DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

How to support Pride authentically as a small business owner

In support of Pride month, we’re speaking to business leaders on what more businesses can do to help bring greater inclusivity and safety to the workplace for LGBTQ+ people. In this article, Joseph Williams, Co-Founder & CEO of inclusive recruitment platform Clu and Co-Founder & CEO & Advisor at ParaPride, highlights the unique position entrepreneurs and small business owners are in to do more to support Pride with authenticity, and the business case for it.

How ‘co-creation fashion’ is helping to change the narrative surrounding refugees

UNHCR estimates that global forced displacement has surpassed 84 million at mid-2021, which includes internally displaced, refugees and asylum-seekers. In addition to persecution and conflict, natural disasters are also forcing people to seek refuge in other countries. We're speaking with experts and business leaders to understand how businesses can do their part in supporting displaced people, and integrate them into the economy.

What leaders should know about integrating refugees into their organisations

UNHCR estimates that global forced displacement has surpassed 84 million at mid-2021, which includes internally displaced, refugees and asylum-seekers. In addition to persecution and conflict, natural disasters are also forcing people to seek refuge in other countries. We're speaking with experts and business leaders to understand how businesses can do their part in supporting displaced people, and integrate them into the economy.

What companies can do to support maternal mental health

To align with ‘World Maternal Mental Health Day’ in May, we are focusing on what more companies can do to support expectant and new mothers. Petra Velzeboer, mental health consultant, shares her personal journey of navigating motherhood, and the importance of an individualised approach to maternal healthcare.

Urban Impact Ventures’ mission to improve quality of life in European cities

As we approach Earth Day on Friday 22nd, April 2022, we are focusing on the theme of 'Investing in our Planet’, to understand what climate entrepreneurs and investors believe are the funding gaps and how more capital can flow to the right places. In this article, Hans van Houwelingen, Founder & CEO, Urban Impact Ventures, discusses their focus on the sustainable transformation of urban areas, and the vital role that impact venture capital can play in supporting entrepreneurs with urban transformational ambitions.

How European tech VC Octopus Ventures is turning its attention to the planet

As we approach Earth Day on Friday 22nd, April 2022, we are focusing on the theme of 'Investing in our Planet’, to understand what climate entrepreneurs and investors believe are the funding gaps and how more capital can flow to the right places. In this article, Isha Sharma, Portfolio Analyst, Octopus Ventures, discusses the firm's climate tech strategy and how it supports a growing portfolio of investments.

Fundraising as a female entrepreneur – Alexandra Smith shares her experience and advice.

Gender disparities still persist within the fundraising system, with women-led companies only accounting for a small portion of deal flow and overall volume invested. In this series of articles, we will highlight the challenges, biases, and opportunities facing female social entrepreneurs around the world. Here, Alexandra Smith, Co-Founder & Partner, Futureplus and The Sustainability Group, shares her experience and advice.

Workshop Summary: Helping Impact Entrepreneurs Become Investor Ready.

The first Meaningful Business member workshop of 2022 brought together social entrepreneurs from 12 countries for an interactive discussion led by two experienced impact investors; Konstantin Hapkemeyer, Investment Manager, Seedstars and Stacey Fruitman, Founder & CEO, Style with Substance Ventures. Focusing on fundraising strategies - including what to look for in an investor, how to approach them and what a good pitch deck looks like- this was the first in a series of activities designed to help impact entrepreneurs become investor ready. Below are some key takeaways from the conversation: