TWO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

Work together with Capacity Social Entrepreneurs!

Politigo: How can we engage the digital population in Swiss politics directly on their devices?

BlessedDressed: How can ethical fashion engage Swiss population in promoting a more inclusive culture in Switzerland while providing access to education for girls in need?

Thanks God Its Fair Wear: How can we spread awareness about fair fashion and engage people in ethical consumerism?

Rebi.me: How can we make payment processes more reliable and affordable for social enterprises and NGOs?

Social Tech: How can we automatize the wiping of misused electronic devices to enable recycling and inclusion of more refugees?

Amunemi: How can we optimize the supply-chain for furniture up-cycling?

STARTING FROM SIX DIFFERENT STORIES

This is the story of Beatrice

originally from Switzerland with a multi-cultural heritage

 

Track: Society Engagement

I am a social entrepreneur because:

I am half-British, half-Italian and I grew up in Switzerland with Gambian and Sierra Leonean heritage; simply considering that my life could have looked different in so many ways. I was lucky but I do not believe there is a good enough reason why others should be less lucky. So my whole life I have helped and will keep on helping others in a bid to reduce inequalities and human-made imbalances in access to information and opportunities.

Societal problem tackled by PolitiGo:

There is a regularly low voter participation rate among 18-35-year-olds in Swiss national referendums (ca. 35% vs. ca. 77% of the population over 65 years old).

PolitiGo as a solution:

PolitiGo is a platform offering multi-lingual and democratised information around every national referendum through engaging short videos in a quick, simple, neutral, reliable, free and yet fun way to learn. It aims to encourage young Swiss voters to feel comfortable casting their decision(s) on voting Sundays.

This is the story of Akim

originally from Sierra Leone

 

Track: Society Engagement

I am a social entrepreneur because:

I want to be able to create a sustainable business whilst addressing two core issues that have affected my life and that I profoundly care about: the lack of inclusion when migrating to a new host country and seeing the lack of access to education in countries such as my native Sierra Leone.

Societal problem tackled by BlessedDressed:

We address two concurrent problems. First, gender inequality in developing countries, particularly the accessibility of education to young girls (globally, 65 million girls do not attend or complete schooling and 12 million lives could be saved if all girls were educated). Second, to increase 'diversity competence' within organisations and the public at large. In Switzerland, multinationals contribute to between 16% and 36% of Switzerland's GDP. A diversity component in Swiss population is, as such, essential to uphold Switzerland's prominence in the global market place.

BlessedDressed as a solution:

We will conduct diversity training workshops in which people from diverse backgrounds will connect, share their perspectives and ideas, and ultimately produce a core message from which our t-shirt designs will be inspired. For each t-shirt sold, we will provide a school uniform for a girl in a developing country (beginning with Sierra Leone), as well as providing after-school support.

This is the story of Tachi

originally from Nepal

 

Track: Society Engagement

I am a social entrepreneur because:

It is the best feeling to be able to do social work and good, and business at the same time. Making a difference through economic empowerment of the people involved allows stakeholders such as producers, farmers and buyers to make their own informed choices.

Societal problem tackled by TGIFW:

We are trying to address the problem of lacking socio-econmic independence of women producers in Nepal. The female labour force is a large part of the labour force in Nepal, but it is mostly confined to households or low-paid jobs. Only 35% of women are educated, compared to 63% of men. For these women, getting a job is a difficult task due to the lack of education of people and a conservative society where patriarchy and fatalism are deeply rooted.

TGIFW as a solution:

By providing fair employment conditions for local women producers in Nepal, our organisation is able to create a cross-geographical business model whereby Swiss designs meet Nepalese high-quality fabrics and production. This model allows us to support local enterprises and NGOs working in the field of fair fashion and women empowerment in Nepal.

This is the story of Vaida and Danny

originally from Lithuania and Germany

 

Track: Organizational Processes

I am a social entrepreneur because:

(Vaida) I cannot live with my eyes closed. One lifewould not be enough to tackle all societal issues, but when I help social entrepreneurs, I feel I contribute to many great deeds. It brings more meaning to my life.

(Danny) I believe that every human on our planet should have quality life and equal opportunities.

Societal problem tackled by Rebi.me:

We are tackling the problems of high payment processing fees and lack of collaboration opportunities among social entrepreneurs. The B2C e-commerce turnover in Switzerland was worth 6.2 billion Swiss Francs in 2017 and a growth rate of 10% was predicted for 2018. Last year, 56% of over 6.6 mio of Swiss online shoppers preferred to pay for their purchases with credit cards rather than with invoices. One of the three most popular payment service providers charges over 3.4% for up to CHF 4k/monthly volume. Considering that 99% of Swiss economy is driven by entrepreneurs or SMEs and that there are around 500k of SMEs in Switzerland, reducing the payment processing fees from 3.4% to 1% would make a difference which, in turn, could be saved and reinvested into economy, for example supporting social entrepreneurship.

Rebi.me as a solution:

Rebi.me enables social entreprises and NGOs to collect revenues and/or donations in a easy and affordable way and, at the same time, it matches them with those entrepreneurs who are lacking a social purpose in their business so that, together, they could develop out-of-the-box solutions for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the near future.

This is the story of Mohammad

originally from Iran

 

Track: Organizational Processes

I am a social entrepreneur because:

I like to contribute to fulfilling the community needs and experiencing new challenges.

Societal problem tackled by Social Tech:

We address the evident gap and problem with the full socio-economic integration of refugees in Switzerland, while, at the same time, we tackle the problem of high electronic waste in the local community. More than 67k refugees living in Switzerland are unemployed vs. only 20k who are employed. This means that over 77% of refugees are struggling to find a job. Moreover, in 2016 there were more than 7.3 mio Internet users in Switzerland, representing the 87.2% of the total population. This number is growing bigger every year, which makes electronic waste a raising issue.

Social Tech as a solution:

At Social Tech, we recycle used laptops by collecting them from companies, wiping the data and re-selling devices to individuals for a lower market cost. At the same time, we support refugees' socio-economic integration by offering internships and work opportunities at our organisation.

This is the story of Emilce

originally from Argentina

 

Track: Organizational Processes

I am a social entrepreneur because:

I am passionate about sustainable design and upcycling. I believe that a social enteprise should meet the needs of the market while doing good with the environment.

Societal problem tackled by Amunemi:

In Europe, more than 3 mio tons of waste are generated every year. The more a country produces processed goods, the more we consume and hence also the more garbage we produce. In Zurich, every day, an average of 10 leather sofas arrive at the Reciclenhof Zürich to be incinerated. This process has tremendous consequences for the environment. In addition, people do not want to pay for the transportation of their sofas as it has a cost of between CHF 80 and 150 per sofa. This might also lead to abandoning sofas in the streets as well.

Amunemi as a solution:

Amunemi is a sustainable design atelier in which we upcycle used leather from clothes and furniture and we convert it into timeless, unique and hand-made leather bags.