• “When you fail, fail quickly, understand why you failed, learn, change and move on.”

    Updates about the Social Impact Award and its impact in society

      In this interview SIA Greece was talking with its this year´s jury member Efthymios Nikolopoulos. He shared his impressions of the Social Impact Award as well as his inspiring ideas on Entrepreneurship and how to effectively learn out of failure.   Efthymios, what is the greatest thing about Social Impact Award -as a competition/institution- in your point of view? The passion of the organizing committee, the international expertise in the area of social entrepreneurship and the focus on […]

  • The incredible life of afterwaste: Upside Down!

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Upside Down is an organization from Iaşi, that aims to help the environment and to determine costumers to take responsible decisions. Our story and mission began once we won the Social Impact Award competition in 2012. We create eco-friendly accessories such as wallets, bags, book covers, iPad covers and bumbags, made from banners and tire tubes. In this way, Upside Down uses waste in a creative manner in order to bring […]

  • A social enterprise changes the consumers’ culture in Russia

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    It all started with the Social Impact Award 2014 CharityShop is a new type of social business that becomes more and more popular in Russia. Daria Alekseeva, owner of CharityShop, was a finalist of Social Impact Award in 2014. She was interested in fashion but also wanted to make this world a better place. Daria looked at different kinds of charity shops and developed her own version. CharityShop in Moscow […]

  • „The theme of social business has drawn a bigger attention just in the last few years.”

    Updates about the Social Impact Award and its impact in society

    She is interested in social business and she believes in a better world. She wants to contribute her share to it. It´s Hana Kavánková, who leads two acceleration programs at Impact Hub Prague and one of these is the Social Impact Award. In the interview we talk about social business and interest of young people in this topic in the Czech Republic. You rate application forms with SIA organisational team […]

  • Will we finally manage to make children interested in chemistry?

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    The number of students interested in studying natural sciences is still decreasing. Obviously, something’s not right! Chemistry is definitely the least favorite, despite the fact that nowadays, it’s the foundation of all our consumer areas. The children don’t see the logic in it, the volume of “pointless” theory bores them. The two Slovakia’s SIA winners 2015, Adrián Hegedűš and Ivana Kravárová, came up with an original way how to change […]

  • „The importance of the team is highly underestimated!”

    Updates about the Social Impact Award and its impact in society

    This is an interview with SIA jury member Katharina Turnauer, who’s been financing countless social projects and social business ideas across Europe through her own private non-profit foundation since 2009. Amongst other things, we talked about the essentials when founding a venture in the social sector and why money isn’t always the most crucial point.   Katharina, for more than seven years you’ve been supporting social ventures with your foundation. […]

  • “If you have something in mind, simply give it a try.”

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Interview with David Zistl, founder of “Flüchtlinge Willkommen” and SIA winner 2015.   The vast migration of refugees has become one of the most complex challenges for European countries since many years and triggered a broad discussion about how the refugees can be integrated into our society. While politics are still struggling in offering proper solutions to this topic, a few students from Vienna, Austria have been faster. In the […]

  • Promoting social inclusion and active citizenship

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Between four and ten thousand people live in the streets of Prague, making homelessness an issue that has to be addressed on a social level. That’s why Pragulic cofounders Tereza Jureckova and Ondrej Klugl came up with an idea for a project that allows people living in the streets to become tourist guides, contributing to the reduction of social exclusion and stigmatisation. “It all started after SIA kick off in […]

  • Bitcoin to the People

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    In Croatia, a small startup project called Coinsulter aims to link the digital currency Bitcoin to the world of the consumer-market.

  • Empowering children through sports

    The stories of some of the best projects from the previous years

    Croatian project Allegria aims to make sport accessible to children from low income families. Read here about how a strong-willed Croatian set out to improve the life of her community.

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