• Regional epOnsite training sessions, webinars and tutorials offer social entrepreneurs and their employees continuing education opportunities on topics such as marketing and finance.
  • The empowering people. Network connects innovators, operators and social enterprises from across the globe who are making a huge impact using simple technical solutions. SimGas project
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  • Our empowering people. Award honors inventors who through their innovative low-tech solutions contribute to improving the living conditions of many people. Winner of the Award 2015/2016
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  • First place for the empowering people. Award in 2016 went to the Indian social enterprise Bempu, whose goal it is to minimize the mortality rate of newborns in developing countries.
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  • In 2012, Martin Aufmuth won the empowering people.Award with his OneDollarGlasses. Since then, he became a member of the network and received support for introducing his innovation in Burkina Faso.
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  • Sorted by topics such as “Food & Agriculture” or “Healthcare”, a large number of approaches to solving basic supply problems are presented in a solution database.
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  • The Network offers workshops as a platform for knowledge acquisition, exchange and cooperation.
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  • The SAMforSE tool allows social enterprises to evaluate their own company in order to identify strengths and weaknesses more effectively.
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  • Experts offer their knowledge pro bono to social entrepreneurs within the empowering people.Network and thereby support the implementation low-tech solution approaches.
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Technology helps. In developing and emerging countries, simple technical solutions adapted to existing conditions offer huge potential for positive social, environmental, and economic change. The “empowering people. Network” makes such promising solutions accessible and fosters their implementation based on entrepreneurship models and through training opportunities.

The core of the 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. It provides a fruitful ground for partnership, exchange, publication of research findings, technology transfer and entrepreneurial thinking.