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Investment Week's Sustainable Investment Awards

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Have you got an investment solution to the social, ethical and environmental challenges we face? Now in their sixth year, Investment Week's Sustainable Investment Awards offer an opportunity to showcase your expertise and commitment to what is an expanding and increasingly popular sector of the investment industry.

The recent flooding crisis has put the spotlight once again on climate change and the environment. Whether it is clean energy, water, forestry or climate change issues, investors are aware that we need to protect our limited natural resources, as well as the need to produce less waste and invest in more efficient industrial processes.


New EU-funded platform to promote Tunisian civil society

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The EU-funded Support Programme to Civil Society (PASC), product of a partnership between Tunisia and the European Union, has launched a platform on the Internet to favour exchanges and sharing between the players of the Tunisian civil society, the public players and each citizen who is willing to contribute to the socio-economic development of Tunisia. This online platform, called Practice Community ('Communauté de pratique' – CdP) is based on a process of collective learning. It allows its members to benefit from best practices and mutual experiences, through a whole range of online tools.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Taking place on 17-23 November 2014, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.


The Intrapreneur Lab

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The Intrapreneur Lab is a 3 day + 3 month programme that helps individuals in large companies to develop profitable innovations that create social impact. The programme has two phases and is open to groups of 20-30 participants with early-stage ideas from large companies.

Phase 1 is a three-day intensive where participants interact with thought-leaders and successful intrapreneurs. It will take place at the Saïd Business School in the University of Oxford on 13-15 October and at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg on 17-19 November 2014. Phase 2 is a three-month accelerator where participants receive support for their projects: consulting from ADP, coaching from Leadership Laboratories and engagement with experts across BFP's global community.

Intrapreneur Labs have been held in Oxford and New York with participants from Barclays, Novartis, GSK, Pearson, Mars & CEMEX. Faculty-members have been some of the world’s leading intrapreneurs from Coca-Cola, GSK, Vodafone, BASF, Novozymes, Interface, Accenture, Barclays, GSK, & Novartis as well as thought-leaders from Oxford, Cranfield and Cornell.
For more information on this initiative visit the Business Fights Poverty website.

Who will become this year’s most successful European Web Entrepreneur?

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The European Commission is holding a competition to award the Europioneers 2014 Web Entrepreneur of the Year. Europioneers exists to celebrate the successes of web entrepreneurs in the EU and to provide a platform for them to connect with each other and with investors.

The competition has four award categories:

  • European Web Entrepreneur of the Year Award - eligible for web entrepreneurs creating new digital services and products that use the web and mobile as an indispensable component.
  • Young European Web Entrepreneur of the Year (Youth Award)– eligible for web entrepreneurs below the age of 30.
  • High Growth Web Entrepreneur of the Year (Gazelle Award) - eligible for web entrepreneurs in a high growth company, meaning and average yearly growth of 20% over a 3 year period.
  • Female Web Entrepreneur of the Year - at least 50% of the company founders must be women. Read more...

    5th Annual Forum on the Development of Philanthropy in the Western Balkans

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    The fifth annual Forum on the Development of Philanthropy in the Western Balkans: Philanthropy for Green Ideas was held on 24-27 July, 2014 in Llogara, Albania. Philanthropy for Green Ideas is a regional competition that encourages communities to generate business ideas, utilising local resources and revitalising traditions of production and community-based markets in an environmentally-friendly way. This regional event is organised by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in cooperation with partner foundations from Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia. Partners Albania is the RBF’ partner organisation in Albania.


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