Social entrepreneurship often gets mentioned as a concept, but it is rare to come across entrepreneurs who went ahead and set sail on their journey.
We got together with several alumni from our Impuls programme, a formative cycle for social entrepreneurs, to discuss concrete aspects of their motivations and their day-to-day lives.
What made you turn to social entrepreneurship?
“My primary aim was to be an entrepreneur, that is to be my own boss, to carry out my ideas by creating a project from start to finish and to be able to work at my own rhythm. While I was brainstorming ideas, it became clear to me that my project had to have a strong social side while nevertheless being profitable and self-sufficient.”
Emma Zimmer, Nouma
“I wanted to create something that belongs to me. My personal convictions and my involvement in social projects compelled me to consider a business strategy that was green, fair and environmentally friendly. Nyuko’s 1,2,3 Go Social programme (Impuls’s former name, ed. note) helped me form an action plan.”
Sandra Siebenaller, Nappilla
“We delved into social entrepreneurship mainly because we wanted to find a solution to an environmental problem, for others but also for ourselves. Most of us are mothers, so we are really aware that the damage caused to our environment and the change in our climate will affect future generations more and more if we don’t work to prevent it now. We sincerely wanted to reduce waste and began to believe that a world without waste, where nothing is lost but instead transformed into useful products, was possible.”
L'équipe fondatrice d'OUNI
“We wanted to create a site that would demonstrate that it is possible to change our approach to agriculture and make it more ecological, fair and closer to the consumer.”
Pit Reichert, Terra
“I have always felt that I am meant to be an entrepreneur. Even the social aspect of my project is not an added bonus, to me it’s natural. I believe that a business, as an actor in the economy, has to be accountable for creating value, not only in the commercial sense but also in terms of well-being.”
Thierry Li, Seabiscuits