Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have co-founded two social enterprises previous to Authenticitys and think of myself as a dedicated social entrepreneur with a deep conviction that this is the path forward. For more than 6 years I have been part of the social innovation ecosystem not only as an entrepreneur but also putting it forward through education: having created the first pre-idea social accelerator in Spain (http://barcelona.startuppirates.org/), and now through the Authenticitys Challenge (http://authenticitys.com/en/challenge/) where I have worked with over 1000 students from different universities. However, my social entrepreneurship experience has been the one of most profound change:
1. Bloom Microventures (www.bloom-microventures.org): A social enterprise Bloom Microventures is pioneering a unique business model which harnesses the power of tourism through microcredit. We have been one of the first social enterprises working in the tourism sector. This initiative is now ran by two local women and has supported thousands of women in their microbusinesses and educated travellers for the past 5 years,
2. Anoderwold (www.anoderwold.com): with the mission to democratise social innovation was a consultancy that worked closely with the growing social innovation ecosystem in Barcelona and Spain.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We are currently a part of the Impact hub Scaling Program, where we are harnessing the Impact Hubs around 8 European cities to scale. We also work closely with Turisme Sant Igansi and ESADE Business School university and invite the students to be part of some of our challenges. Our advisors include: Iván Caballero, founder of the Social Coin, Nikolaus Hutter, Co-founder of the Investment Ready programme of the Impact Hub Vienna, and founder of New Paradigm ventures , Daniela Freund, from the responsible tuourism observatory in HTSI and Philipp Haydn, co-founder of TripWolf and expert in the tourism sector and impact investor. We are part of several social innovation communities where we learn and support each other such as the Theory U Lab, Dragon Dreaming Communitiy, Team Academy MTA Labs, and Makesense community.