Delivering Health Services to the People who Need Them Most

Everyone’s familiar with the ‘last mile’ problem in distribution. It’s easy to get a large amount of goods or data very close to the consumer but the last step of getting it precisely to their front door is often the longest and most expensive stage. Applied to the healthcare system, this relates to the billion people around the world who lack access to care due to the distance they live from a clinic.

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Tickets are LIVE – MIA #2 Closing Ceremony

We invite all intrapreneurs, startup entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, or journalists in Munich to celebrate the success and journey of our program at the MAN Impact Accelerator Closing Ceremony on June 25th at the MAN Truck Forum. This day will mark the end of an exciting journey of 8 social business startups from Europe, India and South Africa addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time in the fields of transport & logistics.


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Godson Commodities - The entrepreneurs who quit their jobs and sold their home to change the lives of Ugandan farmers.

We spoke to the founders of Godson Export Commodities, Godfrey and Anne Maina to understand why they started the business and what they have learnt along the way. Godson Export Commodities collects, processes and exports chia, quinoa, and sesame grown by smallholder farmers in Uganda. They are transforming the lives of rural farmers socially and economically by enabling them to fairly participate in organic food value chains. The partnership between Godson Commodities and Yunus Social Business has enabled them to grow immensely with access to finance and growth support.

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Forget the “Consulting” Approach - It’s High Time we Mentor by Listening

At the heart of our accelerator programs, there are experienced mentors who take our social businesses through intensive 1-to-1 mentoring sessions. These sessions ensure that we’re delivering the most tailored value-added mentoring in the shortest possible time. This style of mentoring challenges the entrepreneurs to face uncomfortable truths and inspires them to be the best they can be and reach their full potential.

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See the highlights from our 2019 East Africa Partner Trip

See the highlights from our annual partner trip. We took a group of philanthropists and partners to visit some of the social businesses in our portfolio in Uganda including Godson Commodities, Impact Water & Tugende. We also visited Kenya to see some of our pipeline companies. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet not only with the social entrepreneurs, but with the beneficiaries that the social businesses affect.

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A fruitful partnership – An Interview with Lisa-Katharina Guggenmos, from MAN Truck & Bus, about her experience of leading the MAN Impact Accelerator with Yunus Social Business

Yunus Social Business’s ‘Social Business Accelerators’ help corporates connect to exciting social entrepreneurs and engage their employees in unique mentoring experiences for social change. Today, we interview Lisa-Katharina Guggnemos, Senior Digital Strategy Expert & program Lead from MAN Truck & Bus who shares her success of creating successful projects along with uncommon allies like Yunus Social Business. Lisa’s dream is to make the MAN Impact Accelerator not only one of MAN’s most meaningful projects, but also an ecosystem of innovation culture and ideation for the company.

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How an Open-Source Web-App is Solving A Refugee Aid Crisis

Although the refugee crisis may no longer make daily headlines, the struggle continues for thousands of people who are trying to piece their lives back together in a new country where there is often little to no social or financial support. But why should refugees be in such short supply of warm clothing and food when organisations are often flooded with generous donations from members of the public? In order to delve into this paradox, this week we got the chance to tour a donation warehouse. It is in these warehouses where all the stock is sorted and distributed where the main challenge lies. The innovative work of Boxwise offers a solution to tackle this problem.  

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Mid-Point Reflections of the MAN Impact Accelerator

At the halfway point through the program we find ourselves sitting back and reflecting over the last five months. And what a fine journey of progress and development it’s been. We’ve seen our entrepreneurs learn and share all sorts from methodologies to frameworks to general advice about life and business. One thing is for sure: our participants have already made astounding progress in the first half of their journeys and they show no signs of slowing down.

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Shedding Light on Ajaita Shah - An Entrepreneur of the MAN Impact Accelerator

India has an enormous population of 1.4 billion, within it there are a staggering amount of people who live rurally with no access to a reliable or regular electricity supply. Roughly a third of the planet’s electricity deficit is in India with only 82% of its inhabitants having access to electricity – meaning a total of 239 million people are left in darkness (as of 2016).

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How Social Intrapreneurship Can Shake Off The Corporate Dust

So, here we are. The time for change and personal re-shaping through resolutions is upon us already. But this doesn’t just mean an opportunity for personal improvement, it also means a time for professional self-development too. Fresh into the new year is a great time to take a step back and open yourself to new ideas that stimulate inspiration and innovation and might create a positive culture change in your workplace. Start-ups shouldn’t be the only that encourage dreaming, thinking and innovation.

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The 3 Basics Every Mentorship Program Must Have. (Guest piece by RITU SONI SRIVASTAVA)

In this guest post, Ritu Soni Srivastava talks about her involvement as mentor of the MAN Impact Accelerator (our corporate innovation accelerator program) and the 3 things she would encourage every mentorship program to adopt.

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Why you should join impact investing? My first 100 days at Yunus Social Business.

Already in the crucial latter half of my 20s, I was seeking opportunities where I could accelerate the growth of my personal and professional capital more than my financial capital. As an investment banking analyst at a leading bulge-bracket firm, ‘impact investing’ was not an investment area I was very familiar with. I was fortunate to get a brief, albeit tangential, exposure to this area during an NGO fundraising exercise. That exposure subsequently prompted me to do some introspection and having coupled it with external research, I soon found myself exploring career options in the field.

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Impact Water have reached 1,000,000 children in Uganda with clean drinking water. And the best bit? They aren’t a charity but a pioneering social business.

Before Susan Mubiru bought a water purification system for her school, Namutebi Nkata Primary in Uganda, she had to find a way to boil water for all of her 516 students. “When we used to boil it, it was never enough. The children would not always have drinking water regularly”. For Susan, and schools across Africa lack of access to safe drinking water is a huge challenge. It doesn’t just mean that children are regularly off sick from school, but unclean water is responsible for the majority of the 1.8 million annual diarrheal caused deaths. In fact, over 40% of diarrheal disease transmission can be attributed to the school environment.  

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