Jacob Radloff is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Munich-based oekom research AG, a leading rating agency that has established environmental sustainability reporting in the global financial markets. Ashoka’s Felix Oldenburg caught up with Jacob recently to hear more about starting early, the challenges of growth and what it takes to keep innovating.
Octane Results: Make a Mark
When you began formulating the idea of creating a business, what did you think of first? The business model? Your “why” statement? Ideal employees? Every entrepreneur knows that the success of their company can be made – or crushed – by the quality of their core working team. CEOs and business owners want their company to be well-run, and oftentimes, that means formulating a rockstar group of people who will give their best to help you succeed in realizing your dream.
Production processes perfected by the private sector can help the social-minded scale efficiently.
The Toyota Effect series from Toyota highlights the car company’s fundamental mission to share good ideas to positively impact the world. Over the next month, PSFK and Toyota will demonstrate how the company and other thought-leaders are using the power of the collaboration to innovate, and create change for people, society, and the planet.
This month, we’ll be engaging in an open dialogue that asks the question, “What does social entrepreneurship look like within our global EO community and beyond?” Many of our members already have dedicated their personal and professional lives to social entrepreneurship, filling social and environmental needs around the world.
By Anam Zahra, EO’s Affinity Partnerships & Alliances Coordinator
Gone are the days when splashing logos throughout convention centers was enough. Today’s event sponsors want a return on investment through direct interaction with event attendees. As competition for sponsorship increases—and sponsorship dollars decrease—event hosts need to tailor sponsorship packages to the needs of the sponsor, rather than the other way around. The ability to personalize creative and unique packages for sponsors will be the determining factor of where the sponsorship money goes. Here are five creative ways to engage sponsors with your event attendees:
John Cinquina, an EO Perth member and CEO of Red Meets Blue Branding
“Growth” is the buzzword in business today. It seems we are obsessed with it, whether we’re startups, owners, board members or marketers. As I meet and work with organizations from different industries, I have observed that often in this pursuit of growth, we forget to invest into the foundations of our brands; before we know it, we find ourselves in a situation where our brand is doing more hindering than helping.
By Karen Summerson, Writer/Editor at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
I was fortunate enough to attend The Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls: Conversations Across Generations last week with EO DC member leader Marsha Ralls. On the heels of EO’s successful #WOMENtrepreneurs campaign and a published conversation with Associations Now, this opportunity seemed to be a timely continuation of the larger conversation surrounding women’s role in contemporary economics.
This article was written by Matt Leedham, EO’s Vice President of the Americas, for the March 2016 issue of Octane magazine.
Recently, I made a trip to Guatemala to visit with Regional Director, Enrique “Kikoy” Montano, where we discussed EO’s growing presence in Latin America. While there, I spent a Saturday volunteering with an organization called Believe Guatemala, which empowers Guatemala City’s poor through education. That day, I helped deliver water filters to families desperate for clean water. Only after returning home did I discover that the filters are created by EO Guatemala’s Philip Wilson. Kikoy was quick to provide an introduction, and we connected a few weeks later for this interview.
This article was written for the March 2016 issue of Octane magazine.
Sometimes all it takes is a little spark to start a revolution. Just ask Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison, EO Johannesburg members who are redefining the educational ecosystem in South Africa. In this special feature, the co-founders of SPARK Schools discuss the state of education in their home country, the far-reaching value of their hybrid learning model and how, through entrepreneurship, they’re changing lives, one student at a time.
“What if we created a research lab and business incubator that took these people with learning differences and put [them] together? What if we gave them a place where they could figure out what their true passions were and then turn those passions into a livelihood? ” – Rick Fiery
This was the shared dream of Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron, the co-founders of InventiveLabs, a multi-track research center that supports Inventives, people who have non-traditional learning styles and are looking to make their passions a reality. Rick narrated his journey to this collaboration in a recent TEDx talk, sharing stories of participants, how they’re embracing their unique creative processes and the difference they’re making in the world around them.