Be!Fund Deutschland Förderverein e.V. is a non-profit startup that supports social startups in India. The organization is the local support hub for two organizations in India
- Be!Fund India helps entrepreneurs to get non-profit venture capital in India
- Going to School India helps children in India to finish their last years in school in order to learn crucial skills, they could use to become social entrepreneurs themselves.
Both organizations are intertwined on a personal basis in India, both are supported by the entity we interview from Germany. Therefore both are covered in this interview here. In Frankfurt, Be!Fund works closely together with the Indian parent organization e.g. by reviewing business plans of the social entrepreneurs and supports them financially by collecting donations invested as seed capital into social entrepreneurs who pay it back by for another investment in the next generation hopefully creating a ripple effect. In the volunteering work methods from the lean start-up movement are used, such as prototyping our fundraising campaign „Karmaheld“ that raises donations in a fun way. The campaign is abstaining from using old-fashioned guilt feeling techniques, taking prototypes to the streets and improving it from the feedback received.
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