing a business idea: These entrepreneurial initiatives can counterbalance existential shortfalls in supply as well as empower people to improve the situation of their families and social environment. Appropriate innovations were identified by the “empowering people Award“ – and the best valued solutions are currently being added to a database that is available to the public, thereby helping to promote both the innovation and its practical application.

“The ’empowering people. Network‘ is an online and offline platform which offers practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and inventors the chance to dialogue with each other. A transfer of knowledge on the content of the internet platform is just as important as a personal exchange of experiences on successful business and financing models“, states Rolf Huber, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung.

Together with partners, the foundation will be implementing webinars for inventors and social entrepreuners with topics that include financing or evaluation. As from September regional workshops will take place starting with a practical workshop on marketing & communication in East Africa. An international “empowering people. Workshop“ for inventors and entrepreneurs will also take place at the Research Conference of the Global Social Business Summit in Mexico City in November.

The Network also includes the social entrepreneurs of the Community Impact Development Group (CIDG), initiated by Siemens Stiftung and Ashoka. In addition, the International Research Network on Social Economic Empowerment IRENE l SEE, jointly founded by Siemens Stiftung and Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, will also be integrated.

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