Events for strengthening the network
Conferences, seminars, and mutual visits to partner universities served to strengthen and expand the IRENE I SEE research network. "South-South Exchanges" extended the network beyond a region's own university, organizations and companies.
Expert Talk at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, January 31, 2014
Research Day at Zeppelin University
As part of the public Research Day at Zeppelin University, IRENE I SEE researchers who are supported by Siemens Stiftung gave a presentation on "Understanding the Financing Demands of Social Enterprises and the Supply of Social Investments in Emerging Markets".
Dr. Lisa Hanley, a postdoc at Zeppelin University and research coordinator of IRENE I SEE, introduced the project as well as the background and methodology to a quantitative study of social enterprises and social investors in Colombia, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa that is currently in progress.
Aline Wachner and Tim Weiss, both doctoral candidates supported by the IRENE | SEE project, introduced some preliminary insights of the survey. The presentation provided insights into business model innovation of social enterprises, financing streams, as well as the challenges social enterprises face in serving the Bottom of Pyramid.
Expert Talk at Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Januar 20, 2012
IRENE I SEE introduction
As part of the public Research Day at Zeppelin University, IRENE I SEE doctoral candidate Aline Wachner presented her doctoral project, which is being supported by Siemens Stiftung as part of IRENE I SEE program. Prof. Stephan A. Jansen, president and managing director of Zeppelin, introduced the research network and explained to the audience how the cooperation came into existence and how it works.
Dr. Lisa Hanley, a postdoc faculty member of Zeppelin University and research coordinator of IRENE I SEE, introduced the general background, core issues and objectives of the research program. She also described where IRENE I SEE stands in relation to the “Encourage. Empowering People” program of Siemens Stifttung and explained how it is making a concrete contribution to science education.
Presentation of Aline Wachner’s research project
Aline Wachter followed with a presentation of her doctoral project incorporating the latest international research with the title “From Accountability to Social Economic Empowerment: Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South.” She demonstrated how the process of accountability and the pattern of responsibilities within a social enterprise differ from those in a purely market-oriented business and how the community as a beneficiary must likewise be integrated in the so-called “accounting process”. After her presentation Aline Wachner discussed her theses with the audience.