SEVEN IMPACT HUB MEMBERS ARE RECOGNISED IN FORBES 30 UNDER 30 LIST 2016

Impact Hub, a global social enterprise incubation network and co-working space, has seven of its members recognised on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs in Europe, 2016.

The members, from a number of different Impact Hub’s across Europe, have emerging projects designed to tackle challenging societal issues head-on, based on business models geared to make a profit.

Impact Hub King’s Cross (UK)  | Marco Barbosa, eSolidar
Impact Hub King’s Cross (UK)  |  Ewan Marshall, Adi Kasliwal & Matthew Simmonds, Speakset
Impact Hub Amsterdam (Netherlands)  |  Judith Joan Walker, African Clean Energy
Impact Hub Berlin (Germany)  |  Ekaterina Karabasheva,  Jourvie
Impact Hub Athens (Greece)  |  Paula Schwarz, Startupboat.eu
Impact Hub Praha (Czech Republic)  |  Petr Svobodnik, BlindShell
Impact Hub Madrid (Spain)  |  Amelie Mariage & Miriam Reyes, Aprendices Visuales

Marco Barbosa of eSolidar and the trio Adi Kasliwal, Matthew Simmonds & Ewan Marshall of Speakset are members of Impact Hub King’s Cross, and have been a part of the Scaling initiatives which started last year.

Alberto Masetti-Zannini, Development & Programme Director said. ‘At the very heart of it, we are living in a time of acute globalised and localised issues; be it rising global temperatures, disappearing resources through to inner city deprivation and poverty, and our members are the ones showing us – doing nothing is just not an option.

‘Impact Hub King’s Cross, has been strategically positioned for Internationalisation and Scaling. Close to 50 percent of UK social enterprises are less than five-years-old, and it is my role and that of my team to facilitate and design programmes that enable social innovators to build robust businesses that positively impact the environments they exist in.’

Devi Clark, Scaling Manager said. ‘Seeing so many of our social enterprise members in the Forbes 30 under 30 – is a fabulous affirmation of the hard work both they and we have put in to ensure they can grow both their business and their social impact.

‘Our members are really demonstrating that social enterprises are coming of age and worth the attention of mainstream investors and consumers.  They are indeed world changers in the making’.

To learn more about the Impact Hub King’s Cross or their members, request interviews or images please contact Gabrielle Bey on Gabrielle.Bey@hubkingscross.com – 0207 841 3450

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Notes to Editors

Forbes Article Link – http://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-europe-2016/social-entrepreneurs

About Impact Hub

Impact Hub King’s Cross is a unique ecosystem designed to enable social innovators to thrive.  Launched in October 2008, our mission is to provide social entrepreneurs and changemakers a space to access innovation, knowledge, opportunities, inspiration and experience. As part of the wider global network of Hub spaces we have a vision to build a radically better world through providing infrastructure that helps social entrepreneurs collaborate and take their ideas to scale.

About eSolidar

Originally founded in Portugal, eSolidar connects charities from different countries with the global public through a social e-marketplace. Communities from all over the world can support charities’ mission by buying products, donating or participating in online auctions.

About Speakset

Founded in 2013 with a vision to solve the problem of isolation for older people, the Speakset team developed a TV video connection between health professionals and patients, improving the accessibility of medical care and helping patients stay independent at home.

About African Clean Energy

Tackling the African problem of over-dependence on fuel to power inefficient cooking, Africa Clean Energy developed a cheap technological cooking product which avoids the over-consumption of wood and smoke-related problems, be they health problems, such as lung disease or pneumonia, or environmental problems, such as deforestation.

About Jourvie

Jourvie is an app which tackles the rising problem of eating disorders, as anorexia or bulimia. By keeping track of food habits the app supports daily efforts towards having a better diet.

About Startupboat.eu

Startupboat.eu, founded by the 24-year old Paula Schwarz, tackles the migration problem through innovation and entrepreneurship. By gathering entrepreneurs from all around the world, startupboat.eu finds new ways for bettering migrants’ conditions.

About BlindShell

The Czech start up, Blindshell provides visually impaired people with access to the world of smartphones. By providing a device set with specific technologies and simple gestures, everyone can use apps such as a calendar, digital library or banknote recognition.

About Aprendices Visuales

Aprendices Visuales aims to support children with autism by providing tools to develop their full potential. Founded in 2012 as a non-profit organisation, it provides digital books with pictograms for the daily training of children with autistic spectrum disorder.