Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
SoC’s has been a 3 year labor of love and learning and makes up a great part of my professional and entrepreneurial experience. In my home country of France in my hometown of Toulouse, I pioneered and established an urban agriculture association with a group of friends called Terr’eau Ciel. Our objective was to create an organization in pro of urban agriculture development in the city among many actors. I was involved with the investigatory process in Toulouse, an investigation of successful projects and initiatives in Paris and the actual establishment of the association. Due to my opportunity to work in the same field in Colombia, I could not continue with the project but my other partners have since continued and launched a successful environmental business, still growing today. Please visit http://www.terreauciel.com/ for more information. My experience with Terr’eau Ciel will help in SoC’s success given that our investigations brought us in contact with many successful urban and organic agriculture projects and professionals. Additionally the administration of a socio-environmental business gave me the insight into the importance of a strong business model to support the impact it can create.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Thanks to the French Civil Service Program we receive French young professionals each year with a variety of specialties from agriculture to financing. Their salaries are subsidised by the program allowing the foundation to channel funding that would have been spent on human resources to better our internal systems, offer more programing and expand our current initiatives.
Also the French Embassy, Residence and Prime Minister are sponsors of the Human Rights prize granted to the organization in 2013, highlighting the program in the Prime Minister's visits and addresses.
The Grupo Abordo: Social impact graphic design firm who has supported in community meetings as well as the intellectual property (brand, manuals, brochures and other pieces).
The American Women’s Club, a social and philanthropic association of english-speaking women which SoC by promoting and becoming clients of the social businesses and offering volunteer opportunities with the foundation to its members.
Bogotá Accueil (French Women’s Club), a social and philanthropic association of French women which strongly supports SoC through financial donations and as clients of our organic baskets concept.
Parroquia Madre del Divino Amor a community church in the Santa Rosa neighborhood where our experimental greenhouse is located.
SAP global enterprise who has chosen SoC for two years in a row to receive consulting from their top performing employees during a month long “social-sabbatical”. We receive consulting and resources regarding operational efficiency, measurement of impact, scalability and strategic planning.
Brigard & Urrutia law firm the largest law firm in Colombia who has selected the foundation as a pro-bono client. The firm will provide the foundation with legal, intellectual property, information management and operational consulting.
The university Minuto de Dios and the university Nueva Granadas provide SoC with mentoring on how to provide technical assistance to smallholder farmers and the organization receive also every year interns who are about to graduate from ecological engineering.