In my professional life, I’ve always heard that January and February are quiet months. That doesn’t seem to apply to 2017. We are announcing 2017’s participants in the SE Outreach Accelerator program, running business development programs in Kenya and talking Social Entrepreneurship in Kiev and Malmö.

I’m very proud to announce, from a pool of 900 applicants, the eight participants that have been selected for the SE Outreach Accelerator program. There’s an exciting mix of backgrounds, industries and experiences which you can read more about below. I also want to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to the external team who’s been part of this big effort that is the selection process. For us it’s important to involve industry experts to form a wider and more rounded view of the applicants. We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you!

Equally exciting is the launch of our SE Training of Trainers and Social Business Bootcamp we’re running in Nairobi together with Hand in Hand Eastern Africa and Multimedia University of Kenya. We’ll keep you updated on the progress via our social media channels so please stay tuned there.

Talking social entrepreneurship

We’re continuing to spread the concept of social entrepreneurship, its potential and what the sector needs in order to thrive. In Malmö we presented at Enodo’s initiative “Connecting scientists to the challenges of the Global Goals”. The focus was on how researchers and academia can get closer to and contribute to the work of NGO’s and social entrepreneurs with their research. We saw fascinating initiatives and I urge you to check out Enodo’s website for more information about the work they do.

I’m also gearing up for a conference in Kiev, Ukraine, where social entrepreneurship is on the agenda. The sector is relatively small as of yet but there’s a lot of movement to make it grow. We’ll be sharing the stage with several actors from all over the world and I can’t wait to see and understand more about the landscape in the Ukraine. You’ll be hearing more from me about this trip next month.

I’ll leave you with a classic “hook”. Next month you’ll be able to read about the progress of our alumnis from the Social Business Bootcamp we ran in Kenya last year, as I’ll be visiting them. Super exciting and a good way to spend the last days of February. Until then.

Kind regards,

Nick

Photo: Graduation ceremony for the participants in last year’s Social Business Bootcamp at Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi.