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Start-Ups

Micro Equity GmbH und Co. KG

The number of start-ups in Germany is declining. Zeppelin University has its own view on start-ups: Students have good ideas. It is Zeppelin University´s mission to offer students a culture and structure of facilitation while they are still at university. To provide an even better environment in which to foster the students´ start-up ideas, ZU has developed the "Micro Equity" concept: The ZU Micro Equity GmbH und Co. KG - in which Zeppelin Universität gemeinnützige GmbH, as a limited partner, has a donated partnership share - undertakes micro equity capital investments up to EUR 50,000. The other limited partners are businesspeople who are interested in promoting young entrepreneurs. ZU is an exponent and supporter of academic entrepreneurship.

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Spread the Word

Spread the Word is a marketing agency for social enterprises, non-profit projects, and public institutions. Together with our clients we develop concepts and strategies to combine social objectives with entrepreneurially sustainable working methods. We pursue a marketing-oriented approach in order to spread the word about our projects throughout the world. Our motto: Spread the Word - hence our name!

Sahay Solar Solutions

Sahay Solar Solutions is an organization with Swiss and German roots. We see ourselves as a social enterprise with the mission to play an active role in spreading solar energy in Ethiopia, thereby maximizing value creation at an ecological, economic, and social level.

Our main task is the implementation of off-grid solar electrification systems both in the non-profit and the commercial sector, as well as the training of the required experts in cooperations with universities.

Uconomy

Uconomy is a mobile application services provider dedicated to overcoming the perpetual cycle of poverty found in the second economy of South Africa. By employing cell phone technology we help people to create thriving local economies which in turn create local wealth and employment. We do this by empowering small and social enterprises which are active in marginalized communities with a unique service package accessible at low cost via cell phone. Our goal is to create a network of community economies across South Africa and thereby facilitate sustainable socio-economic development in areas where it is needed most.

ROCK YOUR LIFE!

Throughout Germany this multi-award-winning social franchise trains students as coaches who then each support and coach a remedial student throughout their two last years at school. The program has meanwhile been implemented at eight campuses as a way of easing the pupils´ passage into professional life or continuing education. Five further locations are being set up. A business network of training providers complements the program by making internships and training positions available to the pupils. ROCK YOUR LIFE! is a winner of the federal "startsocial" award under the patronage of Angela Merkel, the Engagement Award of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Alumni Association, and the Young Global Leader Award of the BMW Foundation.