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Transforming Healthcare by Empowering Women: doctHERs Wins Young Entrepreneur Award

May 2016: Dr. Sara Saeed, 29, co-founder of doctHERs, wins the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize, awarded by Unilever and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). 

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​Innovative Solutions Win Fabric of Change Award to Tackle Fashion Industry’s Sustainability Problems

Three extraordinary initiatives received Fabric of Change awards yesterday at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, hosted by fashion icon Amber Valetta and fashion writer Derek Blasburg. The Summit convened key players seeking to solve the industry’s sustainability challenges.

Grants totalling €100,000 were awarded by C&A Foundation, which, in partnership with Ashoka, launched the Fabric of Change challenge last year to spotlight and support fresh approaches to transforming the fashion industry. The winners are:

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There's Nothing Uniform About this Sustainable Fashion Startup in Brazil

Millions of tons of clothing end up in landfills every year. But only about five percent of discarded clothing is unusable, making fabric scrap heaps both amazing and affordable resources for companies with reuse on the brain. Retalhar, founded by Jonas Lessa, 25, is one of these companies. 

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Changing Your Company from the Inside Out? Top insights from Chris White

Chris White is the Managing Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations. He is also the author of Changing Your Company From the Inside Out. Chris joined the Social Intrapreneurship for Health and Wellness online course (organized by Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelheim) as a guest speaker, speaking on the theme of “Intrapreneurial Challenges and Opportunities,” in a session moderated by Brian Kurtz.

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Inovações em Direitos Humanos na América Latina? Lançado o desafio!

Para promover uma nova visão dos Direitos Humanos na América Latina, a Ashoka e a Ford Foundation lançam o desafio Direitos Humanos na América Latina: Impulsionando a Transformação, que busca inovações sociais de alto impacto para conectar e mobilizar uma comunidade de agentes de transformação pela mudança da visão sobre os Direitos Humanos em nossa região! Os projetos vencedores  receberão 20 mil dólares para o primeiro lugar e 10 mil dólares para outros dois projetos.

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Lessons from the Journey of a Young African Social Entrepreneur

Highlights from the live Q&A session with Alain Nteff, co-founder of Gifted Mom

Alain Nteff co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Gifted Mom, when he was just 20 years old. Gifted Mom’s mission is to prevent infant and maternal deaths by delivering critical health information to pregnant women and new mothers via mobile technology. The service uses SMS and voices messaging to deliver stage-based and customized notifications for pregnant women and new mothers, with information on topics like when to go for their next antenatal care session or baby vaccination. The platform currently impacts 6,000 users in Cameroon, Mali, and Nigeria.

Alain has been named one of Forbes’ 30 most promising African entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and was awarded the first Queen’s Young Leader Award by Queen Elizabeth II. He was also a winner of Ashoka’s Future Forward Challenge.

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Join the Webinar: Equal Opportunity for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Africa

Join the live Webcast at bit.ly/1SnLePQ on Thursday 5th May - 4:30pm East Africa / 1:30pmGMT/ 9:30amEDT 

As young people in Africa prepare to become job seekers and entrepreneurs, how can the employment ecosystem ensure that opportunities are accessible to all?

Future Forward's panel of Ashoka Fellows and Meredith Lee, Deputy Director of Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation, will discuss solutions to the challenges young people face across the lines of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and ability.

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Finalists Announced! 7 Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Pitch at Unilever

After seven months reviewing 927 entries from 99 countries on six continents, our panel of experts from Unilever, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Ashoka have selected the top seven sustainability solutions. Each will win €10,000, a place on a bespoke accelerator programme in Cambridge, and the chance to pitch to a panel of judges at Unilever HQ in London next month.

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Announcing our Co-Creation Pioneers of 2016!

Updates from Ingelheim: Crowning 7 'Co-Creation Pioneers for 2016'

Earlier this month, seven co-creation teams from around the world—each made up of one social entrepreneur and one Boehringer Ingelheim employee—traveled to Ingelheim, Germany, to pitch their health innovations live to a panel of judges. The three-day Co-Creation Summit was the first of its kind for Boehringer Ingelheim, with participants coming together to work on their business models, scalability and sustainability plans, and to fine-tune the win-win-win nature of these pioneering collaborations.

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Join #FabricOfChange for a Twitter Chat on Sustainable Fashion's Recycling & Upcycling Movement - Wed., April 20, 12PM EDT (5PM London)

Join Ashoka @changemakers and the #FabricOfChange network on April 20th at 12 p.m. EDT for a thought-provoking discussion on Twitter about recycling and upcycling solutions that are keeping clothing out of landfills and reducing fashion's big footprint on our planet. Share your perspectives and ask our expert panelists your questions!

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Finalist Spotlight: Noora Health

Noora Health trains patients and their families with high-impact health skills to improve outcomes and save lives. Noora Health and Boehringer Ingelheim are working together to combine their knowledge about a particular chronic disease to increase education on how to care for patients suffering from this incurable disease.

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Finalist Spotlight: MicroClinic Technologies

MicroClinic Technologies have developed a software that is transforming patient’s access to diagnostics and medicines in rural communities. Boehringer Ingelheim employees are co-creating a plan with the MicroClinic team to improve availability, accessibility, quality and affordability of medicines by scaling this technology.

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Finalist Spotlight: Garbage Clinical Insurance

Garbage Clinical Insurance is providing a way for Indonesians from low income families to trade their garbage for health care services. Boehringer Ingelheim employees are co-creating a business model that has the potential to scale this service across cities in Indonesia and beyond.

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Finalist Spotlight: Fight the Stroke

Fight the Stroke work to improve the detection and rehabilitation of infant stroke survivors. Based in Italy, Fight the Stroke was founded by the parents of a young stroke survivor, who discovered that mirror neuron rehabilitation could help their son regain his mobility. In the build up towards the Making More Health Summit, Fight the Stroke are teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim employees to work out how to reach patients globally

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Finalist Spotlight: Eau et Vie

Eau et Vie is building a social business network that is changing the health conditions in rural areas. Founded in the Philippines in 2008, Eau et Vie's projects are embedded in the communities that they serve. Together with Boehringer Ingelheim, they plan to scale-up their microfinance solutions to improve access to pharmaceutical services.

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Finalist Spotlight: Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO)

Twenty-five percent of homeless people keep pets to fulfill the basic human need for companionship—and many put the needs of their pet(s) above their own health. Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO) leverages the connections between homeless people and their pets to provide access to healthcare for both. Founded in Canada in 2003, CVO is exploring the potential to expand this model across the United States with the help of Boehringer Ingelheim. 

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Os finalistas foram anunciados!

Parabéns aos 10 finalistas do desafio Tecendo a Mudança! A equipe de seleção da Ashoka escolheu esses candidatos entre mais de 300 inscritos de 55 países e com base nos critérios do desafio de inovação, impacto e sustentabilidade. Acreditamos que as soluções em todas as etapas da cadeia de valor da moda são necessárias para promover uma verdadeira transformação do setor.

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Finalist Spotlight: Changamka Microhealth Ltd

Samuel Agutu developed the Changamka MicroHealth model in 2008 after his pregnant sister passed away without health insurance for the prenatal care she desperately needed. Changamka delivers an affordable holistic health insurance package to Kenyans from low-income families so that they can afford treatments for critical illnesses.

 

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Fabric of Change Challenge Finalists Announced!

Join us in congratulating the 10 Finalists of Fabric of Change! Ashoka’s shortlisting team selected these top entrants from more than 300 entries from 55 countries and based on the challenge’s criteria of innovation, impact, and sustainability. We believe that solutions at every step of the fashion value chain are needed to drive a true transformation of the industry.

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New Report by Ashoka and C&A Foundation: Social Entrepreneurs' Perspectives That Are Transforming the Apparel Industry

Interested in creating a fair and sustainable apparel industry and innovating like a social entrepreneur? This new report includes insights from more than 30 Ashoka Fellows and experts on effective strategies for catalyzing true systems change. We invite you to read this Fabric of Change report, and re-envision the possibilities through the eyes of social entrepreneurs. Read the report below, or download it here: http://bit.ly/focreportpdf

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7 Co-Creation Finalists Invited to Pitch in Ingelheim

After months of connecting, co-creating and most recently short listing and deliberating, we are delighted to welcome 7 fantastic Co-Creation teams to participate in our final leg of this pioneering global challenge. Phase 3 will see these Co-Creation teams participate in a 6-week Co-Creation Accelerator, where social entrepreneurs and Boehringer Ingelheim employees will work together to produce a Co-Creation business model canvas and prepare a pitch.

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Invitation to Co-Create: Announcing our Semi-Finalists!

Our global  team of expert reviewers have whittled 157 outstanding entries down to the 45 Semi-Finalists which we think show the most promise of a Co-Creation with Boehringer Ingelheim.  See below for those entries we have invited to develop their Co-Creation ideas in Phase 2 of Making More Health: Co-Creating a Healthier World.

 

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IKAMVA YOUTH

Joy Olivier

Creates a new link among youth, between successful graduates and their peers from disadvantaged backgrounds in need of support in their final year of high school; to significantly improve graduation rates, access tertiary education opportunities, and their chance to secure meaningful anddignified employment

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MAHARISHI INSTITUTE

Taddy Blecher

Enables poor students to acquire a free, high-quality, professional education while also being employed by the university to gain practical experience and earn an income through an innovative learn-and-earn model

70,000 lives assisted
14,250 graduates placed in jobs (98% placement) including 4,500 entrepreneurs
R17.2 billion future earnings in hands of disadvantaged families

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RLABS

Marlon Parker

Uses information technology to reach out to vulnerable youth and help them design practical technology-based solutions that address social challenges in their communities to improve their employability, create opportunities for self-employment, and to allow them to regain a sense of belonging and hope for a better future.

23,402 Employed and economically empowered

592 Supported with college and university scholarships

42,315 Jobs created and filled

http://www.rlabs.org/impact/

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YOUNG AFRICA

Dorien Beurskens
Provides vocational education and training to young people in Southern Africa by establishing training centers that are both learning spaces forstudents and business hubs for entrepreneurs in the community.

26,000 youth trained in vocational skills
1000 beneficiaries per year per country.
83% of graduates are economically active of which 32% are self employed

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Webinar: How are Young Africans Seizing New Opportunities in Agriculture?

Agriculture is the age-old occupation in Africa and in many countries well above half of the Gross Domestic Product still comes from agriculture. Unfortunately, young people are not taking part in a way that will best provide current and future employment leading to financial sustainability. The good news is that innovators are helping to shift mindsets around farming and are rebranding agriculture as a “hot” career prospect where young people can seize opportunities as agribusiness leaders powered by 21st century technologies.

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Providing Much-Needed Jobs For India's Marginalized Groups: Sharad Tandale Tells His Story

Sharad Tandale comes from an Indian community called the Vanjari, a 100-million strong ethnic group that is marginalized in society. Generally involved in subsistence farming, less than one percent of Vanjari people start businesses. But Tandale is an exception: a savvy, urban entrepreneur who epitomizes modern India’s transformation into an entrepreneurial business powerhouse. 

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Final Deadline on Nov 18th! Plus, Youth Blogger Prize Deadline Extended!

Fabric of Change closes on Wednesday, November 18th, at 17:00 EST. Don't delay! Enter your innovations for building a sustainable apparel industry, and you might win a €50,000 Grand Prize. Two additional winners will each receive €20,000. All Finalists will receive a travel stipend to attend the Fabric of Change Summit (2016, location TBA), where they can share their ideas and network with leaders and experts.

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Infographic: What’s the next big opportunity for the world’s youngest continent?

Agriculture is the age-old occupation in Africa and in many countries well above half of the Gross Domestic Product still comes from agriculture. Unfortunately, young people are not taking part in a way that will best provide current and future employment leading to financial sustainability. The good news is that innovators are helping to shift mindsets around farming and are rebranding agriculture as a “hot” career prospect where young people can seize opportunities as agribusiness leaders powered by 21st century technologies.

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