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The Finding Impact Podcast

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This is the ultimate resource for social entrepreneurs in emerging markets to help them scale their social business, lifting people out of poverty, serving the BoP (Base of the Pyramid), and changing the world with one business at a time.

This is the ultimate resource for social entrepreneurs in emerging markets to help them scale their social business, lifting people out of poverty, serving the BoP (Base of the Pyramid), and changing the world with one business at a time.
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Location:

Kenya

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This is the ultimate resource for social entrepreneurs in emerging markets to help them scale their social business, lifting people out of poverty, serving the BoP (Base of the Pyramid), and changing the world with one business at a time.

Language:

English

Contact:

0706350556


Episodes

FIP 045: Product design and validation for the ultra poor with Simon Dixon

12/12/2017
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In Nairobi alone, 1.4 million people live in informal housing settlements. The individual structures’ are built using meager resources, often poorly constructed, and are prone to fire. In 2015, Simon Dixon co-founded Kwangu-Kwako, a social enterprise that builds safer, healthier homes for families in informal settlements. On this episode, Simon takes us through the ups […]

Duration: 00:28:33


FIP044: Product Prototyping with Fausto Marcigot

12/5/2017
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Fausto Marcigot is one of five Co-founders at PayGo Energy, a technology company enabling low-income households in Kenya to afford clean cooking fuel. Inspiration for the company came straight from Kenyan users – Fausto and his team were working on another project when they observed individuals buying just enough kerosene or charcoal for that day […]

Duration: 00:26:32


FIP 43: Bootstrapping with Audrey Cheng

11/28/2017
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Audrey Cheng is the Founder and CEO of Moringa School, where she is transforming higher education in Africa – starting with computer science. During her time at the venture capitalist firm, Savannah Fund, Audrey noticed a mismatch between the skills of job seekers and the needs of employers. Moringa School aims to close this skills […]

Duration: 00:23:00


FIP042: Franchising Social Enterprise with Randy Welsch

11/21/2017
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This week we learn how the franchise model has made its way to social entrepreneurs in the form of a clean water company, Jibu, with Randy Welsch, Jibu’s Co-founder. Decades of entrepreneurship and investment in small enterprises led Randy to partner with his son to launch a bottled water franchise – a far cry from […]

Duration: 00:30:58


FIP 41: World Toilet Day with Jack Sim

11/14/2017
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Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization (WTO) has been a successful businessman for all of his adult life. After achieving financial success in his 40s, he felt a strong desire to give back to humanity. Jack found that toilets were often neglected and grew concerned that the topic was draped in embarrassment and […]

Duration: 00:29:31


FIP 40: Cash Flow Fundamentals with Alex Eaton

11/7/2017
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Growing up on a small farm in the US, Alex Eaton was raised with a sensitivity to the reality of smallholder farming. It’s no surprise that after 8 years of leading the International Renewable Resources Institute, Alex, a serial entrepreneur, built Sistema Biobolsa in Mexico in 2010 to enable farmers to use biogas solutions to […]

Duration: 00:29:42


FIP 39: Product Design and Market Fit with Charlie Nichols

10/31/2017
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Charlie is co-founder of SunCulture and today we’re talking about product design and market fit. Charlie’s background is in mechanical engineering and economics, it’s the fourth company he’s founded and co-founded, though his first in Africa. He was initially drawn to Kenya by the number of technology success stories and the great market opportunity for […]

Duration: 00:32:57


FIP 38: Designing for Impact at Scale with Kevin Starr

10/24/2017
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Kevin Starr, Managing Director at Mulago Foundation and Founder of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, has been scaling social ventures that provide the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest places, since 1994. Kevin also serves as the chairman of Big Bang Philanthropy and he is a regular contributor to the Stanford Social […]

Duration: 00:44:51


FIP 37: The Key to Success is Knowing Your Why with Ken Njoroge

10/17/2017
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This is the second part of my interview with Ken – co-founder of one of Africa’s’s exciting homegrown multinationals – Cellulant. In this episode, he shares some of his hard learned lessons, including how he got through one of the darkest times in his career. Listening to this interview will make you ready for what’s […]

Duration: 00:32:21


FIP 36: A Billion Dollar Homegrown African Business with Ken Njoroge

10/10/2017
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Ken’s first business was a web development firm called 3mice – which became pretty well known as one of the first web development firms in the region. After selling the business, he would sit for four hours a day over coffee with his buddy wondering why there was so much great talent working for large […]

Duration: 00:21:16


FIP 35: Optimising business models for impact entrepreneurs, with Jon Shepard

10/3/2017
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After leaving the army in his late twenties, Jon’s work with the Prince’s Trust set him on a path of finding purpose in his life. Later, Jon worked with Gib Bulloch at Accenture Development Partners in 2003 on a model that became the influence for setting up Enterprise Growth Solutions at EY. After that experience, […]

Duration: 00:24:48


FIP 34: Avoiding Burnout, Maximum Employee Output and Hiring with a Dog, with David Goldberg

9/26/2017
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Founders Pledge asks tech entrepreneurs to make a commitment early on in their journey, that when they come into some liquidity, be that an exit or payout, they will give a portion of that to their favourite charity. This is an honest conversation and David opens up to some of his own confrontation with burnout […]

Duration: 00:26:11


FIP 33: Charity Revenue via Consulting with David Goldberg of Founders Pledge

9/19/2017
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Founders Pledge asks tech entrepreneurs to make a commitment early on in their journey, that when they come into some liquidity, be that an exit or payout, they will give a portion to their favourite charity. David shares stories of what happens when the charity and tech startup world collide. He’s a charity founder on […]

Duration: 00:30:28


FIP 32: Designing an Organisation that People Love to Work For with Jim Taylor

9/12/2017
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Proximity Designs started in 2004 in Myanmar as a social enterprise focusing on the rural sector. Starting out with smallholder farmers, they first introduced a simple pump that dramatically improve water use and boosted productivity and incomes. They’ve since moved on to launching many products and services that can touch thousands of villages and millions […]

Duration: 00:42:39


FIP 31: Tips on Building Trust and Hiring People by Founder-CEO, Grant Brooke

9/5/2017
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We talk about how to think about a CEO-Founder’s transition from day-to-day firefighting of operations to looking more on the horizon. Grant Brooke moved from fire-fighting day-in, day-out as a new start-up and getting involved in every facet of the business, to building a C-Suite who reports to the Board, to moving into a design-sprint format […]

Duration: 00:28:08


FIP 30: Disrupting Markets with Grant Brooke

8/29/2017
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I was introduced to Grant through Christie Peacock (Episode 6). When I later met with him in a Nairobi lunch spot, he came across as an unassuming guy just minding his own business. A little into the conversation, I was struck by his immense curiosity – which is a hint at the qualities that have […]

Duration: 00:28:33


FIP 029: Breaking Taboo with Shawn Shafner

8/22/2017
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When taboos exist, issues are skipped over. This is bad news when you’re encouraging people to come together to solve societal issues. Shawn Shafner is a master at breaking the taboo of shit. He created the peoples own organic power project – AKA the POOP project – which is breaking boundaries in a subject long […]

Duration: 00:47:03


FIP 028: Fundraising, Media and Conferencing with David Auerbach

8/16/2017
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This is part two of an interview I had with David in which he dishes out tons of advice on all things communications and fundraising. David Auerbach is the co-founder of Sanergy – a social enterprise making hygienic sanitation affordable and accesible in Africa’s informal settlements. His role on the team is external relations, which […]

Duration: 00:38:13


FIP 027: Founders with David Auerbach

8/8/2017
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David Auerbach is the co-founder of Sanergy – a social enterprise making hygienic sanitation affordable and accesible in Africa’s informal settlements. It’s a huge pleasure to get David on the show, he’s been a friend and peer in the sanitation sector for many years, and I’m a true fan of Sanergy. David epitomises the relentless […]

Duration: 00:32:28


FIP 026: Disrupting the Coffee Industry with Vava Angwenyi

8/1/2017
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Vava is the entrepreneur behind Vava Coffee – a social enterprise here in Kenya which has the lives of 30,000 coffee farmers at heart. Having studied in the US, Canada and Europe, she drank alot of coffee – like many people in the west – and so began her journey of discovery that brought her […]

Duration: 00:51:58

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