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In the last year, we co-initiated the COVID Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs with the World Economic Forum, launched a crowd-funding platform in Brazil and created the world’s first social-business Coursera course. Keep up with the latest here.

The Social Procurement Manual

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Yunus Social Business and Upaya Social Ventures Join Forces

Yunus Social Business (YSB) and Upaya Social Ventures (Upaya) today announced the launch of their 2022 Accelerator Programme to help small and growing businesses (SGBs) in India scale and create jobs to lift people out of extreme poverty.

Social innovation (in a crisis)

What is it like to work as a venture builder at Yunus Social Business? We spoke to Lorelei Logel-Demoulin about her work on a project in collaboration with IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and the Ingka Group. She discussed her experiences and challenges building an ambitious social innovation project during a global pandemic.

Do you know an #UnusualPioneer? Nominate a corporate social intrapreneur for a scholarship!

Nominate a corporate social intrapreneur for a scholarship for the Unusual Pioneers platform until Feb 28th. The Unusual Pioneers is a joint initiative by Yunus Social Business, Porticus, and Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organisation of the World Economic Forum.

Are we ready to talk about social transformation?

As we embark on our next round of research into social intrapreneurship at Yunus Social Business, we are looking at the business case for social transformation. In a year where we've seen short-term priorities rise to the top of the agenda, can empirical proof help turn the tide?

What Is ‘Social Procurement’? And 5 Ways To Do It Right.

Is it possible for a fledgling social business to source to a large corporation? Sounds tough, but we know it can work! Corporations have so much to learn from social businesses about putting people and the planet first - and corporations are a great opportunity for a social business looking to scale. It can be the perfect combination. But it needs work.

5 social entrepreneurs leading innovation in the last mile logistics space in Europe.

As consumers, we are constantly demanding more. We want faster delivery, logistics and services to our door. To satisfy this demand, there is a huge focus in the investing space on “last mile” - finding the cheapest and most efficient way to serve the furthest to reach places. The last mile is the most expensive and time-consuming part of the delivery process

Evolution or Revolution: The Role of Companies in the Purpose Economy

“Only when companies disclose their impact - negative and positive - will we live in a transparent, holistic economy.” - Paul Allard, CEO & Co-Founder, Impak Finance.

10 Social Enterprises We’re Backing to Change the Female Empowerment Space in 2020

We are delighted to be part of delivering the fantastic F-LANE Accelerator, Europe's first accelerator with a focus on early-stage social impact start-ups that utilise technology to empower women worldwide.

F-LANE Virtual supports social entrepreneurs with an ambition to create impact for women worldwide.

Is diversity the only thing that can guide us through this crisis? The F-LANE Virtual accelerator shows why supporting social entrepreneurs that help women is the best way forward to foster resilience in a global pandemic.

Program Managers From SAP, Airbus and Kohler Co. Share Their Experiences As Social Intrapreneurs

For 14 months, we’ve been working closely with remarkable employees at some of the best known corporations in the world. We wanted to understand how they are driving corporate innovation from within and making their companies a force for good. On Tuesday, we spoke live to some of these intrepid Social Intrapreneurs, and shared the findings from our extensive joint research. Here’s what we learned

Business As Unusual: Releasing the Playbook For Designing Social Intrapreneurship Programs

What are Social Intrapreneur programs, and how do organisations build them? Is there a route to a post-COVID future where corporations are accelerating social innovation by empowering their own employees?

Meet the car of the future : environmental and practical

If I told you that the key to a greener city looked like a lego-style cubic car that could be assembled like IKEA furniture (well almost)… would you believe me? Whilst Elon Musk's view of the future is made up of bullet proof steel, the french startup, XYT is building a future built on inclusion, simplicity and functionality.

The (Hiring) World is your Oyster

Once the dust has settled, the Covid-19 outbreak may fundamentally shift everyone’s professional lives. Even before the pandemic, there was a rising demand for more flexibility in the workplace and now with its recent mass scale experimentation, remote work may become the new normal. If that is the case, HR will have to evolve ‘remotely’ and become essential to any small or large business’s conti

Everything we learned from our first-ever virtual Impact Accelerator

Mentoring is not just a methodological process. It’s an emotional one. Our MAN Impact Accelerator team had to deal with a rapid turn of events during the first weeks of COVID, here they explain how they went virtual!

Why we need social intrapreneurs more than ever during COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis illustrates the need for innovation from within companies by "social intrapreneurs."

The 'Business As Unusual' Webinar

As part of the first digital Skoll World Forum, Yunus Social Business hosted the ‘Business As Unusual’ webinar all about the power of social INTRApreneurship, with our partners the Schwab Foundation, HEC, INSEAD and Porticus.

NINA meets MAN: Fighting sexual harassment with the help of mobility experts

As demonstrated by the #MeToo movement, more and more women are helping society change the way we think about sexual harassment by sharing their experiences.

Scaling Impact: The MAN Impact Accelerator comes to Brazil!

This month we have completed the second program week of our third accelerator cycle in São Paulo focusing on customer development and impact. We were particularly excited to expand to an entirely new continent and increasing our global exposure by including more diversity in stops.

MIA Spotlight: The Solar Powered Motorcycle for Africa

Find out how going electric can create jobs, increase a driver’s income, provide a lower carbon emissions transport option and revolutionise the boda boda industry in East Africa.

MIA Spotlight: Adress(ya)-ing the issue: Improving Access & Opportunities

Find out how Addressya, a social business startup of our MAN Impact Accelerator, can help you find your way and be found, whilst solving a 4 billion people challenge.

MIA Spotlight : With Eu Vô, Reduced Mobility does not need to prevent a Busy Social Life!

Meet the Brazilian startup that is providing freedom for all, to exercise their citizenship rights, despite restrictions on mobility. Eu Vô is one of the 8 social businesses taking part in the third batch of MAN Impact Accelerator program.

Shifting Mindsets in Munich: The MAN Impact Accelerator #3 journey begins

After an inspiring week in Munich, launching the third cycle of the MAN Impact Accelerator - we reflect on some of the week’s insights - where entrepreneurs, mentors and the program team all met together, for the first time.

MIA Spotlight : KOIKI, Delivering More Than Packages - Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Everyone hates having to stay in all day to wait for a parcel delivery. Well, imagine if you could choose the exact time of your delivery and at the same time provide employment opportunities for vulnerable populations (for example disabled people or refugees) in your local neighbourhood whilst reducing CO2 emissions.

Take Part In Our Social Intrapreneurship Survey

Are you a social intrapreneur? Do you transform the way companies think about business? At Yunus Social Business we want to better understand the key challenges and success factors social intrapreneurs are facing. Our work maps out the emerging sector of intrapreneurship in collaboration with leading academic institutions and practitioners.

Closing the gap between business and social impact

Why do we need a social sector? Shouldn’t businesses create economic opportunities and governments ensure a just distribution of these opportunities and set incentives and boundaries such that the environment is protected?

Meet the 8 social businesses of the MAN Impact Accelerator’s third Cohort

This week, we’re proud to announce the newest cohort of our MAN Impact Accelerator. 8 high impact social business startups revolutionizing the mobility and logistics sector were selected from a pool of over 300 applications for its third cohort.

How being a Mentor in the MAN Impact Accelerator has shown me what matters most (Guest piece by Tom

Tom Schneider is one of our dedicated mentors from MAN Truck & Bus, here he has published his thoughts and unique perspectives of his mentoring experience with the MAN Impact Accelerator.

Accelerating Female Entrepreneurship in Brazil: Launching AMEI in São Paulo.

According to a survey by the Brazilian Federal Government, 3 out of 4 households are headed financially by a woman and 41% of them own their own business. Female entrepreneurship has become an important tool for social transformation and has directly contributed to the growth of Brazil’s economy.

The MAN Impact Accelerator opens applications for a third batch!

We have opened applications for our third cohort of the MAN Impact Accelerator and we are calling on European, African and Brazilian mobility and logistics social business startups!

Harnessing the Power of Networks: Part III – Creating Communities

Building a network requires processes, structure and lots of alignment. But in order for the network to truly work, it requires trust and deep-felt human connection around a common purpose. For over 10 years, YSB has built a strong network and every year we are learning more about the effects of communities and networks. This allows us to address social problems in bold new ways.

CURAFA™ integrated points of care: An integrated primary healthcare platform in Kenya

People in rural and peri-urban Kenya are lacking access to high-quality healthcare and medication. Less than 5% of Kenya’s GDP is spent on healthcare and only 17% of Kenyans have health insurance coverage. With 46% of the country’s population living below the poverty line, Kenyans are particularly vulnerable to financial catastrophe when facing health issues.

Harnessing the Power of Networks Part II: Our 3As – Alignment, Autonomy and Anxiety

The network wave has surged, and many organisations today are following a similar network-centric approach. A popular example is Spotify’s world-famous culture - driven by its organisational structure.

Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact : Part I

Networks exist in many forms and serve a vast array of different purposes. There’s the beautiful synergies in nature that allow humans and trees to breathe each other’s waste, and there’s the way that organisations function through a distributed network of interacting social animals. In all these examples, shared purpose and communication (of one type or another) are key.

MIA Spotlight: Delivering Health Services to the People who Need Them Most

People often talk about the food and water shortages in developing countries. But for some reason, worldwide access to medical care is an issue that’s not spoken about enough. No one should risk death because of a distribution problem in the medical industry but unfortunately this is the case.

Tickets are LIVE – MIA #2 Closing Ceremony

The MAN Impact Accelerator #2 isn’t quite over yet and now is your chance to celebrate the journey and the closing of another successful batch.

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

The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes once famously noted that: “we have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less“. The act of listening as a means of truly understanding an entrepreneur is an important skill when it comes to tackling the challenges they face.

A fruitful partnership – An Interview with Lisa-Katharina Guggenmos, from MAN Truck & Bus

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.

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

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.

MIA Spotlight: Shedding Light on Ajaita Shah

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).

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

In this guest post, Ritu Soni Srivastava (https://ritu.io/mentorship-basics/) 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.

Meet the Eight Startups selected by the MAN Impact Accelerator for its second cohort!

In August we began scouting for the second round of the MAN Impact accelerator, searching for impact-driven and purpose-led startups in mobility and logistics.

Social Business Day 2018 Roundup. Bengaluru, India

Our Project Intern Philine played a crucial role in putting together Social Business Day 2018, hear from her how it all came together.

We have launched an innovative new financing solution: The Social Success Note!

Today, the world’s first Social Success Note or "SSN" is launched at the Skoll World Forum by Yunus Social Business, The Rockefeller Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation and Impact Water.

Social Business Profile - Moradigna

More than 40 million Brazilians live in housing that suffers from residual damp, mold, and poor ventilation, all factors that contribute to serious public health problems.

BASF Grameen Ltd – Mosquito nets

Malaria is one of the major health problems in Bangladesh. According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2009, 11 million people in Bangladesh are at risk of malaria.

Launching the Unusual Pioneers, a platform to propel social intrapreneurs to success.

Unusual Pioneers is a platform for corporate leaders and social intrapreneurs turning business into a force for good. Established by Yunus Social Business, The World Economic Forum’s sister organisation, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Porticus.

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