IE Alumi are Social Entrepreneurs
An increasing number of our alumni become social entrepreneurs after their graduation. You can find here some examples of projects launched recently:
- Ramón Marmolejos, Pablo Estevez y Daniel Pulanski, Co-Founders of Emzingo. Emzingo is a social enterprise set on preparing leaders and empowering communities. With their leadership programs and social projects in South Africa and Peru, they inspire responsible leadership; prepare individuals to address global challenges; and connect business to society. Recently, Emzingo won the 2014 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award and is closing a finance round with Spanish investment fund CREAS of several hundred thousand euros (specific amount to be announced next week).
- Brad Krauskopf, Impact Hub Australia. In their own words “We exist to drive innovation through collaboration across diverse sectors, disciplines and generations”. They offer coworking spaces, learning opportunities and professional communities across Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Together, they form part of a larger community of HUBs in cities like San Francisco, London and Singapore all driving innovation through collaboration. Brad was named Australia´s 2013 Small Business Ambassador
- José Luis Ruiz de Munain, Unlimited Spain. UnLtd Spain is a spinoff of the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs located in the UK. The goal of the organization is to support social entrepreneurs in order to generate continuous creativity and innovation as an efficient way to transform the world.
- Ron Ben-Chaim, Solvesting: short for solution investing - is a peer-to-peer impact lending portal where investors provide interest bearing loans to small and medium businesses in developing countries to help them achieve scale, which in turn extends the reach of basic products and services to the 4 billion consumers at the bottom of the pyramid
- Jaime Millán, Help Up, a social network for people who want to volunteer in social projects. It’s goal is to provide an easy way to find a social project in which to participate that matches your interests and capabilities and that you can share with your friends. Since launch a few months ago, they have 600 active users, 2000 unique visits to their website per month, 35 social organizations are part of the network, offering 50 social projects. 62 people are already volunteering thanks to HelpUp.