Creating new ideas with courage and vision - the Haniel Foundation supports people who want to shape the future in a sustainable way. In doing so, it advocates value-oriented entrepreneurship and supports disadvantaged children and adolescents. Following the leitmotif of the value-oriented entrepreneur in the tradition and conviction of the entrepreneurial family Haniel, the foundation focuses on the creation of educational opportunities, integration as well as the promotion of junior executives who assume responsibility for society in the sense of “the decent businessman”.
As one of our Jury members of this year’s social pitch we are would like to introduce to you Good Profits. As a firm, Good Profits offers the opportunity to make a profitable investment with fixed interest in social businesses. Therefore, you can have a social impact by helping create a sustainable economy and investing in a better world. Thus, they prove that it is possible to combine both profits and having an impact. Good profit GmbH has set their goal to help grow social entrepreneurial companies not only financially, but also with their knowledge, their network and their active help.
METRO is one of the leading international companies in the wholesale and food service sector. As a partner, investor and impetus to its customers, METRO's business is based on four strong pillars - the wholesale business of METRO Cash & Carry, the rapidly growing FSD delivery business, future-proof digital services and the leading brand Real in the hypermarket segment. METRO believes that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. But they are also convinced that sustainability is the key to transforming these challenges into opportunities. METRO sees these as both a responsibility and an opportunity to shape their business in harmony with society’s requirements and those of their customers, employees, investors and partners.
ISSO or Institute for Social and Sustainable Oikonomics is a part of the Martin-Görlitz-Stiftung and is situated in in Koblenz. ISSO is the place to turn to for everyone who wants to develop, discuss and work on new ideas. ISSO facilitates the creative process by offering the workspace and additional resources. Its primary concern is developing a sustainable society. To achieve this goal, it seeks to connect cultural, economic, social and environmental interests. The institute offers everything from consultation and coaching to seminars and after work sessions.
The Sparkasse is one of Germanies largest savings bank. Their Branch in Koblenz Germany provides a customer oriented service to millions of people. They are happy to provide loans and funding to aspiring entrepreneurs.
The TZK – Technologie Zentrum Koblenz GmbH is an innovation centre that was founded in 1990 and combines science, commerce and training for enterprises and ideas. The TZK promotes the development of their founders through a diverse and individualized range of services such as the provision of office spaces. Located in the city of Koblenz, the institution offers new perspectives on innovations and growth and enables exchange and communication for start-ups. It has set itself the task to take in young, technology-oriented businesses and to support them on the way to autonomy.
In 2012, Christian Manthey and Michael Silberberger founded firma.de to pursue their idea of Germany as a land of founders. By making the founding process of a business more efficient and less expensive, their company offers automatized solutions for undesirable and exhausting paperwork to let social entrepreneurs focus on their core business. With the help of a modular system, each client receives an individualized solution. Besides the founding of a new business, firma.de helps already existing and established start-ups to manage their operations more effectively to be a multi-service provider.
The Audi Zentrum Koblenz was founded in 1988 as the first Audi Zentrum in German and hence has a special heritage. Since then its 71 employees have provided thousands of customers with fantastic service and safety on the roads. For the last couple of years the Audi Zentrum has sponsored SensAbility with some of their most eco-friendly car series like the e-tron and g-trons, which are hybrids or run on natural gas.
WHU is a privately funded, officially recognised business school with campuses in Vallendar and Düsseldorf. By focussing on internationalism and the practical application of knowledge WHU became one of Germany’s leading universities for business administration and enjoys an excellent international reputation.
Social Entrpreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland
The Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland, founded in 2017, aims to give German social entrepreneurs a strong and united voice. The goals: improving the conditions for social entrepreneurs and the founding of social businesses, promoting the idea of social entrepreneurship in Germany as well as creating events to bring entrepreneurs together. Currently, the SEND includes more than 140 members - growing daily.