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Schooling Innovators of the Future: Julia Bateson and Excite-ed

Julia Bateson found that not enough primary schools were encouraging their pupils to engage creatively with technology. In order to combat this, she has developed Excite-ed, a social enterprise which helps young children to learn using computer technology and gaming. How Julia Bateson is Developing a Digitally-Aware Generation Julia’s start-up, Excite-ed, is a social enterprise which is active in schools, and which encourages pupils and teachers to familiarize themselves with the digital world through gaming. Children and their teachers are given the tools necessary to design online

Rising Tide and the D’Eri Family are Improving the Lives of People with Autism

John D’Eri and his oldest son Tom were worried about what would happen to Andrew, the youngest of the D’Eris and a man who suffers with Autism, when both of them were gone. Because of this problem they faced, entrepreneurism became the solution and they created the Rising Tide Car Wash to provide employment opportunities for Andrew and other adults just like him. How the D’Eri Family are Making Waves in the Autistic Community Rising Tide Car Wash was designed as a concept in 2011, and was implemented in 2012. It aimed to provide employment opportunities for people with Autism, which

Alessandro Lanaro and Eco Optics: Changing the Way We See the World

All over the world, hundreds of millions of people of all ages have eyesight problems. While those in developed countries with access to the right technology and enough money can buy the corrective eyewear they need, those in poorer countries have to do without. Alessandro Lanaro, with his green start-up Eco Optics, is changing all that. How Alessandro Lanaro is Bringing Clear Vision to the World Lanaro’s start-up, Eco Optics, creates beautiful and stylish glasses frames from 95% recycled materials, so that the glasses manufactured by the company are more environmentally-friendly than

Architecture for a Change: John, Dirk and Anton are Building a Better World

John Saaiman, Anton Bouwer and Dirk Coetser were struck by the levels of poverty and inadequate housing right in their own city of Johannesburg. As a result, they are working together to build and design low-cost, environmentally-friendly and innovative community and private buildings both within Johannesburg and further afield. Creating solutions to problems is what makes them true entrepreneurs. How John, Dirk and Anton are Building a Future of Equality These three young architects turned social entrepreneurs formed the business Architects for a Change because they were moved to do

A Loo on a Green Energy Mission: David Auerbach of Sanergy

It is no secret that, in the developing world, sanitation continues to be a problem, and poor sanitation causes millions of deaths every year. David Auerbach, entrepreneur, is attempting to provide social solutions and devise sanitation systems in some of the world’s poorest countries that are not only effective, they’re sustainable to run and maintain. How David Auerbach is Solving the Problem of Sanitation through Sanergy According to Sanergy, over 2.6 billion people across the world do not have access to proper sanitation systems. The pollution from poor sanitation systems creates

Repurposing Urban Space for Urban Sustainability: Tara Rogerson of Evergreen Brick Works

As time goes on, we are becoming more and more conscious about the effect of humanity upon our planet. Tara Rogerson, women entrepreneur, is attempting to raise funds for and awareness about the impending environmental crisis. How Tara Rogerson is Building Sustainable Cities Tara Rogerson is the director of social enterprise at a national charity in Canada called Evergreen. Rogerson and Evergreen are attempting to tackle the problem of unsustainable urban development. They recognize that, if humanity continues along the current path of development, our major cities will soon be dirty and

Sounding Off about Worldwide Hearing Impairment: Bridget Hilton of LSTN Headphones

No matter what your age, living with a hearing problem or deafness has a dramatic impact upon your life. Woman entrepreneur, Bridget Hilton, aims to raise money and awareness to help those with hearing problems through LSTN Headphones a unique venture that combines high-end listening devices with a mission to raise money for the hearing impaired. How LSTN Headphones and Bridget Hilton are Helping those with Hearing Problems through Green Business Over 275 million people worldwide have some form of hearing impairment. What’s more, 95% of children in deaf schools could attend a regular

Putting Used Kids Clothes in their Place: Sharon Schneider and Good Karma Clothing for Kids

If you’re a parent, you’ll know how quickly children go through their clothes. Sharon Schneider is trying to help reduce the quantity of discarded children’s clothes in the world, while also cutting the costs of being a parent with a young child through her entrepreneurial endeavors. How Sharon Schneider, a Determined Green Entrepreneur and Good Karma Clothing for Kids are Reducing Textile Waste Schneider’s social enterprise, Good Karma Clothing for Kids, allows parents with young children to subscribe to a service which sends them gently worn, good quality baby clothes. As the child

Todd Masonis: The Dandelion Chocolate Entrepreneur Who’s Full of Beans

Todd Masonis, along with his partner Cameron Ring, started their social enterprise Dandelion Chocolate back in 2010. As well as reviving the art of high-quality, freshly-made chocolate, the entrepreneurial duo thrive on offering donations to community initiatives. How Todd Masonis is Solving Exploitation in the Cacao Sector Brimming with bright ideas, Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate likes simplicity. He believes that beautiful chocolate should be made with as little interference and superfluous ingredients as possible. With a strong conviction that high-quality chocolatiers in the US

Patrick Gulpo & Fly Canvas: Education for Children, One Bag at a Time

Patrick Gulpo is one of the co-founding entrepreneurs of Fly Canvas, a company with the ethos that “everyone carries something.” His optimism, and belief in humanity, has led him to create a social enterprise that produces fashion accessories like wallets and T-shirts that in turn help children in third-world countries receive the education they need to create change in their own communities.   Patrick Gulpo is Solving the Lack of Education in Third-World Countries Fly Canvas was to be a business that did more than just send a portion of their profits to deprived schools in