• 5 Reasons for Millennials to Choose Social Entrepreneurship

    Millennials or Generation Z is the common name given to people who were born between 1991 and 2001. We are the people who check Facebook first thing in the morning, do not invest much in real estate or automobiles, and choose sharing economy platforms every time to plan traveling.

    For millennials traditional working places don´t make any sense. Neither do traditional business models. We love flexible hours, spaces for motivation and jobs which inspire us. And that´s why here I have 5 reasons for every millennial to go for social entrepreneurship.

    1. Because we are these terrific, ambitious people who are going to change the world!

    Now, slow down a little… “Change the world” is the cliché phrase for your college essays. Social entrepreneurs must be much more realistic. Combating global warming, stopping the wars and defeating world hunger can be quite tricky tasks to accomplish, but you can always start small to make an impact. Look around your community, the place where you live or the place where you study, see the problem that scratches your heart and try to find a solution. You`ll fail a few times or maybe even more, but in the process you`ll learn a lot and change not only your life, but others´as well.

    2. Because money is not enough to feel fully satisfied with your job

    First things first, as any kind of business, social entrepreneurship is about making money. It´s not enough to be only Mother Teresa, you should be Steve Jobs as well. But just having a lot of money is not enough to live fully. We need our life to have a purpose, to use our skills to benefit a cause, to make this planet even a slightly better place to live (here I use one more “college essay phrase”, but this one is TRUE).

    3. Because social entrepreneurship is not just about business but also a lifestyle

    Choosing to be a social entrepreneur is also about choosing the person you want to be. You will need to work hard, worry a lot not only about your own problems, but about the problems of others. You´ll need to find a right business model, to make sure your enterprise is self-efficient; you´ll face many challenges and tons of obstacles. But you will also be the one who inspire others, a role-model, a leader, a game-changer. Going to bed you won´t have to worry that you have not made an effort or that you have not tried enough.

    4. Because social entrepreneurs are not querulous

     There are tons of people in this world who are constantly complaining about the things they don´t like but do nothing to change them. They expect the government to solve all their problems or whine about the taxes they pay which are never spent efficiently. Do you want to be this kind of person? Of course, not. Social entrepreneurs are strong enough to face the reality and start changing their communities´fate by their own hands and brains. ´Cause as Shakespeare would say, the fault is not in our stars, dear Brutus…

    5. Because you can do it part-time

    If you feel intimidated about being a role-model or think that you are not competent enough to be a social entrepreneur, don´t feel bad about it. You can start by volunteering in one of the social Enterprises or by entering various competitions. You can find numerous free online courses or maybe learn the experiences of successful entrepreneurs firstly. You can do all these things and study at university as well or have another job. Main point is very simple: you just have to start somewhere.

    Reading this blog, you must have had this kind of question in your head all the time: Okay, I´m a millennial, I have lots of ideas and I want to change the world, where should I start? Well, one of the ways is to participate in competitions, like Social Impact Award. Social Impact Award will help you to acquire necessary skills and find the people to work with. Honestly, it has never been as easy to do good things as it is now in the 21st century – you have no excuses left for procrastination.

    Go for social entrepreneurship, make an impact!

     

  • Starting a Social Impact Business from a Founder’s Point of View: Ideation, Mentoring & Networking

     By Shayna Prunier, Impact Hub Budapest Co-founder: I will start this blogpost with a quick DISCLAIMER: I am not Hungarian, I am originally from the United States and have been living in Budapest, Hungary for about 5 years.  Therefore, my views on this topic will be influenced by my upbringing in the US, where social impact, mentoring, and entrepreneurship exist in a very different landscape.  However, I do speak from experience in Hungary as I am currently a co-founder of Impact Hub Budapest, a community driven co-working space designed to inspire, mentor, and help social and environmental impact entrepreneurs and businesses bloom and grow.  

    An innovative idea that will positively impact society is merely the first step for any social impact driven venture. The next step is finding the right resources that can help budding entrepreneurs think outside the box and break through cultural norms. BUT… where does one look for seasoned mentors to curate and develop a project? Are there any pro bono mentoring networks that support others in the same position? 

    Starting a business that adresses a pressing societal challenge is not an easy task, especially in a former socialist country like Hungry, where impactful organization tend to go against the general business mindset. Social impact or social change will only be the result of focused action, lots of time, and deliberate work. Entrepreneurs also must be willing to commit to healthier, more transparent, and more sustainable way of doing business.

    Networking: Connecting to Your Community

    Once you have your kick-ass idea, you’ll find that connecting with like-minded people is essential in bringing it to life – we, like all other Impact Hubs, are here for this reason, but if you need more convincing, read these blogposts on the why and where to network in the social impact ecosystem.

    Networking will bring you a wide range of connections, but you’ll also need expert advice from a few select professionals – and that is where mentoring comes into the picture. In our experience, “mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.”

    Yes, You Need a Mentor

    We are proud to be launching a new mentoring program this year. Our Mentor Hub will connect entrepreneurs with mentors, resources, programs and competitions for funding, and creating sustainable business models.  But we are not the only ones; in most countries business leaders from all sectors and non-profit organizations are offering their time, energy, and expertise to young entrepreneurs.

    Keep in mind that mentoring (and mentoring programs) depend and differ on many factors, the phase of your project, your time commitment, areas for improvement, but in the end, the mentoring always needs to be tailored to the mentee. Don’t forget that a project solely looking for investors is not ideal for mentoring, but it would be a mistake to dismiss expert help as unnecessary on the path to successful investment.

    How and who to approach first?

    If there is a specific target group related to the business, ask for feedback from them and/or hold focus group meetings.

    If there is a professional group, like lawyers or doctors or government officials that could be helpful, find a link to these professionals and don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

    If there is a company related to your idea, contact them and meet with someone in a prominent position at the company. You’ll find that often they are more than happy to share their experience with a young prodigy. If it applies, volunteer your time to work with them as well. The more hands-on experience you acquire will only strengthen your own business approach and end results.

    If you are creating a social media campaign or marketing strategy or communication outreach, find mentors that have these specialized skills to focus ideas and pinpoint keywords that will fuel the fire and get attention from target audiences.

    Most importantly, if you are looking for investments, find a coach to help you adjust your pitch to attract the right investors and present a kick-ass business plan that will WOW them out of their socks!

    Current Trends in Central and Eastern Europe

    Encouraging young minds to start social impact businesses is definitely trending right now. There are a few notable European-wide organizations that could be helpful such as Ashoka, working internationally to cultivate ideas using their network of fellows and partners. NESsT is also working in Hungary and many other European cities to develop sustainable social enterprises that solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. The ERSTE Foundation is active through many programs. (The latest in Hungary is their customized ERSTE Seeds program as a multistage development process for the most promising enterprises to receive ‘seed grants’ and build relationships for growth). The European Union is also offering social enterprise opportunities in many different channels. Just recently, they held a social innovation competition for companies all over Europe to ‘reboot’ equality by inspiring fresh and energetic approaches to digital inclusion, connectivity, and skills development.

    To end this post on a collaborative note, let me remind you to get more involved with the social impact networks and join forces to collectively support each other for co-creation. In my opinion, searching the city for related organizations, meet-ups, academic groups or professors, or visiting the local chamber of commerce for business information will provide a worthy start. Subscribing to newsletters and blog sites related to your cause will help inform you of events and gatherings.

    Don’t forget that impact does not happen in isolation…

    TOGETHER, WE CAN ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR CITIES, COUNTRIES, THE CEE REGION AND BEYOND.

     

     

  • 5 Reasons for Opening Healthy Food Restaurant as a Social Business Enterprise

    Freshys – the first take-out restaurant with a social business model in Macedonia

    – SIA winner 2016 –

     

    1. There are people that stay hungry for more than 24 hours (even in your local community)

    Can you imagine that in the 21st century there are still people that don’t have access to proper meals for more than 24 hours? In our local reality, in Skopje, homeless people have an opportunity to visit the open public kitchens that offer free meals only from Monday to Friday. So basically, throughout the weekend these homeless people are left without food. This affects their dignity directly – meaning they must beg for food or do dumpster diving. The restaurant Freshys, together with the organization Kindness and the informal initiative Retweet A Meal, decided to partly solve this problem by giving free meals to the people in need every Saturday in the center of the city.

    The food business is natural way of solving the lack of food for homeless people

     

    1. Restaurant – a great place for promoting social entrepreneurship

    Macedonia is a small country with many social challenges. And we are still at the beginning of the journey called developing social entrepreneurship eco-system.  Many of the young people, and population in general lack the knowledge of what the social business is truly about. As a place visited by a lot of people on a daily base, Freshys is a perfect location where people can taste wonderful food and get better insight into the world of social business. Healthy food and education is a win – win solution for all youngsters.

    It’s a business where a lot of people come every day as a customer/client, plus is a good way of promoting social business and social entrepreneurship

     

    1. Work integration of deprived people can easily happen here

    Future plans and social goals are also directed towards work integration of these targeted groups. As no one needs high education and special skills in order to prepare food, these plans could turn into realization quite easier. A couple of trainings, patience and a lot of passion – and Freshys will be able to employ homeless people, single moms, youngsters that are long-term unemployed, people with disability…

    Work integration project for homeless people or other deprived people, easy to train potential employees from these groups

     

    1. Positive influence on people’s healthy lifestyles

    In Skopje, all fast food places that you can visit in your busy daily life are not really offering healthy food. A couple of years ago, there were only one or two places of this kind, though the food prices they had were high. Opening a healthy fast food restaurant with affordable prices shapes the behavior of people in the local community. It helps them to stay healthy, save money and still not spend their time on cooking! 

    Skopje doesn’t offer affordable healthy food options/ The owner, Ljubomir Stojcheski, is a big fan of healthy food

     

    1. Grab the market share

    With busy agendas nowadays, people don’t have much time for cooking and preparing their favorite dishes and meals.  Having healthy fast food restaurants as an option, they can save their time and do other favorite activities while still enjoying the healthy food. The market for ready-to-eat foods is constantly growing and this gives a chance for growth and a capture of a bigger market share.

    Market shares of food industry is getting bigger/ you don’t have to cook at home

     

    So, don’t hesitate – go for it… open your own healthy food restaurant, work on the habits of people around you, integrate the people in need and do something good for you and your society! 

     

    Author: Marija Matovska

    Editor/ proofreader: Dimitar Chatleski

    Chief-Editor: Tizian Müllritter

  • The packaging that had a past… may also have a future! – Pakomak

    Pakomak is a non-profit company, founded in 2010, whose main activity is management of packaging waste. According to the new Law on management of packaging and packaging waste, since January 10, 2011 Pakomak is the first company in Macedonia, licensed by the Ministry of environment for selection and processing of packaging waste.  

    The company’s goal is to build a long-lasting and solid cooperation with its customers and the Government. In total, eleven leading manufacturing companies in Macedonia are founders of the company.  In accordance with European regulations, minimizing the negative impact of packaging waste on the environment, promoting a responsible attitude towards the companies packaging waste are the main goals.

    picture1Pakomak is open to include all companies that have an obligation to manage their packaging waste and are aware of their social responsibility to provide a healthier environment. As a part of Pakomak, new member-companies have equal treatment as the founding companies.
    Since May 20th, 2011 Pakomak is the 34th national non-profit company that joins the international network of packaging waste management Pro Europe, and thus receives the license to use the symbol “Green Dot”. Green Dot is a financial symbol, which signifies that for the packaging that has this symbol a fee has been paid for handling the waste after its use. Additionally Pakomak is also active member of EXPRA international network of packaging waste management companies.

    Sustainability through social responsability

    picture4Pakomak is managing the packaging waste with the aim to minimize the negative impact of packaging waste on the environment and to promote more social responsibility for the companies toward packaging waste. In the system of Pakomak as members, there are a huge number of domestic and international companies, manufacturers and importers, who by selling of their products generate packaging waste.

    picture2Pakomak leaves moreover an impression of positive and socially responsible changes in the society. Social responsibility for Pakomak is business imperative. As a successful and modern company Pakomak has plans to impact on their customers, members and partners, the environment and the whole society, regarding social responsibility. Pakomak in social responsibility is looking as a strategic long-term goal, which is the ultimate goal of improving the overall quality of life in the environment, which is the main goal of the company.

     

     

    Increasing public awareness, Investment in infrastructures, Support in humanitarian projects

    Pakomak on the one hand continuously strives to invest in improving education and raising public awareness among the population regarding the benefits of recycling, and the other hand Pakomak continuously is investing in infrastructure for the collection of packaging waste with the ultimate aim of protecting the environment. It also supports humanitarian projects and develops a sense of solidarity and philanthropy in collaboration with the community.picture6

    As a company with the aim to raise general environmental awareness among citizens, especially the need for separate collection of packaging waste and its recycling, Pakomak´s goal is to connect the entire chain of successful waste collection, with high benefits for: nature, citizens and the whole country.

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  • Fair Cycle – The Community Winner of Social Impact Award Austria 2016

    Fair Cycle produces bicycles and other products that make an environmental and social impact. Produced in Uganda and sold both there and on our market, they combat unemployment and support a sustainable lifestyle. Fair production, materials, price, and impact are the keystones of our philosophy and products.

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    With a bicycle, a person can go four times farther and carry five times more than by walking. This allows farmers to transfer more products to the markets, children to have easier access to education sites, families to more easily reach healthcare units, and much more.

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    THE BICYCLE – MOBILITY FOR EVERYONE

    We are developing an innovative process of joining bamboo poles with recycled plastic bottles to a bicycle frame. This allows people in developing countries to build quality bicycles at a reduced cost while also earning a fair wage in an otherwise struggling economy.

    We will begin production and distribution of the bamboo frames in Uganda and spread to different developing countries as well as western markets. This can be easily done because the needed materials are widely available and helps many people to benefit from it.

    With the prize money we will be able to finish developing our prototypes and plan on flying to Uganda to start building the first bicycles there in 2017.

     

    The four Keystones of our Fair Cycle: 

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    With above-average wages, good work hours, and safe workshops, fair working conditions are guaranteed. The satisfaction of the work results in our consistent high standards.

    FAIR MATERIALS 

    Our aim is to create products out of sustainable and reusable materials. We use natural materials like bamboo, cork, and biodegradable plastic, with other parts that come from recyclables.

    FAIR PRICE 

    We think that a product is only sustainable if many people benefit from it. Our goal is to develop and produce long-lasting products which most people can afford. We don’t want money to be the reason why people can’t choose fair production and sustainability.

    FAIR IMPACT flaschen-uganda

    Beyond fair wages, we also take a percentage of the profit from every sold product and return it to the producing communities. This percentage supports other projects such as the bicycle “Buy One, Donate One” program, house construction, and micro-credit loans.

     

     

    “AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION IS NO DOUBT ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE, BUT UNRECOGNIZED TOOLS OF RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT WORK. A BICYCLE IS AN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IN AN INDIVIDUAL’S LIFE.” – K. DAY, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF

     

    In a box: What we learned from SIA in a nutshell: 

    • We entered SIA because we hoped to get the best support for our Idea – which we got.  
    • SIA supported us with a community of like-minded people. This motivated and helped us to stick to our idea and accomplish it– even in times it seemed that nobody else believed in it.
    • SIA helped us to focus on the important things – and not to get lost in details.

     

    Link: Fair Cycle

  • “Eventually in life you will end up regreting more the things you didn’t do than the things you did”

    Today Blagoja Grozadnow shares her experience  as an entrepreneur on our blog. Very inspiring and helpful words!!!

    Dear Blagoja, what exactly is Konto Profit and how did it all start?

    Konto Profit is a family owned business. It was started by my father some 20 years ago. At the beginning it was heavily focused on offering classic bookkeeping services and only my mother helped out. Meanwhile our human capital has grown to 7 employees, out of which 2 have a Master’s degree in Accounting and Audit, 1 has an MBA, 4 are certified accountants and 1 has a degree in law.

    In short we became a company focused on business, tax, and legal counseling, accounting, budgeting, official financial reporting, payroll calculations, registering new legal entities, business planning as well as organizing trainings and seminars on finance, accounting and tax related issues. Normally, people think of these activities as being administrative, unproductive, process and paperwork oriented tasks.

    But in essence we would like to run as far away from these perceptions as we can. The core of the business must be the people surrounding it – the employees and the clients. Every client has a specific need and every employee must possess the necessary skills, formal knowledge and problem solving approach to listen to the client, find and communicate a solution to them. The bottom line must be finding solutions that result in the satisfaction of the client, while upholding the relevant legal framework.

    As for me personally I manage the company for 6 years now. I hold a Master’s in Accounting and Audit and I am the chief lecturer and consultant.

    If you could go back in time, is there anything you would change? 

    I would definitely start working and get involved in the business from an earlier age. Originally I planned on finishing with my Master’s before running the business. Meanwhile  I’ve seen just how valuable practical and applied knowledge is. I also find it very complimentary to the academic knowledge, just like 2 pieces to a puzzle and I feel that I should’ve complemented my academic with practical knowledge sooner.

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

    Can I go with two? First: Don’t make any decisions or make any promises when feeling  angry, sad or happy.

    And second: Eventually in life you will end up regreting more the things you didn’t do than the things you did.

    How do you keep yourself motivated? 

    I function by setting long-term objectives for myself and then move towards achieving them by hitting one milestone after the other. The milestones are basically shorter-term goals that lead to the achievement of the main objective. That way I never have problems with motivation, I have the long term achievement in the back of my head and I never lose it ouf of sight and on a daily basis I focus on the short-term objectives.

    The key is set up meaningful objectives that actually move you forward, and this applies to both your professional and private life. It’s important to stay hungry for knowledge and to always try to better and improve yourself in everything that you do. Anything can be done in a better way – you just need to discover it. Personally, I find that meeting new people with whom you communicate different experiences is always beneficial to your own development.

    Eventually in life you will end up regreting more the things you didn’t d than the things you did.

    What’s the most necessary thing when starting a business? 

    Willpower. If at first you don’t succeed – keep on working and never quit at the first obstacle. But to counterbalance willpower you also need to be flexible and always have a back up plan.

    The balance between these two is tricky, because the most difficult decision in life is when you have to decide whether to try harder and keep on investing in something in which you have already invested so much, or count your losses, quit and start over again.

    Tell us something more about your experience with Social Impact Award? 

    The whole process was a truly wonderful experience. First, because the wealth of good ideas that I got to hear and judge from some remarkably talented young people. Second, because the “social” component in all of them was very well outlined. To hear from these young people about how they plan on solving the issues they find most important was incredibly sobering. And third, because communication with the SIA organization team and the other jury members was great.

    I look forward to working with the girls that were awarded the community award and helping them out establish their own idea in a sustainable manner and I would love toagain be part of SIA next year.

    What advice will you give to the future SIA applicants and finalists? 

    Having big ideas that impact a large part of society is excellent, but always keep the feesibility in check. Keep the business model as clean and simple as possible, have a clear idea on how you plan on making money and point out the social problem you are solving and the targeted vulnerable group that you are trying to help.

    Clarity is the main thing for me. If the idea is understandable, the business model sound and the social problem it addresses relevant then you have a good chance.

    Thank you so much Blagoja for your time! 🙂

     

  • “This amazing social venture ecosystem changed a lot for us!” – Refugees Work

    Refugees Work is one of the new rising impact ventures in Austria. On September 29th they were among the winners of this year’s Social Impact Award Austria. Today, they explain what there venture is about and how the Social Impact Award helped them to accelerate their activities.

    Refugeeswork.at is an online job platform that connects refugees with employers & streamlines the whole recruiting & onboarding process for both sides by providing different online- & offline services. In doing so, we help employers to find hidden talents and increase their corporate diversity, while supporting candidates to access the labor market according to their skills and knowledge.

    “Our mission is to make refugees` potential accessible to the labour market & to break down negative stereotypes towards refugees.”

    The Social Impact Award 2016 helped us to accelerate our activities in a very early stage by offering us coaching support, a great network, workspace & seed funding – exactly what we – a young start up – needed. That’s why we applied for the program in the first place. Apart from making many new friends and meeting inspiring people, entering and being part of this amazing social venture ecosystem changed a lot for us!

    We will invest the three thousand euros in one of our projects that aims at breaking negative stereotypes towards refugees, particularly in companies, in order to improve the image of refugees generally, but also to grow our customer base, increase the number of placements and raise awareness towards the economic benefits of differences in corporate organizations. This will hopefully bring us closer to our ultimate goal, which is to create equal chances of refugees (and/or migrants) on the labor market.

     

    Contact: office@refugeeswork.at

    Website: refugeeswork.at/

    Facebook: facebook.com/refugeeswork.at

    Twitter: twitter.com/refugeeswork_at

  • It is our vision to build more inclusive communities! – ZIAG

    When in January 2015 for the first time 35 refugees came to the small village Berndorf bei Salzburg, hometown of Natalie Haas, initiator and project leader of ZIAG everything started by just doing it. What the community saw after some months was that a new inclusive community, together with the refugees, developed inside their village.

    “When after a few months other villages contacted us, invited us to share our experiences and asked what it was what we did, that it worked, that we are able to live together in a positive way, we finally realized, that it was not a big plan in the beginning, but rather an organic way of little ideas evolving one after the other, where everyone participated with their interests, ideas and resources, that led us together. We realized, that strength lies in differences, not in similarities. Everyone can contribute with their own ideas.“

    pb__7866In 2015 some 90.000 people sought for asylum in Austria. The first step for refugees in Austria is living in a community and waiting for their positive paper. Some people in those communities have reached out to help and are full of successful ideas for positive co-residency with refugees inside the community while others are fearful, maybe want to do something but just don’t know how and what. Regardless of ones opinions, refugees are here now and the only way to face the challenge is to include them into our communities.

    Community is the answer!

    ZIAG is the first platform with ideas for positive co-residency with refugees inside the community that workshopleiterinnenziag-1
    connects locals, refugees and mayors and gives them ideas, knowhow and support to participate actively in the community and the integration process. This happens online through the easy to use idea collection where everyone can contribute their ideas for positive co-residency with refugees inside the community and thus make it available for those who don’t know how to start. Offline we visit the communities, build local integration teams, coach them and support all parts of the community through workshops from our experts for mayors, from already integrated refugees for asylum seekers and from experienced volunteer coordinators for volunteers.

    Strength lies in differences, not in similarities!

    We’ve entered the SIA program, because we wanted to realize our idea, we knew that it is the right thing to, but didn’t know yet how we can achieve our goal and which steps we need to take to realize it. 

    ziag_teamThe SIA helped us to further develop our idea and the publicity we got through it helped us to build a strong team, a network of partners, supporters and advisors that is crucial for our sustainability. With the 3000€ we will fund our integration program in the first 5 villages. It makes us proud to see that our work is worth it and that people do believe in us and our project and to know more individuals and projects now that are giving their best for social good with the same passion that we do.

     

    It is about the small ideas to reach great impact!

    The great support we received from all around while the SIA incubation phase and to be within the winners now is a proof of our project and it helped us finalize our concept and starting to implement.

    We want to encourage everyone to get involved in their communities as much or as little as one can. If you are wondering what difference you could possibly make, it is a huge one! Little by little, together we can all contribute to a big positive change. 

     

    Everybody can contribute!

    Contact: hallo@ziag.at 

    Website: www.ziag.at

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ziag.at/

  • Prevent Group – An example how shared value is created in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    In times of changing business models, in which social shared value plays a more important role, Prevent Group is a good example how to persist as one of the largest private sector companies in Bosnia and leading automotive suppliers in Europe while supporting social needs.

    The Prevent Group strives to be a valued corporate citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are highly committed to creating shared value (CSV) and believe that companies are expected to invest in societies and build better local communities.

    In order to create this shared value they invest in business development, education, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Supporting 1393 scholars of Hastor Foundations in whole Bosnia and Herzegovina, they give chance for education to youth in rural areas and those in need. They support them all the way through their studies in order to help them achieve their goals. At the end of that road, they become experts and contribute to further development of education system, economy, politics, and laws and so on.

    Prevent Group introduced its manufacturing operations in 1999 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Group commenced in Visoko with a production of seat covers. The Group’s manufacturing system follows the just-in-time model, which requires continuous and strictly synchronized delivery of parts to minimize inventory and optimize speed and quality of production.

    This applies to Prevent’s own products and to the delivery of parts to the Group’s customers. With a proven and successful commitment to the economic and social development of Bosnia and Herzegovina and an enviable record of success in production, Prevent is a model of best practice and a magnet for foreign investment.

    Prevent maintains the highest standard of social responsibly throughout its operations. It is committed to transparency and follows a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.

    The Prevent group is actively committed to maintain absolute respect for human rights across the whole spectrum of its employment policies, production operations and corporate citizenship initiatives. Prevent is actively engaged in developing new techniques and new technology to prevent any environmental damage arising from its production operations.

  • The wandering café – an opportunity for homeless people to get back on track for good

    Zsófia Folk (26) is a law student at Charles University in Prague. She worked as a volunteer at the Endre Ady Student Club, at the League of Human Rights, at the organization FairArt and – as a visiting student – at the Budapest law firm Réti, Antall & Partners. She co-operates already with František Kusy in creating a culture portal www.magyarbohemia.cz. This time she talks about her new project.

     

    VB3VeloBloud is a tricycling café in style, offering premium coffee, something like ice-cream vendors of the past century, with a difference, however – the employees are homeless people.

    SIA is a very good opportunity for young organisations to gain experience, to get inspired and to improve their projects.

     

    We’ve entered the program because we wanted to realize an idea – the Wandering café, and we hoped that SIA could help us to achieve our goal. We were right, we’ve not only made progress in our project, but we’ve met some fantastic people with great ideas.The goal of our project is to make these people and their world visible to others. For one thing, we are trying to take away the prejudices of the society about this social group, and for another, we want to help homeless people to get back on track for good.

     

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    Thanks to the contacts we have established with coffee roasting companies, our coffee is of exclusive quality. Currently we have one VeloBloud, with one employee – thanks to the project she is not  homeless anymore. Our plan is to employ two other people by the end of this year. 
    After a great start in Prague we would like to improve the project, that is why we are launching a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo – our plan is to build another tricycle for Prague and to open a cafe in Budapest, too.

     

     

    Our team:
    Zsófia (26), law student,
    Karel(30), postgraduate in economic geography,
    Fero (35), graphic designer, technician
    Sára (25), co-worker

    Wish us good luck! 🙂