Social Innovation https://business-spirit.news/ en €800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland https://business-spirit.news/news/eu800-000-social-enterprise-start-up-fund-is-open-for-innovative-projects-in-ireland <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/eu800-000-social-enterprise-start-up-fund-is-open-for-innovative-projects-in-ireland" data-a2a-title="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" 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hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/funding" hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland" title="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/727.jpg?itok=_uoDtJqh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A new support package with grants and training is available for early-stage social enterprises with a clear ambition to address a critical social issue in Ireland.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2202 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2203 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Minister for <a href="https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-rural-and-community-development/" target="_blank">Rural and Community Development in Ireland</a>, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced the launch of the €800,000 <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-start-up-fund/" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Start-up Fund</a> on July 15th 2021.</p> <p>The purpose of this specific support package is to offer cash and training programmes for social enterprises to realise their potential, expand their businesses and create jobs.</p> <p>Minister Humphreys said at the launch that the Fund would have a two-year lifespan to provide small grants and other business supports tailored to help early-stage social enterprises overcome challenges when they are starting their projects.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Twenty-five social enterprises from across Ireland will receive cash grants of between €9,500 and €12,000, as well as access to a six-month tailored training programme.”</p> </blockquote> <p>“The programme itself comes under the Dormant Accounts Fund in my Department. It will be delivered by Rethink Ireland, who have a great track record in administering supports to social enterprises.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2215 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Deirdre Mortell, CEO of <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/" target="_blank">Rethink Ireland</a>, a national organisation supporting Ireland’s best social innovations through various financial and business supports, welcomed the announcement.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2206 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2205 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/729.jpg" width="800" height="667" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland; Image: Rethink Ireland</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2204 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>''At Rethink Ireland we believe that social enterprises can play a pivotal role in supporting the transition to a more inclusive, sustainable and green economy.</p> <p>We're delighted to be partnering with the Department of Rural and Community Development to provide much-needed start-up funding and supports as part of today's commitment to the Social Enterprise sector in Ireland,” adds Mortell.</p> <p>Up to 25 social enterprises will receive cash grants of €9,000 each in 2021, and all successful applicants will win a place on the National Accelerator Programme managed by Rethink Ireland.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2216 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The programme will empower the most innovative and impactful start-up social enterprises across Ireland to design a competitive business plan, expand their network, increase financial sustainability and communicate their vision and mission to a broader audience.</p> <p>Applicants must address a critical social issue with an innovative solution in an Irish context and have the potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland.</p> <p>Ideally, projects should be beyond the idea phase, presenting some market research, at least a prototype, and a minimum amount of sales activity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2218"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2217 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Applications are open from July 15th until August 3rd 2021, to not-for-profit nature organisations based in Ireland.</p> <p>Applicants are invited to complete a short <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-start-up-fund/" target="_blank">online application </a>form.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2219 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>An application webinar clinic is held to support potential applicants with any questions they may have on Tuesday, July 20th, from 11 am to 12 pm.</p> <p>Awardees will be selected from the shortlist of projects which have met the required criteria.</p> <p>Rethink Ireland created the Fund in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.</p> <p>According to Rethink Ireland’s research, this type of funding and support is critical to ensuring social enterprises have the best chance of reaching sustainability and maximising impact in their communities.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/dWYU3i-mqEo" target="_blank">Annie Spratt on Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:55:27 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 165 at https://business-spirit.news Public voting is open to select winners of the first Impact Shakers Awards https://business-spirit.news/news/public-voting-is-open-to-select-winners-of-the-first-impact-shakers-awards <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Public voting is open to select winners of the first Impact Shakers Awards</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/public-voting-is-open-to-select-winners-of-the-first-impact-shakers-awards" data-a2a-title="Public voting is open to select winners of the first Impact Shakers Awards"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">Social Entrepreneurship</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/awards" hreflang="en">Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-impact" hreflang="en">Social Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Event" title="Event" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/242.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Public voting is open to select winners of the first Impact Shakers Awards" title="Public voting is open to select winners of the first Impact Shakers Awards" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/630.png?itok=8GJOE-9V" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">People are invited from all over Europe to vote for the most innovative impact-driven startups and scale-ups.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2061 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2062 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Public voting is open until June 18th 2021, to select winners of the first <a href="https://www.impactshakersawards.com/" target="_blank">Impact Shakers Awards</a> that takes its inspiration from the <a href="https://doughnuteconomics.org/" target="_blank">doughnut economics model</a>, which maps human prosperity according to a social foundation and ecological ceiling.</p> <p>Applications were submitted from 24 countries, and an expert panel of jury selected 48 projects that made it to the final round.</p> <p>Using simple <a href="https://www.impactshakersawards.com/finalists" target="_blank">online voting</a>, people can now decide which innovative startup or scale-up will become category winners.</p> <p>The public can pick winners in twelve categories: Energy, Water, Food, Health, Education, Income &amp; Work, Peace &amp; Justice, Political Voice, Social Equity, Gender Equality, Housing &amp; Networks.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2065 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2063 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/631.jpg" width="2048" height="1507" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Top 10 countries and cities represented at The Impact Shakers Awards </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2064 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Finalist projects present various solutions to tackle pressing social, environmental challenges with an entrepreneurial mindset, focusing on data-driven technologies, capturing carbon from the atmosphere, mental health issues, plastic pollution, and more.</p> <p>Winners will be announced on June 21st and receive access to unique networking opportunities, prizes to accelerate business growth and be invited to participate in an intensive bootcamp to secure alternative funding.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2066 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Partners offering prizes for best projects include <a href="https://queststudio.be/" target="_blank">Quest Impact Design Studio</a>, <a href="https://evpa.eu.com/" target="_blank">EVPA</a>, <a href="https://www.mikme.com/" target="_blank">Mikme</a>, <a href="https://www.seedtribe.com/" target="_blank">SeedTribe</a>, <a href="https://www.theupeffect.com/" target="_blank">UpEffect</a>, <a href="https://business-spirit.news/" target="_blank">Business Spirit Platform</a> and <a href="https://www.adobe.com/" target="_blank">Adobe</a>.</p> <p>Yonca Braeckman, CEO of Impact Shakers and founder of the award, said:</p> <blockquote> <p>“It’s the first time we used the doughnut economics model to work with impact startups, and we can say it’s an excellent and educational first edition.</p> </blockquote> <p>We’ll continue to research how we can implement insight, collect more data, and measure impact.</p> <p>At this point, we found significantly more impact startups in the categories energy, health, income &amp; work and food, while there were far fewer in the categories peace &amp; justice, political voice and water.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2067 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://www.impactshakers.com/" target="_blank">Impact Shakers</a>, the organiser behind The Impact Shakers Awards, aims to create a supportive ecosystem in which impact-driven startups can grow into solid and scalable businesses and bridge the gap between impact and profit.</p> <p>“It’s really great to be able to prove with data what we’ve been sensing for a while: founders of impact startups are more diverse.</p> <p>Over 80% of the applicants had at least one ‘under-represented founder’ on their team.</p> <p>Another remarkable trend: many already found interested business angels—even with an impact-driven business model,” says Braeckman about the added value of organising the first edition of the Impact Shakers Awards.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field 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May</div> Thu, 27 May 2021 11:31:45 +0000 Anonymous 150 at https://business-spirit.news Social Art Award to catalyse change towards a greener future https://business-spirit.news/news/social-art-award-to-catalyse-change-towards-a-greener-future <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social Art Award to catalyse change towards a greener future</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-art-award-to-catalyse-change-towards-a-greener-future" data-a2a-title="Social Art Award to catalyse change towards a greener future"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a 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href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/art" hreflang="en">Art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/award" hreflang="en">Award</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-art" hreflang="en">Social Art</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-art" hreflang="en">Social Art</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-impact" hreflang="en">Social Impact</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainability" hreflang="en">Sustainability</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social Art Award to catalyse change towards a greener future" title="Social Art Award to catalyse change towards a greener future" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/595.jpeg?itok=Ep2DtXrL" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Artists are invited to submit artworks in the theme of &#039;New Greening&#039; for Social Art Award 2021.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1944 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1940 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://social-art-award.org/" target="_blank">Social Art Award</a> 2021 was launched by The<a href="https://www.art-innovation.org" target="_blank"> Institute for Art and Innovation</a> for the third time to recognise visionary works from artists who are co-creating positive futures, communicating compelling ideas, concepts, narratives, practices and visions of coexistence.</p> <p>This award aims to invigorate the rise of social art and encourage more people to create impact and inspire change.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1943 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1942 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://social-art-award.org/application-award-2021" target="_blank">Applications are welcome</a> until 30th April, focusing on this year’s theme “New Greening” providing bright prospects towards climate change, resource-saving, environmental protection, ecosystem recovery, water conservation, biodiversity, resilient cities, and more.</p> <p>All artists and cultural actors are invited to apply with work they consider relevant to the field of social art.</p> <p>The overall winner receives 1000 Euro prize money, and three winners will be selected for the final exhibition to present their artwork in Berlin, Germany, in summer 2021.</p> <p>Furthermore, the top 50 submissions will receive additional exposure through an exhibition raising awareness about building green societies and get featured in the official Social Art Award book for 2021.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1941 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/596.png" width="5000" height="5000" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social Art Award 2021</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1945 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Nicole Loeser, co-founder and director of IFAI, serial entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in cross-sectoral collaboration with institutions and corporations worldwide, shared her thoughts about the Social Art Award:</p> <hr /> <p>Art engages in questioning and rethinking existing systems and paradigms.</p> <p>Often, artists can feel the need for change even before people find the words for what might be wrong with a situation.</p> <p>They can draw our attention towards a created reality that no longer suits us.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1949"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1948 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1946 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In my opinion, artists are visionaries, utopists, even agents for change, with the ability to affect society by creating emotionally captivating experiences.</p> <p>Social Art is the first attempt to feel the wounds and question the circumstances of our being.</p> <p>To me, it is evident that if we want to create a liveable future for all creatures on this planet, we need imagination, positive images and narratives that people can mirror themselves in.</p> <p>It is the aesthetic revolution that preludes the societal revolution.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1947 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/597.png" width="608" height="640" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nicole Loeser, co-founder and director of The Institute for Art and Innovation </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1950 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>That is why I believe we really need more socially engaged artists to help us find new ways towards regenerative futures and envision and imagine new worlds that people would like to live in.</p> <p>It is essential for us to promote the importance of social art for society and strengthen social artists' recognition and the value of their work, especially as the art market is usually not open for such positions.</p> <p>In 2017, the first year of the award, it started as an experiment, whether artists would react to the terms of Social Art.</p> <p>We were excited to receive artworks from 128 countries, presenting how they practice and define socially engaged art.</p> <blockquote> <p>We decided to go with the New Greening topic for this year’s award, to call on creative people to start imagining and realising a future of regeneration and restoration of nature - basically a better life for all living being on the planet.</p> </blockquote> <p>We would like to hear what artists have to say about that.</p> <p>Can they convince us with their applications to open, interrogate and invigorate the prevailing fabric of understanding that science, technology and governmental policies, such as the Green New Deals, emerge from?</p> <p>With the award, we want to generate conversation and exchange visions on possible and hopeful futures.</p> <p>We wish to figure out what could be changed together.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1953 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1951 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/598.jpg" width="846" height="544" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Pink Silence (Social Sculpture in India) by Bogna Grazyna Jaroslwski, winner of Social Art Award 2019</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1952 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In 2019 the topic was: “We are the people - Peaceful Revolutions”, which mainly attracted artists from conflict zones who empower people to stand up for their rights, freedom, and future.</p> <p>The exchange on Social Art practices under painful circumstances brought up a lot of negativity, but the spirit of shared human kindness was extraordinary.</p> <p>Participating artists deeply related to other like-minded people from around the world.</p> <p>They inspired each other with their bold approaches and humanistic actions for their communities.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1954 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It was a very encouraging moment of sharing deep feelings.</p> <p>We strive to generate meaningful conversations and exchange visions on possible and hopeful futures, so this year we will have side events, including workshops and panels.</p> <p>We also joined forces with various experts and organisations working in the field of socio-ecological transformation.</p> <p>I’m always impressed by how fast people and organisations can visualise and design relevant scenarios for a liveable world and how deeply they resonate with their own vision.</p> <blockquote> <p>This gives me hope that we can accelerate change and be faster in creating new structures.</p> </blockquote> <p>In the future, we would like to broaden the program beyond the Social Art Award and found interdisciplinary Artists-in-Residency-programs as well as other formats, like experimenting with Real Laboratories.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. March</div> Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:30:47 +0000 Anonymous 140 at https://business-spirit.news Social enterprises can harness university student's creativity to tackle challenges https://business-spirit.news/news/social-enterprises-can-harness-university-student-s-creativity-to-tackle-challenges <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social enterprises can harness university student's creativity to tackle challenges</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-enterprises-can-harness-university-student-s-creativity-to-tackle-challenges" data-a2a-title="Social enterprises can harness university student&#039;s creativity to tackle challenges"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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href="/tag/university" hreflang="en">University</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/collaboration" hreflang="en">Collaboration</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/collaboration" hreflang="en">Collaboration</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social enterprises can harness university student&amp;#039;s creativity to tackle challenges" title="Social enterprises can harness university student&amp;#039;s creativity to tackle challenges" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/589.png?itok=jmvzticR" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Incubation programme for social enterprises and university students to tackle challenges.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1912 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1913 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://www.seincubation.com/" target="_blank">Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program (SEIP)</a> has launched an open call for social enterprises and purpose-driven businesses to collaborate with university students on advancing their business.</p> <p>Organisers are looking for social enterprises that have already begun operations, in the idea validation process, or seeking to expand or modify their business model.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs can enter the <a href="https://www.seincubation.com/universitycooperation" target="_blank">incubation programme</a> with a well-defined problem or challenge related to their work.</p> <p>Participating businesses can benefit from the fresh energies and different mind-set of business school, social entrepreneurship and social science students.</p> <blockquote> <p>Selected organisations will be matched with creative and enthusiastic students from four European universities and professional mentors to deliver strategic support for their specific problem.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1916 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1914 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/590.jpg" width="568" height="752" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Zsolt Bugarszki PhD, Founder of SEIP and Head of Tallinn University&#039;s Social Entrepreneurship MA program in Estonia</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1915 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“The program was initiated by SEIP (Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program) that has branches in Ireland, the Netherlands, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Thailand, Singapore and Canada.</p> <p>Our incubation programme is closely connected with the Social Entrepreneurship MA programme at Tallinn University.</p> <p>We had a lot of great experiences with students using their creative energies and knowledge in development work.</p> <p>On the other hand, we support many social enterprises and purpose-driven businesses, and we see that many of them are struggling with lack of human resources, especially at the start-up phase,” says Zsolt Bugarszki PhD, Founder of SEIP and Head of Tallinn University's Social Entrepreneurship MA program in Estonia.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1917 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The first cohort of the cooperation will be organised between the 19th of March and the 28th of May 2021.</p> <p>Interested businesses can <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVXSw1M6GlW0Yst1NBd4_6YuxYsPCmo9ZKyYoncmkjatrwSg/viewform" target="_blank">apply by filling out an online form</a> until the 17th of March 2021.</p> <p>Four universities will provide students with a chance to practice in this collaborative project, where they can work directly with social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven companies from different countries.</p> <p>“Students are doing this programme as part of their regular courses as an assignment, an internship or as an extracurricular activity while they are supervised and led by their professors, lecturers.</p> <blockquote> <p>They will learn new things and acquire new skills by doing, instead of sitting in the classroom. This project is a real win-win for social enterprises and students,”</p> </blockquote> <p>explains Bugarszki further.</p> <p>Partner institutions include Tallinn University, Estonia; University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands; The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Language, Romania; ELTE University, Faculty of Special Education, Disability Studies and Social Innovation Lab, Hungary.</p> <p>Bugarszki adds: “We are working closely with Universities on this experimental programme, and depending on the results, we are hoping to organise it again on a bigger scale in the Autumn semester, involving even more third-level educational institutions if possible.”</p> <p>Due to the pandemic and international collaboration, all activities will be carried out online.</p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Getty Images</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. March</div> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:59:45 +0000 Anonymous 137 at https://business-spirit.news Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovation-tournament-offers-eu75-000-prize-money-for-the-best-projects <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovation-tournament-offers-eu75-000-prize-money-for-the-best-projects" data-a2a-title="Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" 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field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects" title="Social Innovation Tournament offers €75 000 prize money for the best projects" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/576.jpg?itok=aSKy0odL" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1820 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1824 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://institute.eib.org/social-innovation-tournament-2/" target="_blank">Social Innovation Tournament</a> (SIT) is the flagship initiative of the<a href="https://www.eib.org/en/index.htm" target="_blank"> EIB Group</a> (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) Institute’s Social Programme, which recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs.</p> <p>It promotes innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that contribute to creating social, ethical or environmental impact.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1823 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1821 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Typically, it covers projects in education, healthcare, the environment, circular economy, inclusion, job creation, ageing and many more.</p> <p>To mark the tenth anniversary of the SIT, winning projects in the General Category and Special Category will be awarded a first or second prize of €75 000 and €30 000 respectively, and an Audience Choice Award of €10 000.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1822"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hn3CHTZ8ZUo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social Innovation Tournament</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1825 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Two projects will be selected to attend <a href="https://www.insead.edu/executive-education/entrepreneurship-family-business/social-entrepreneurship-programme" target="_blank">INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship programme</a> in Fontainebleau, France.</p> <p>The prizes are awarded by a jury of specialists from the academic and business worlds, while the Audience Choice will be awarded by the public, based on their votes.</p> <blockquote> <p>In 2021, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on sustainable living.</p> </blockquote> <p>The tournament runs in two rounds, and 15 finalists will be selected to participate in a tailor-made training programme that includes bootcamps, e-training on pitching, and one-to-one coaching sessions.</p> <p>These programmes aim to prepare entrepreneurs to present their proposals at the Final Event to a jury of social innovation specialists.</p> <p>The Final Event will be held on 7 October 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.</p> <p>Finalists from all SIT editions automatically become members of the SIT Alumni Network, where they can benefit from numerous training and networking opportunities from investor relations to conference participation.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1828 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1826 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/577.jpg" width="600" height="400" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Category winner 2020, BeeOmonitoring project uses bees as drones to collect billion of environmental samples. Image:Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1827 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In 2020 fifteen finalists had been selected out of an outstanding group of 216 candidates in 31 countries.</p> <p>General category winners were <a href="https://www.navilens.com/" target="_blank">Navilens</a>, from Spain, and <a href="https://beeodiversity.com/en/" target="_blank">BeeOmonitoring</a>, from Belgium, both presenting innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.</p> <p>The Spanish social enterprise wants to make cities smarter and more inclusive by empowering visually impaired people with a cutting-edge technology based on a proprietary computer vision algorithm.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1829 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Belgian project is focused on combining nature with technology.</p> <p>They use bees as drones to collect billion of environmental samples on large surfaces and use software to analyse the data to indicate the level of pollution and detect biodiversity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1830 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In 2020 two social enterprises were the recipients of the Special Category award.</p> <p>The Dutch team of <a href="https://sponsh.co/" target="_blank">Sponsh</a>, developed a temperature-sensitive smart material that produces water from the air, using the natural cycles of day and night.</p> <p>Their first products are water-producing tree guards for reforestation projects, to help young trees survive their first harsh summers.</p> <p>A CleanTech startup in Sweden, <a href="https://plasticfri.com/" target="_blank">Plasticfri</a> came up with the vision to end the plastic pollution catastrophe by developing a biomaterial that looks and works like conventional plastics, but it is 100% biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic.</p> <p>The public has chosen the <a href="https://project-hera.com/" target="_blank">Hera mobile application</a>, from Turkey, for the Audience Choice Award in 2020 for their solution to increase access to preventative health services, related to vaccine-preventable diseases and maternal health among Syrian refugees in Turkey.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1832"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1831 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The deadline for submitting project proposals for 2021 is 3 March, and finalists will be announced on 15 May.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1833 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:9px">Headline image: Pexels</span></p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Award <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. 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on Social Investment in Africa reveals financial trends and gaps " title="First extensive study on Social Investment in Africa reveals financial trends and gaps " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/530.jpg?itok=ruxlDFLK" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance launched a high-level report on the state of social investment financing in Africa</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1630 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1634 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://avpa.africa/" target="_blank">African Venture Philanthropy Alliance</a> (AVPA) launched ‘<a href="https://avpa.africa/landscape-reports-home/" target="_blank">The Landscape for Social Investments in Africa</a>’ high-level inaugural report on the state of social investment financing in Africa.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1633 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1631 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The report is the first of several concerted efforts aimed at addressing information gaps on social investments in areas such as Philanthropy, Impact Investing, Private Capital deployment and Corporate Sustainability Programmes across sub-Saharan Africa.</p> <p>AVPA is a unique Pan-African network established in 2018 for social investors, headquartered in Nairobi with offices in Johannesburg and Lagos, with a mission to drive a transformative social investing agenda and build vibrant, influential community across Africa.</p> <p>Their work is aligned with thriving sister networks in Europe (<a href="https://evpa.eu.com/" target="_blank">EVPA</a>), South America (<a href="https://latimpacto.org/en-us/" target="_blank">Latimpacto</a>), and Asia (<a href="https://avpn.asia/" target="_blank">AVPN</a>) to form a dynamic global force for social impact.</p> <p>AVPA facilitates the flow of human, intellectual and financial capital, not only within Africa but also across countries involved with its partner organisations globally.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1632 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/531.jpg" width="724" height="1024" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Landscape for Social Investments in Africa report</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1638 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“Africa needs an estimated $500 billion - $1.2 trillion annually between now and 2030 to meet its financing gap for delivering on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals targets.</p> <p>With traditional sources of social investment like aid and government funding unlikely to fill this gap. Therefore, we need to turn to the global financial and capital markets for the requisite investments, “ says Dr. Frank Aswani, CEO of AVPA.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1637 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1635 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“This demands a good understanding of the social investment landscape on the continent and increasing collaboration amongst social investors by breaking down existing silos between providers of grants, debt and equity.</p> </blockquote> <p>We are taking the first step in this direction with this study. It provides a baseline against which we can track future progress and key trends that will influence the increased flow of capital into social investments in Africa while working collaboratively to identify programmatic interventions for creating increased social impact.” adds Aswani in regards of carrying out this broad research.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1636 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/532.jpg" width="986" height="1478" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Dr. Frank Aswani, CEO of The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1639 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The report presents findings of an eight-month study across 18 African countries - six each in West, East, and Southern Africa.</p> <p>The study was commissioned by AVPA with support from the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), Social Capital Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and an anonymous donor.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1641"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1640 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>"The <a href="https://www.usadf.gov/" target="_blank">US African Development Foundation</a> (USADF) supported AVPA to carry out a landscape study to understand better social investment across East, West and Southern Africa.</p> <p>The findings will help drive strategies and plans for future investors, donors, foundations, and public sector financiers.</p> <p>We are constantly looking for ways to partner with corporations and governments that are interested in the business growth of Africa." C.D. Glin, President and CEO, US African Development Foundation</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1642 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>AVPA conducted the study in partnership with Intellecap, the advisory arm of The Aavishkaar Group, which works to build businesses that can benefit the underserved segments across Asia and Africa. It mapped providers of social capital - financial, human and intellectual, their investment strategies, and opportunities for collaboration amongst the various investors.</p> <p>The findings highlight, among other things, what is currently happening, who are the key players, what are their current approaches to investing, what challenges they are facing, and the opportunities they are seeing. It also identifies additional areas of future research while making recommendations of opportunities to create a more vital ecosystem for increased capital flow and social impact on the continent.</p> <blockquote> <p>Many social investors in sub-Saharan Africa operate in silos, necessitating strategic interventions to bridge gaps across the different types of capital and investment strategies.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1652 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Key findings of the report:</p> <ul> <li>Over 820 social investors are operating in the sub-Saharan African (SSA) region; 39% in East Africa, 31% in West Africa and 30% in Southern Africa.</li> <li>The majority of social investment capital deployed across the regions continues to come from international sources with a growing number of active regionally-based social investors.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1653 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/536.png" width="1024" height="414" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"> Overview of Key Social Investors in SSA</div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1646 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Donors, development finance institutions, and sustainability aligned fund managers are the largest providers of social capital across the SSA regions, deploying billions of dollars annually, mainly through long term projects.</li> <li>Corporates and corporate foundations are emerging as strong drivers of regional social investment ecosystems.</li> <li>While Southern Africa has the highest number of regional-based family foundations, a high level of activity was also recorded for regional family foundations in West Africa who are relatively public with information on their giving and the causes they support.</li> <li>Regional Corporate Social Investors (CSIs) across sub-Saharan Africa largely support basic services (health and education) provision, while North American CSIs mostly focus on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship initiatives.</li> <li>Development finance institutions and sustainability aligned fund managers investments across the regions are highly concentrated by geography and sector, following similar trends in sector preference with financial services, agriculture and energy.</li> <li>Across the regions, tech-based enterprises focused on solving challenges in the financial services, agriculture, energy and healthcare challenges have received the highest focus from social investors.</li> <li>Large pools of social investment capital deployed by African diaspora communities, faith-based organisations and other local capital providers represent a significant opportunity for collaboration with other social investors to make progress in key social sectors such as health care, education and affordable housing.</li> <li>The supply of social investment capital in the SSA region remains significantly mismatched with demand from social enterprises and impact businesses.</li> <li>With declining funding from donors and international foundations, non-profits are exploring alternative and more sustainable funding models.</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1650 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The study includes an in-depth report for each of the three regions - East, West, and Southern Africa to provide detailed regional analyses.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1649 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1647 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/535.png" width="477" height="513" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nancy Kairo, AVPA Executive Director for the East Africa region</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1648 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“The East Africa section of this report shows there is an urgent need to diversify both the sources and the recipients of impact funds.</p> <p>Development finance institutions are still among the largest providers of such capital, and most of these funds are invested in mature stage sustainable businesses that can absorb large amounts of capital.</p> <p>Yet, to realise real change we need to see large capital flows from other sources such as the capital markets, high-net-worth individuals and grantors amalgamate in support of SMEs—the backbone of our economies.” says Nancy Kairo, AVPA Executive Director for the East Africa region.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1651 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>AVPA plans to repeat this study every 2-3 years to track trends and improve the knowledge base within the ecosystem.</p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Report <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. 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title="Dutch social enterprises have a strong influence on building a new economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/522.jpg?itok=5nIzooaN" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social enterprises are pioneers in building a better economy in the Netherlands</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1591 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1592 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A new research report from <a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/english" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Netherland</a> revealed the pioneering role of mission-driven enterprises in the business community to facilitate a transition towards a more sustainable economy and contribute to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.</p> <p>The Transition Theory shows that small, innovative players – niche actors – are of crucial importance in accelerating the process of building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. Social enterprises – companies with a primarily social mission – are the pioneers in the transition to a new economy.</p> <p>Many social enterprises focus not only on the direct positive impact they create with their own product or service but also aim to influence other companies to act more sustainably.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1595 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1593 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/application/files/4116/0499/5322/Social_Enterprises_as_influencers.pdf"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/523.jpg" width="800" height="495" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Study: Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community - image:Social Enterprise NL</div> </a> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1594 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social Enterprise Netherland (NL) has conducted the ‘<a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/application/files/4116/0499/5322/Social_Enterprises_as_influencers.pdf">Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community</a>’ research based on thorough academic literature research and inspiring examples from the Dutch social enterprise sector.</p> <p>The report found that there are three important ways in which social enterprises can influence the business community, which are at the core of their ‘model of influencing’:</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1599 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>1. ‘Raising the possible’ (showing that it is possible to do business sustainably),</p> <p>2. ‘Raising the desirable’ (showing that it is desirable to do business sustainably),</p> <p>3. ‘Raising the acceptable’ (showing that it is unacceptable not to do business sustainably).</p> <blockquote> <p>“People might think that social enterprises are very small as compared to the industry leaders. Can they really make a change?</p> </blockquote> <p>This report shows that they can actually play a crucial role in the transition of the business community towards creating a more sustainable economy, by showing that it is in fact possible to make a profit with purpose by disrupting the mainstream business as usual practices.” says Simone van Dijk Social, one of the researchers contributed to the report from Social Enterprise Netherland (NL).</p> <p>The ‘model of influencing’ describes eleven ‘influencing activities’: concrete strategies that social enterprises employ to influence. Different inspiring examples from the Dutch social enterprise sector illustrate these activities.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1602 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1600 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/524.jpg" width="800" height="800" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social enterprise Tony’s Chocolonely&#039;s mission statement: “Together we make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate” - Image: Tony’s Chocolonely&#039;</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1601 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For example, social enterprise <a href="https://tonyschocolonely.com/uk/en" target="_blank">Tony’s Chocolonely</a> has a mission statement that goes beyond their products: “Together we make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate”. This explicit mention of changing the norm clearly references changes beyond Tony’s own chocolate bars.</p> <p>Their case shows that it is possible to make fair chocolate that has a positive impact on local communities and stimulates other chocolate-making companies to copy their methods through their Tony’s Open Chain platform.</p> <p>Albert Heijn, the largest retailer in the Netherlands, followed the example and became an official ‘mission ally’ for its private-label chocolate brand Delicata.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1603 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>"Real social entrepreneurs want systems to change, transitions that take years, and that can hurt. It is about operating radically differently.</p> </blockquote> <p>As a social entrepreneur, you should think about: where are you in that landscape, in the system? What do you want to change? Do you want to set up a whole new system, or turn the current system around? Is what you’re doing impactful, or are you merely limiting the damage?” says Arjen Boekhold, Game Changer Unltd., former Tony’s Chocolonely.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1604 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Another precedent showed by social enterprise <a href="https://frankabouttea.com/en/" target="_blank">Frank About Tea</a> when they published an ‘Open letter to the CEO of Unilever’ in the Dutch Financial Times.</p> <p>With this action, they actively raised awareness about the inequalities in the tea sector amongst consumers and professionals, stimulating them to hold companies accountable for their responsibility in the supply chain.</p> <p>Social enterprises can also contribute to raising official standards, such as voluntary industry agreements, certifications and even legislation, thereby making it unacceptable not to do business sustainably.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1607 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1605 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/525.png" width="560" height="560" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Fairphone, Dutch social enterprise challenging smartphone industry - image: Fairphone</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1606 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For instance, <a href="https://www.fairphone.com/en/" target="_blank">Fairphone</a> is a social enterprise company which aims to develop smartphones that are designed and produced with minimal environmental impact.</p> <p>They are bringing together major industry players in the <a href="https://www.fairphone.com/en/2020/08/24/be-part-of-the-change-join-the-fair-cobalt-alliance/" target="_blank">Fair Cobalt Alliance</a> to jointly improve the conditions in which cobalt, an essential resource to produce smartphones, is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Our strength lies in giving an example with the product, with the service itself.</p> </blockquote> <p>[…] We have to accomplish, to prove, that a product or service like ours has a sustainable business case to put in the market, and develop a sourcing model,” says Monique Lempers, Impact Innovation Director at Fairphone. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1608 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The ‘Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community’ research shows that social enterprises – often relatively small players in their industries – can play a crucial role in the transition to a new economy.</p> <p>The results provide concrete tools to help social and other innovative companies from around the world accelerate the sustainability transitions in their industries through influencing.</p> <p>Simone van Dijk from Social Enterprise NL explains further the relevance of their research:</p> <p>“We conducted this research because we found there was still little known about the way social enterprises influence the broader business community – even when this is often at the core of a social enterprise’s mission.</p> <blockquote> <p>We hope that the findings in this report do not only help value-driven enterprises to see and enhance their influencing role, but also show corporates the relevance of (working together with) social enterprises.</p> </blockquote> <p>It also shows the importance of funding long term systems change, stimulate researchers to investigate this further, and help support organisations such as ours to support their members to unlock business potentials through their influencing role.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1597"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1596 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The recently released <a href="https://www.social-enterprise.nl/nieuws-en-evenementen/actueel/nieuws/sociale-ondernemingen-financieel-gezond-maar-hard-getroffen-door-corona" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Monitor 2020 </a>also showed that 96% of Dutch social enterprises actively aims to influence other organisations. The Social Enterprise Monitor is the largest annual survey of social enterprises in the Netherlands, carried out by Social Enterprise Netherland (NL) in collaboration with multiple partners and with the support of PwC.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1609 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social Enterprise NL is a national membership body that represents, connects and supports the growing community of social enterprises in The Netherlands with over 400 members to date.</p> <p>Their mission is to build an economy that works for all people: circular, inclusive and poverty-free. The organisation offers its members different kinds of business support and works on a more favourable ecosystem for social entrepreneurs in the Netherlands and beyond.</p> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Report - Social Enterprise Netherlands <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. 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in Sub-Saharan Africa</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1373 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1376 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1374 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Lucia Dal Negro, the founder of the Italian benefit corporation <a href="https://www.delab.it/en/" target="_blank">De-LAB</a>, is on a mission to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa using an incredibly simple yet innovative solution - the <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO protective cradle</a>. Lucia is a researcher focusing on Frugal Innovation in her studies and a social entrepreneur who is passionate about creating meaningful change in collaboration with locals in African regions.</p> <p>According to plans, the protective cradle will be distributed in rural villages in Uganda first, as a solution for working parents to ensure that they can carry their babies to work and keep them safe - for example on the fields, or markets.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1375 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/475.jpeg" width="482" height="481" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Lucia Dal Negro, researcher and social entrepreneur</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1381 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It also protects babies against infections from mosquitos and suffocation whilst sleeping at night.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1380 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1379 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This product is not only bringing positive changes to people but made sustainably too using 70% locally sourced natural fibres and produced by local people.</p> <p>Lucia and her team had to adjust to the new situation and challenges both in manufacturing and sales, presented by the COVID pandemic.</p> <p>They are currently focusing on raising funds for a simplified version of the KOKONO cradle made of recycled plastic to make it more accessible for the vulnerable people who need it most.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1378 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/476.png" width="1280" height="798" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">KOKONO protective cradle</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1383 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">The transition from academia to business to create the KOKONO Cradle</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1384 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>" I started this project in the first place because I was extremely tired of listening to academics describing wonderful possibilities to do business by doing good in low-income communities without having ever tested any of their assumptions and hypotheses. So I decided to walk the talk of the ‘social business hype’ and do something practical, in order to learn from the field what was the real challenge of using business as a force for good.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1387 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1385 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/477.jpeg" width="640" height="427" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Co-creating the KOKONO cradle with locals in Uganda</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1386 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>KOKONO’s mission is to protect babies below one year of age from the leading health and security threats to which they are exposed due to poor living conditions in South-Saharan Africa, more precisely in Uganda.</p> <p>We decided to investigate this area of needs after spending many years studying and operating in the Global South, with De-LAB, realizing that childcare is mainly managed at a hospital level, wherever possible, but more rarely at a household level.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1388 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Based on our learnings, we started to design an object that could protect babies’ health from accidental hits and animal attacks, insects - including those transmitting malaria - rodents, reptiles.</p> <blockquote> <p>We invented and patented a unique cradle, named KOKONO, which means empty pumpkin in Ugandan dialect.</p> </blockquote> <p>It provides a safe space for taking care of infants during the day and night-time. We are offering a solution to parents, mainly women who are working far from home. One of the possible scenarios is when a mother is working on plantations or cultivating the cassava plant that after a couple of hours carrying her baby, she puts him/her down to the ground. That's where the babies are more exposed to sanitary and safety risks.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">Designing for impact and usability</p> <p>We needed to consider various factors in the design process. Like the shell had to be rigid enough so a snake cannot crack it, covered with a mosquito net with a self-sustaining handle which is made of rope and can be replaced very easily if needed.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1390"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1389 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We wanted mothers to be able to bring their baby with them wherever they are going and if necessary, leave the baby on the ground with a piece of mind that its safe.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1391 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Typically only one mosquito net is available for each family, so parents and all of their children usually sleep in one big bed protected by the single net in their household. Due to this situation, there are many cases of accidental baby suffocations at night-time.</p> <p>Parents with a KOKONO can put the baby sleeping next to them in the cradle up until the child is one year old, giving better chances to survival in the most critical first 12 months. After that, the mothers can sell it, rent it, or pass it on to a friend.</p> <p>One of the most rewarding highlights of the journey so far happened when we were co-creating the object with local communities in Hoima villages. A pregnant woman came to me saying that she was so happy to know that a new solution was about to be available in her village, but I had to be very fast as her baby was about to be born.</p> <blockquote> <p>I think this was one of the best endorsements I could have ever received that we are creating something meaningful!</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1392 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Adapting the business model to address Coronavirus pandemic related challenges</p> <p>When the Covid crisis started, our venture was impacted greatly. 67% of Ugandan people lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis. The international airport has been closed, and foreign investments are radically decreased.</p> <p>The country is almost completely isolated with people being out of work which means that they are only getting poorer and poorer over time.</p> <p> To get the first handcrafted version of KOKONO out is still our top priority and we will definitely want to keep it, but the production became too expensive in a post-Covid market.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1395 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1393 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/479.jpeg" width="640" height="427" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Collaborating with local authorities to bring KOKONO to the market</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1394 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We are determined not to give up on our original mission in helping locals keep their family safe, so we came up with a more cost-effective design which would still function well.</p> <p>One thing I wanted to avoid is to let down these extremely poor people who were hit by this pandemic badly.</p> <p>The new version of the cradle is made of recycled plastic with a simple design that is quick and easy to produce.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1396 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Although we need a plastic moulder to assemble it which requires investments, therefore we are setting up an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to start production.</p> </blockquote> <p>Also, we have a zero-waste distribution model that means if the cradle becomes broken, it can be collected by our team and use it again.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1397 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Join our mission by becoming a supporter of KOKONO</p> <p>I see KOKONO as a project, not just a product.</p> <p>I believe that it has the power not just to help solve a specific social problem but to create a bridge between different cultures.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1400 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1398 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/480.jpg" width="591" height="443" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image credit: Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1399 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Taking care of babies is a universal experience for people regardless of where or how they live.</p> <p>As part of our crowdfunding campaign, we want to encourage people to connect through sharing their traditional lullabies which we hope will serve as a reminder that children are our common future.</p> <p>Contributors can choose a short refrain from a lullaby which we will engrave onto the side of the cradle. We aim to create a sort of cross cultural global embrace.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1401 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The crowdfunding campaign starts in November 2020, and people can donate any amounts to support the <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO project</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1403"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1402 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In the meantime, we are more than grateful to receive any support that could help to make <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO</a> a reality for parents in Sub-Sharan Africa to protect their babies.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Leaders of Change - Profile <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. August</div> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:54:34 +0000 Tia Clarke 109 at https://business-spirit.news A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs https://business-spirit.news/news/a-new-voice-to-unite-and-represent-irish-social-entrepreneurs <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/a-new-voice-to-unite-and-represent-irish-social-entrepreneurs" data-a2a-title="A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a 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href="/topic/entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">Entrepreneurship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-impact" hreflang="en">Social Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs" title="A new voice to unite and represent Irish social entrepreneurs" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/460.jpg?itok=P3usMjhe" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Social innovators in Ireland are creating a movement to support and unify social enterprises.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1314 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1315 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A group of social entrepreneurs, key stakeholders and supporters have joined forces to launch a new organisation called the <a href="https://www.socialenterprise.ie/" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland</a> (SERI) which can add a huge amount of value to the Irish social enterprise sector and economy.</p> <blockquote> <p>SERI aims to become a representative body for the dynamic, evolving and broad social enterprise sector in Ireland.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1316 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Social enterprises may come in all shapes and forms but all dedicated to providing innovative and impactful solutions to address the most hard-hitting social challenges. Their core objectives are often to create social, societal or environmental impact. They pursue these objectives by trading in goods and services. In addition, they re-invest any surplus profits into the creation of impact as opposed to the creation of profit for owners or shareholders.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1318"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1317 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This form of making a profit with purpose could provide a unique opportunity to innovators to start and scale their business ethically and sustainably, creating value on a social and economic level at one go.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1319 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The organisation of SERI was born out of passion, knowledge and experience that exists within the sector and a universally recognised need for a united voice. It is formed by some of Ireland’s leading social enterprise practitioners and supporters – including <a href="https://food.cloud/" target="_blank">FoodCloud</a>, <a href="https://socialentrepreneurs.ie/" target="_blank">Social Entrepreneurs Ireland</a>, <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/" target="_blank">Rethink Ireland</a> – in a means to champion for the sector and their members both nationally and internationally.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1322 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1320 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/463.jpg" width="500" height="625" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tammy Darcy, Interim CEO of Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1321 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“There seems to be a consensus so far in our conversations with stakeholders that a big priority is going to be to raise awareness of social enterprise and the impact that we create, but also to collect data, which will help us to share that story,” says Tammy Darcy, Interim CEO of newly formed SERI, also Founder and CEO of multi-award winning social enterprise, <a href="https://shona.ie/" target="_blank">The Shona Project</a>.</p> <p>Their vision for Ireland is to have a world-class environment for social enterprises to thrive.</p> <p>Therefore their strategy focuses on four pillars:</p> <p>representation, awareness, support and relationships.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1323 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Chair, Fergus Findlay, previous CEO at <a href="https://www.barnardos.ie/" target="_blank">Barnardos Ireland</a> said, “Social enterprise and its ecosystem have deeps roots in Ireland reaching back to the old Irish tradition of '<em>Meitheal</em>', where people in rural communities came together to work on a neighbours farm. This embodies the spirit of social enterprise – working as a community to benefit the community socially and economically”.</p> <p>He adds, “It is clear that social enterprise has evolved to be a thriving sector. What’s next is in our hands. Our team and our members will forge a new beginning for social enterprise and will grow this sector to benefit all our people and communities throughout the Republic of Ireland”.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1325"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1324 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>At this early stage, <a href="https://www.socialenterprise.ie/" target="_blank">SERI</a> is open to welcome members on a complimentary basis until January 2021 and have open discussions about how to create a movement that genuinely empowers and inspire social innovators in Ireland.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Profit with Purpose <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. August</div> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:04:48 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 105 at https://business-spirit.news Marketing as a force for good to tackle social challenges https://business-spirit.news/video/marketing-as-a-force-for-good-to-tackle-social-challenges <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Marketing as a force for good to tackle social challenges</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/video/marketing-as-a-force-for-good-to-tackle-social-challenges" data-a2a-title="Marketing as a force for good to tackle social challenges"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/branding" hreflang="en">Branding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/profit-with-purpose" hreflang="en">Profit with Purpose</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-video-url field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D6CCgl4PoAw?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Category</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/category/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> </div> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:36:32 +0000 Anonymous 101 at https://business-spirit.news