Congratulations to Loveguide, MagikMe & Conflict Kitchen
The 3 winners of Startery Central and Eastern Europe 2016 have been selected at the Final Pitch event in Warsaw by the high-profile expert jury, consisting of Marek Głazowski (Key Accounts & Operations Head and Member of Country Leadership Team at SAP Poland), Norbert Kunz (CEO of Social Impact and one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in Germany), Prof. Witold Orlowski (Polish economist, professor and lecturer. Head economic advisor or PwC, member of the National Development Council and special advisor to Budget European Commission), Dariusz Spiewak (SENIOR IT – CIO and COO in government institutions and policy making officer e.g. Ministry of Finance) and Krzysztof Domaradzki (journalist at Forbes. Topics: new technologies entrepreneurs, start-ups and technology trends). "It was a hard desicion to select 3 winners because all presented social businees ideas deserve to be supported, you can feel the passion of the entrepreneurs for their mission and I am sure they will allbe successful", says Marek Głazowski from SAP Poland.
The three winners come from Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland.
Eszter Harasány from Hungary co-founded MagikMe motivated by her own story. MagicMe inclusive playground equipment (Hungary) develops and sells a range of playground equipment on which disabled and non-disabled kids can play together without boundaries.
The mission of MagikMe is to enable early childhood integration of the disabled and to shape the attitude of the majority towards the disabled, thus facilitating dialog and cooperation. The beneficiaries of the playground equipments are families of local communities, while the customers are the ones building and maintaining playgrounds (local municipalities, educational institutions, property developers, landscape architects) and distributors.
Niokleta Popkostadinova from Bulgaria convinced the Jury with her Social Start-up Loveguide. Loveguide (loveguide.bg.) is dedicated to filling the gaps in sexual health education of Bulgarian teenagers via an online-platform, a safe and anonymous place where teenagers can learn (and ask questions about) everything they need to know about love, sex and relationships to be healthy and happy. The Social Start-up also has an offline offer and collaborates with schools and parents. The team has been supported by Reach for Change and Vivacom Fund.
Paulina Milewska co-founded the Social Start-up Conflict Kitchen in Warsaw. Conflict Kitchen brings together refugees and locals through cooking, food and cultural exchange in order to reduce prejudice and prevent growing xenophobia and hate speech. For foreigners who co-create the project it is an opportunity to get to know Polish culture and to establish close relations in a friendly professional space. By proposing fair terms of employment and training we are giving newcomers a better and safer start on the Polish labor market. The team runs currently a food truck and want’s to open a proper Restaurant.
Congratualtions to the the 3 winners who are invited to the Social Impact Lab Berlin for 2 weeks to further work on their social business with the help of experts.
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