SE Forum took on a Ukrainian challenge in Kiev

SE Forum was invited to present at the second all Ukrainian Forum of Social Entrepreneurs in Kiev last week. It was there we and the audience received the challenge, do you dare to live a day only purchasing products and services from social entrepreneurs?

In Ukraine it looks promising. We started with a morning coffee and had tasty pizza for lunch, with plenty more options on Veterano´s menu. There were workouts from Manivtsi and exploring with the creativity box from Horihovyi Dim. To compliment our afternoon fika we simply had to go for a chocolate from Pan Chocolatier. You could also buy a gift for a friend at Dobroslon or Laska, and sell the stuff you are not using anymore – at Murahy.  By doing all this you support women in crisis, veterans, underprivileged kids, internally displaced people or other people in need in Ukraine.

As a local social entrepreneur said: “Helping is easy. Just do your thing but think from whom you are buying”.

SE Forum presents to Ukrainian social entrepreneurs
Besides the challenge, this dynamic event brought together a big crowd: more than 300 people who are owners of social businesses, supporting organizations and other parties interested in this fast developing concept. They all talked about the power of social entrepreneurship and its ability to transfer weaknesses into strength.

More than 300 participants came to discuss social entrepreneurship development in Ukraine 

Obviously Ukraine is currently faced by a lot of challenges with a complicated economic and political situation. However, at the Forum it was discussed that the breakthrough is possible with innovation and social entrepreneurship. It’s easy to believe in this seeing all the inspiring projects, fantastic teams and already great results.

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November 25th, 2016|News|0 Comments|

Thoughts from snowy Stockholm and sunny Palestine

October isn’t my favorite month of the year. It’s usually wet (in Sweden at least), cold and quite dark. However, this year October has flown by with programs being delivered, events to enjoy and the biggest selection process to date!

I need to start with the selection process for our SE Outreach Accelerator Program 2017. Because this year we’ve broken the record with almost 900 applications. From all over the world. Incredible! The past week we’ve been solely focused on these applications and I have to say that it makes me hopeful for the future reading about all the initiatives going on in different parts of the world. The first round is now complete, and successful applicants are busy filling out the extra information needed for round 2. The last step in the process will involve Skype interviews to select the final 8 participants. That’s right, from 900 to 8! We’ll reveal more in next month’s newsletter, so stay tuned.

At the same time as reviewing all these applications, two of our colleagues are conducting training programs in Palestine together with ActionAid and Global Platform Palestine. If this sounds interesting, please check out our Instagram account which is packed with images from our experiences there.

October has also been a month of events, ours and others. It started out with a whole day together with Ashoka Scandinavia and their Impact Journey which showed us some fantastic initiatives that got us all talking.

We took part in the Inclusive Business Forum (hosted by Inclusive Business Sweden) at Sida which generated some real possibilities for collaboration across sectors. The month of events finished off with the annual Social Innovation Summit in Malmö, Sweden. It was a fantastic event with a [...]

Graduation, goodbyes and new opportunities!

September was one of those months that passed by SO quickly. We had 8 social entrepreneurs here for our Accelerator program and they did so much. Moving into October it feels like the same will happen as we’ve just opened applications for the Outreach Accelerator Program 2017. 

I do need to start with the Outreach Accelerator Program graduation event we had at Berghs School of Communication though. 180 guests, 8 social entrepreneurs and a bunch of trainers, mentors and supporters. It was a magic night where we heard the stories of our entrepreneurs, what they do and the steps they’ve taken during the program. We were also entertained by Stefan Krook (founder of Good Cause Foundation and God El) and Lena Ramfelt, who’s followed our entrepreneurs on their journey through the program as the lead trainer. With her background as a lecturer at Stanford University she had quite a few insights to share.

During the three weeks the entrepreneurs were here they received training in negotiations, media relations and impact measurement, among other things. Some of them also took to the stage of Stockholm Tech Fest, presented to the Malaysian ambassador, lectures at Uppsala University and participated in prototyping sessions at Hyper Island. As you can see they covered a lot of ground. It will be exciting to keep track of their adventures. Thanks for putting in all the work Anja, Derrick, Sibjan, Tosin, Fikilie, Francis, Joyce and Luciana!

At SE Forum we’re now turning our attention to the recruitment process of next year’s Accelerator program. Round 1 has just opened and we’re already receiving applications. So if you are running a social enterprise or know of anyone doing so, please click through to our application page [...]

SE Outreach Accelerator 2016 Graduation

The SE Entrepreneurs of 2016 held their final presentations in front of a full audience at Berghs School of Communications, together with keynote speakers Stefan Krook (founder of GoodCause Foundation) and Lena Ramfelt (Stanford lecturer and lead author of Gear Up).

We are humbled, proud and happy about the turnout, the stories and the energy we had in the old church hall on Sveavägen last week. A big thank you to everyone who joined and supported us! It’s been an incredible journey and we are so proud of what the entrepreneurs have achieved during this program.

The participants are now either back in their home countries or on their way through Europe. Anja Juliah Abu Bakar (of Blubear & Co) has for example stopped by in the UK where she’s been invited to speak about her social enterprise at Oxford University. Exciting!

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Photos by Stina Svanberg.

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    Pressmeddelande: Kan socialt entreprenörskap förändra världen? Kom och möt åtta entreprenörer som bidrar till en hållbar framtid!

Pressmeddelande: Kan socialt entreprenörskap förändra världen? Kom och möt åtta entreprenörer som bidrar till en hållbar framtid!

Pressmeddelande
12-09-2016
Kan socialt entreprenörskap förändra världen? Kom och möt åtta entreprenörer som bidrar till en hållbar framtid!
Socialt entreprenörskap diskuteras alltmer som en del av lösningen på vår tids stora globala problem. Men vad är socialt entreprenörskap? Just nu befinner sig  åtta sociala entreprenörer från Brasilien, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sydafrika och Uganda  i Stockholm för att delta i det SIDA-finansierade affärsutvecklingsprogrammet SE Outreach, där de får kunskap och verktyg för att skapa en bättre värld via sitt företagande.

Dessa entreprenörer driver sociala företag som bland annat arbetar med att öka bloddonationer i det terrordrabbade  Nigeria via en SMS-service, få fler företag att återvinna material i Brasilien, ta vara på och distribuera solenergi till landsbygden i Uganda och skapa ett cykeldelningssystem i det av trafikinfarkt drabbade Johannesburg.

Sociala entreprenörer är en viktig del i att lösa FN:s samhällsutmaningar. Ger vi dem rätt förutsättningar att lyckas kommer vi se enorm positiv förändring! Säger Nicklas Wallberg, Executive Director på SE Forum.

Den 22 september 2016 anordnar SE Forum, som ansvarar för SE Outreach,  ett event  där entreprenörerna kommer att berätta om vilka förändringar de kämpar för att uppnå. Representanter från näringslivet, biståndsvärlden och politiken är inbjudna för att diskutera hur vi tillsammans kan arbeta för att nå FN:s utvecklingsmål och skapa en hållbar framtid via socialt entreprenörskap. För som FNs generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon har sagt ‘Vi är den första generationen som kan utrota fattigdomen och den sista generation som kan bekämpa klimatförändringarna.’

Tid: 22 september, 18:00-21:00     Plats: Berghs, Sveavägen 34, Stockholm.

Läs mer om evenemanget: http://bit.ly/2bFWVDg
Läs mer om entreprenörerna: http://bit.ly/2bFRIeF
Pressbild: http://goo.gl/yVgjnb

För att boka en intervju med någon av entreprenörerna eller fråga om SE Forums verksamhet kontakta Nicklas Wallberg, Executive Director, 0722-2514 98

September 12th, 2016|News|0 Comments|
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    “A social enterprise is not a hospital – it’s a business!”

“A social enterprise is not a hospital – it’s a business!”

Betty Ikalany graduated from the SE Outreach Accelerator one year ago and a lot has happened since then. She’s won international awards, worked with MIT to develop her cookstoves and increased her sales with over 500%. We had the privilege of visiting Betty and her team at their office in Uganda to talk about dreams, challenges and how to keep believing in yourself when you feel like giving up.

What has been your biggest success in the past year?

One of the big successes is that we now have our own office! We’ve moved 10 times in just three years, so in December last year we said that with the little money we have, we need to get our own office. Even if it’s small, at least it’s ours.

Also, being women and being able to run a business for more than two years – I feel that’s a success because there are so many challenges for women here. The other day I had a very big argument with a bank manager because I’d previously applied for a loan, but I never got one. Every single day he kept on asking me “where is your husband?”. I said to him “what does it matter? Do you need a husband to access a loan? I’m accessing a loan as Betty, not because I’m someone’s wife!” I told him “all I want is a loan, if you can’t give me a loan then I’ll go.” So in the end I left because he couldn’t give me one, but now after some years he’s seen us continuing our work successfully without his loan and now he’s asking if we want one. So the fact that we have been able to come [...]

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    Techsektorn måste hjälpa till att lösa FN:s hållbarhetsmål

Techsektorn måste hjälpa till att lösa FN:s hållbarhetsmål

Under OS lever idrottare från hela världen på en och samma plats under en månad. De har kanske aldrig setts eller bekantats med varandras grenar. Ändå känner de en koppling som driver dem mot nya rekord. Samma dragningskraft finns mellan sociala entreprenörer och techsektorn.

Sveriges och världens techindustri vet att världen förändras i ilfart. Tar man en för lång vätskepaus blir man frånsprungen. Man vet också att man med relativt små medel kan förändra ett beteende, en industri eller ett tankesätt. Det här sättet att tänka, att allting är möjligt, delas med sociala entreprenörer över hela världen.

Ta Derrick från Uganda till exempel. Hans företag Onelamp erbjuder solcellslampor- och laddare till hela Ugandas landsbygd (dörr-till-dörr-service). Det skapar helt andra förutsättningar för de cirka 85 procent av befolkningen som lever utan elektricitet.

Eller Elsa från Indien, vars Safecity genom utbildning och interaktiva kartor visar var och varför det förekommer sexuella trakasserier och våld i städer. Hennes mål? Att förändra livet till det bättre för tusentals, om inte miljontals, flickor och kvinnor i Indien.

Sociala entreprenörer tänker stort och är modiga. Samma sak kan man säga om några av Sveriges mest lyckade techentreprenörer som Niklas Adalbarth, medgrundare av Klarna, eller Niklas Zennström, medgrundare av Skype. De tog sig an utmaningen att förändra sina respektive industrier.

Tänk er då vad som kan hända om techindustrin och sociala entreprenörer likt idrottarna i OS hämtar styrka, erfarenheter och inspiration från varandra? Det är något som vi ser hända här i Sverige och som har en fantastisk potential framåt.

Låt mig ge två exempel som jag tycker borde smitta av sig:

På Sveriges största techevenemang, Stockholm Tech Fest, där de största bolagen och namnen inom politiken och techvärlden samlas, dedikeras en hel dag till hur industrin kan vara en del i lösningen [...]

August 31st, 2016|News|0 Comments|

Finding Glimpses of My True Self in Stockholm

By: Nodumo Fikile Magadlela, SE Entrepreneur – SE Outreach 2016

I found myself standing inside the Uppsala Cathedral. Behind me the choir was singing a beautiful song that lifted the spirit as high as the building’s columns. It was in that moment that I understood why my life’s journey had let me to this place. How a boy who grew up in the dusty streets of Nkulumane in Bulawayo had found himself standing in this sacred cathedral thousands of miles away from home.

The pieces of this puzzle started taking shape in December when I got the email that I had been chosen to represent iBoni Bike Share in Sweden. The SE Forum team had chose iBoni as one of the 8 start-ups from around the world to participate in the program in Stockholm. It was raining that day but I put down everything and I went outside and cycled. I had to cycle. I had to find a way to express my joy, pent up between the rage and shame of not being able to pay my rent for that month…

But all of this didn’t matter now because I was standing in this amazing cathedral, built hundreds of years ago. It didn’t matter that this was my first time going overseas. It wasn’t important that before this I had only been on an aeroplane on a very brief domestic flight. All that I could hear and see was the majesty of this structure.

The struggle that will define my life is that of articulation. I’ve always felt a capacity to create and to influence humanity, but I’ve always lacked the tools to articulate my potential into the world. This building in its grandeur and opulence resonated [...]

Event: Solving Global Challenges – Meet the Impact Makers

September 22, 2016
Can the world’s most pressing problems be tackled with business-oriented solutions? What do these solutions look like? Who is behind them?

SE Forum is offering you an exciting opportunity to meet eight entrepreneurs from all corners of the world who share the same goal – to change the world through their social enterprises.

Before these entrepreneurs return to their home countries, we invite YOU to hear them talk about their entrepreneurial journeys, what the future holds for their social enterprises and how you or your organisation can join in on the quest of creating a better world.

These entrepreneurs are addressing social and environmental challenges in Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Nepal, Malaysia and Brazil.  They have spent the past six months enrolled in SE Forum’s Outreach Accelerator Program and are now ready to graduate! The aim of theprogram is to boost their entrepreneurial skills, enabling them to take their social enterprises to the next level and build a brighter, equal and more sustainable world.

Drinks and refreshments are on us!

Keynote speakers:

Stefan Krook, founder of Glocalnet and the GoodCause Foundation.

Lena Ramfelt, Stanford lecturer and co-author of Gearup.

When?

September 22 2016, 18:30-21:00. Doors open at 18:00 for mingle and drinks.

Where?

Berghs School of Communication, Sveavägen 34, Stockholm.

Places are limited so sign up here to secure your spot! 

 

Supporters of the SE Outreach Accelerator:

 

 

 

August 25th, 2016|Events, News|0 Comments|

Not such a crazy dream after all, huh?

By: Luciana Oliveira, SE Entrepreneur – SE Outreach 2016

Looking back at the three months that passed since I rejoined my team in São Paulo after the life-changing three weeks with SE Forum in Stockholm, I cannot help but feeling proud of what we achieved in such a short period of time. It’s impressive what a small team can do when there is such a beautiful transformation to be made, which is counting on our efforts!

Of course, I should remind you again of this beautiful transformation. I invite you to think about a developing country such as Brazil (where I am writing from) five years from now – the lives of millions of people working in the recycing chain will have been transformed. They will no longer work in unsustainable conditions because recycling will be a sector that receives revenues not only through the sales of materials, but also though the payment for the recycling service they provide. This payment is made by producers of packaged goods. Sound familiar? That is what has been happening in European countries for the last two decades.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Coming back to the present, here are some of the small victories we had in the last three months, which will take us closer and closer to the dream:

Our platform for recyclers to report their amounts recycled has just moved to a whole new level: a new home page (click here) with new animations to promote it among recyclers (click here to watch) and, of course, an entirely new platform! Our team spent four months rebuilding the platform in-house, from scratch, thinking about usability from the recycler’s point of view and about connectivity through APIs (ok, [...]