Spotlight: Kristina Notz

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 to life that have purpose and are genuine.

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

In my view, there should be made no distinction between entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. To me, they are part of the same thing. But speaking about organizations that focus on supporting mission-driven startups – for the sake of the question – it is incredible what a support infrastructure has developed in Germany over the last years. We have communication agencies (Kombuese), graphic agencies (Jouvo) and some media platforms (e.g. enorm magazine, The Changer) focused solely on social entrepreneurs and organizations. The number of support and university programs geared towards social entrepreneurs has grown and so has the sector of impact investing.

Currently reading

High Rise, by J.G. Ballard,

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it), by Salim Ismael

Background

Kristina comes from an entrepreneurial family and holds a Masters degree in politics, French and European Law. After some time in political consultancy, she decided she did not see herself in academia and preferred being a practitioner. “I had always been interested in enablement to empower others to develop their ideas. I co-founded an idea- and startup competition called GENERATION-D – that’s how I learned more about social entrepreneurship. After three and a half years at GENERATION-D and almost a year as community manager at the LMU Entrepreneurship Center I joined the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie.”

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