Some say only business can end poverty. Others say the means that created the problems cannot solve the same. “We need a new paradigm!” Buzzwords, trends, experiments. The intention of this evening is to question and discuss the role of Social Entrepreneurship in fighting poverty as well as highlighting best- and worst practices.
The following questions will guide us through a diversified night: What is the role of Social Entrepreneurship in enabling the poor/disadvantaged and alleviating poverty? How can teaching / supporting entrepreneurship act as a powerful means to empower people to take charge of their own lives and create a sustainable living basis for themselves and for others? What is Women’ role in social entrepreneurship? What are challenges women face in becoming entrepreneurs? Why include women? How to include men in women’s projects?
Join experts and social start-ups from the international development field in Germany in creating a space for discussion, inspiration, exchange and networking around the theme ‘Social entrepreneurship and alleviating poverty’. After speaker presentations we will hold a short pitching session where several organisations will present their topic. Choose the one that appeals to you most and join them in a table talk for discussion, debate and knowledge exchange.
18:30 Welcome, Introduction by Endeva & Impact Hub Munich
18:50 Speakers Input
20:00 Table Talks to deepen input
20:45 Open End & Networking
- United for Hope – Tara McCartney
- Frankfurt School of FInance and Management – Norah Becerra
- Munich Re Foundation – Dirk Reinhard
- EinDollarBrille e.V. – Claudia Wittwer
Confirmed guests for marketplace:
- Manaomea – Christine Arlt
- Enactus München
- Fairafric – Hendrik Reimers
- Kaito Energy – Heidi Schiller
- Viva Con Aqua
- Social Tourist – Stefan Kösgen
- Kressbronn-Toril-education-Program (KTEP) – Mark Kugel
- World Food Programm Innovation Accelerator
This MeetUp’s partner: Endeva
As thought leaders and brokers, Endeva accelerates entrepreneurial solutions for development. Endeva works with all relevant actors – companies, donors, governments and NGOs – to create business models and ecosystems that include low-income people into value chains for mutual benefit. Since 2007, Endeva has successfully implemented more than 100 projects, spanning the globe, sectors, and themes.
Background on Fellowship Eight Billion Lives & MeetUp
In 2025, 8 billion people will populate our planet. How can cities cope with the stress arising from increasing urbanisation? How can food production and consumption become more sustainable and feed a world of 8 billion? How can digitalisation help to meet these challenges? To help answering these questions, Munich Re and Impact Hub Munich award the Fellowship “Eight Billion Lives”. Through the Fellowship, we support entrepreneurs that seek to improve future livelihoods in the face of population growth. We aim to enable social entrepreneurs in one of the following two fields: 1) Urbanisation and 2) Food production and consumption.
Eight Billion Lives MeetUp is a series of public events, developed within the frame of the Fellowship. The agenda of the events is inspired by the two challenges that are put in the focus of the program: Urbanisation and Food production and consumption.
With this events series we aim to engage social entrepreneurs, business wo/men, politicians and academics, state representatives and socially engaged enthusiasts in a proactive conversation around a specific topic.