Spotlight: Kai Hockerts

What drives you? I always knew I wanted to solve social problems. I want to empower more people to understand what social entrepreneurship is so that more of them consider it a path and try it out. Those who do I want to enable to do it more successfully. It’s important to me to change… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Lars Johansen

What drives you? To make a difference. I have always been socially inclined and concerned about marginalization in our society. It was so obvious, someone had to do something. And sometimes that someone can be you. When I first started out, I realized how many other people were interested in the same issues, and in… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Maria Petersen

What drives you? The social aspect of my work is a huge motivation, working with conventional startups just wouldn’t be the same. I couldn’t imagine having a job, that didn’t have some sort of social purpose. Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years? Social entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly popular. With every… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Siobhan O’Keeffe

What drives you? Making a positive difference Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years? Awareness. The appetite for social entrepreneurship has grown – in terms of both the entrepreneurs themselves and the increase in socially minded consumers. Also, I would say that the barriers to entry have decreased, not least thanks… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Alessandro Palmieri

What drives you? I believe in the power of people and communities to change the world for better. Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years? I have only been in London for under a year but I would say that we have a great number of support offers for social entrepreneurs… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Richard Brownsdon

What drives you? Life. I am passionate about having an impact, teaching and sharing, exploring the world, living a healthy life. Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years? The sector has grown a lot over the last year, in terms of both social entrepreneurs and support organizations. Also, I think the… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Jessica Stacey

What drives you? At Bethnal Green Ventures I  can add up all the parts of what I have done before. I am not following a clearly defined career path. To me, social values and doing something that is interesting and has a positive impact are my biggest drivers. I love being surrounded by people who… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Paul Miller

What drives you? I want to see really talented tech people working on stuff that matters. Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years? For one, the Cabinet Office and Nesta have been very supportive. I feel there is lots of enthusiasm in the government to create a market for social investment… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Kristina Notz

What drives you? To give other people the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality and to find ways to turn my own ideas into reality. I am not Gen Y or a Millennial, I don’t have this romantic view on “I want to change the world.” I want to do things and bring ideas… Keep Reading

Spotlight: Thomas Leppert

What drives you? To help those people who actually get up from their sofas in order to do something. I am not an entrepreneur. When I can meet someone over coffee to listen to his or her idea, and support them in making it become a reality – that’s when I’m at my best. I… Keep Reading