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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
It's started again! The first week of this year's MAN Impact Accelerator launched at full throttle and our expectations were met and over-exceeded. It's now time to reflect on some of the highlights of our first program week in Germany which involved meeting the newest batch of startups and mentors for the very first time, valuable purpose and customer mentoring sessions and meeting Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus at our favourite event of the year: The Global Social Business Summit 2018Read More
In 2017, Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, approached Yunus Social Business to create an inspiring experience for social business entrepreneurs around the world. Together, we created the MAN Impact Accelerator to scale social ventures in transport and logistics.
During the first edition of this program, this included companies like Commut, providing save and affordable transport to women in India, Crowdcontainer, connecting smallholder farmers to global markets or Mellowcabs, providing affordable e-mobility solutions in South Africa.
The program takes the entrepreneurs on an exciting journey through five ecosystems in Europe, India, South Africa and California over the period of 8 months.Read More