Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland was founded in 2004 with the objective to “solve social problems in Ireland. Giving entrepreneurs with the best ideas the resources and skills to turn them into reality. Back then, social entrepreneurship in Ireland was unknown.”, says Siobhán O’Keefe, Impact Associate at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. “We provide our awardees with direct funding… Keep Reading

Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network

In March 2015 I was headed for Scotland and could not resist reaching out to the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network. When you think of social enterprise in the UK, London and surrounding areas come to mind easily, Scotland and more precisely Edinburgh… not so much. Was I wrong! What I found was a true pearl… Keep Reading

Impact Hub King’s Cross

On my last day in London in April I made my way to another impact Hub – this time in King’s Cross. Established in 2007, it is one of the first hour in the now 1,000-member-strong Impact Hub network in London alone. I met with Alessandro Palmieri who used to work as BENISI coordinators before… Keep Reading

Impact Hub Westminster

I first visited Impact Hub Westminster during my London visit in January 2015. I had met Richard Brownsdon back then who was just about to fly off to work on his own venture – Inspiring Adventures – in a social enterprise retreat in Bali. I figured that interesting people work in interesting places. Back in… Keep Reading

Bethnal Green Ventures

On a very sunny morning in London (never take these for granted in London!) I strolled into along the Thames to meet with Bethnal Green Ventures hosted at Makerversity within Somerset House. I had come across BGV quite a bit over the last years and was surprised they have only been operational since 2012 (the… Keep Reading

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

I met Kristina and Dominik from Social Entrepreneurship Akademie at the GSEN Learning week in London in January 2015. We had in fact all worked in the German support sector in 2013/14: Kristina and Dominik in Munich (South) and me in Hamburg (North). We had to take a trip to London to connect in person,… Keep Reading


During my time in Hamburg I was happy to schedule an interview with Heldenrat (“Advice for heroes” – very liberal translation). I had met one of the founders – Tom Leppert – during a Stammtisch (monthly networking event, usually comes with beer) at Social Impact Lab Hamburg a few years ago. I had shared with… Keep Reading

Social Impact Lab Hamburg

Tucked away near Hamburg’s famous St Michael’s church you will find Social Impact Lab Hamburg. As the second ever established Social Impact Lab in Germany, it opened its doors in 2013 to support social entrepreneurs located in Northern Germany. I was around in the early days and this felt a bit like coming home. It… Keep Reading

The DO School

The DO School is a global educational platform working with aspiring social entrepreneurs around the world. Looks like an accelerator, sounds like an accelerator, but doesn’t call itself an accelerator. Strictly speaking, there is no investment from the side of the DO School and they do not take equity in the companies they work with…. Keep Reading

Social Impact Lab Berlin

Berlin was the first city to have a Social Impact Lab and is at home in Kreuzberg – a popular and affordable alternative neighborhood in Berlin. That’s where I meet Maria Gross, core member of the Social Impact Lab team for three years. After we are caught up on the last year. I ask her… Keep Reading