Focus Topic Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

"Innovation" and "Entrepreneurship" - we encounter these buzzwords every day in the media, in politics or in our everyday work. But what do they actually mean?

"Innovations" are complex renewals that are accompanied by technical, social and economic change. "Entrepreneurship" means implementing these new, innovative ideas creatively and entrepreneurially. It combines creativity with economic thinking and acting. Therfore, these two concepts go hand in hand.

With our Focus Topic Social innovation and Entrepreneurship, we look in particular at social innovations - i.e. projects, start-ups and companies that tackle social challenges with fresh ideas and new solutions. We would like to provide information on the topic, present concrete projects by Germany alumni and provide valuable know-how and exchange on the topic through digital events and trainings.

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Social Entrepreneurship

The world is facing enormous social and environmental challenges, of which climate change, poverty and mass migration are just a few examples. This is precisely where social entrepreneurship comes in. In this inforgraphic, we explain exactly how it works.

Sustainable coffee made by empowered women

From cultivation to roasting and packaging: the multiple award-winning Rwandan speciality coffee Angelique’s Finest is produced exclusively by women. The co-founder of the Fairtrade project is Allan Mubiru, alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship. In order to launch the product in 2018, the economist and climate finance expert launched a successful crowdfunding campaign.

In search for ideas addressing global challenges

Community Challenge 2022

This social innovation challenge of the community of Germany alumni aims at tapping the vast resource of knowledge of the members and supporting the development of ideas with a positive impact on society and environment.  The challenge for 2022 related to SDG 2 “Zero Hunger” formulated by community members is "Can your idea contribute to ecofriendly intensifications of agricultural systems?"