The Network

epNetwork is an ecosystem for social entrepreneurs. The Network supports enterprises by encouraging the application of technology for sustainable development, engaging in Learning & Development and mentoring, and supporting growth through finance instruments.

Technology and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
Innovative technologies and organizations help solve basic supply problems worldwide – this notion led to the creation of empowering people. Network in 2013. In developing and emerging countries in particular, appropriate technological solutions adapted to existing conditions have the potential for positive social, environmental, and economic change. We also know that good ideas alone are not enough. Only a well-established organization can turn an idea into long-term change. With empowering people. Network, we support entrepreneurs in using their social enterprises and technology to provide people in developing regions with products and services that last.

As a member of empowering people. Network, you and your social enterprise can benefit from a variety of measures that are aimed at contributing to your development as an entrepreneur and to accompany your organization on its path to financial sustainability and growth.

Learning & Development
With our Learning & Development activities, we offer workshops and training sessions on topics such as Market Research & Customer Relations, Organizational Development, Social Finance, Impact Measurement, and more. Usually, we host these workshops and training sessions onsite in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, but due to the ongoing pandemic, these workshops are currently on hold. But, we will be back with a new program later in 2021.

If you would like to know more, you can contact Anna Balas, Ann-Kristin Schmidt, or Sabine Baumeister.

An ongoing activity for our network members is our current epMentoring program, which we host in collaboration with our partner, enpact. The program aims to support entrepreneurs by creating a step-by-step road map to help grow their business. Throughout the course of 8 months, 11 entrepreneurs from empowering people. Network are receiving dedicated, ongoing mentorship with in depth one-on-one sessions. Two boot camps, at the beginning and the end, complement the program with innovative workshops to explore new perspectives and engage in peer learning and networking.

If you would like to know more, please contact Anna Balas.

epMentoring Program
epMentoring Program: This Bootcamp took place virtually at the beginning of 2021, as international travel was still not possible. The virtual world has its constraints, but we've been so happy to see the whole cohort at least on a screen as we kicked off the program!
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TakaTaka Solution
Social Venture Support: TakaTaka Solutions is a Kenya-based Social Enterprise, a member of the epNetwork, and applied for the 'Call for Growth'. With this grant, TakaTaka could scale up their process for recycling plastic waste.
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epOnsite
Learning & Development: It's been some time that we had our epOnsite training in real life, but we did not forget that this was always fun! This is an impression from an epOnsite training in India. It's unclear, when we will all meet again in person - but for sure, we are looking forward to it!
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epExperteer Program
From time to time especially small organizations face challenges in their development stages due to unavailability of the required skills or simply because they cannot afford the workforce. The epExperteer Program is looking for specialists volunteering their time and skill set and thereby addressing these issues. For the epExperteer Program we collaborate with Moving Worlds. You can find the current experteering opportunities here .

If you would like to know more, please contact Sabine Baumeister.

Social Venture Support
Our Social Venture program features in-depth assistance for member organizations of empowering people. Network. It consists of financial support through our recurring tender ‘Call for Growth’ as well as individualized coaching and consulting where needed. Together with our partner Knorr Bremse Global Care e.V., we identify epNetwork member organizations with the highest potential for improvement and enhancement of their economic and social aspects. In doing so, we contribute to better financial sustainability for the social enterprise and an amplification of their social impact. The next round of the program will start in summer 2021.

If you would like to know more, please contact Jessica Sandler, Julia Wachsmann, or David Hoffmann.