GLOBAL GOALS S02E04: Power of Entrepreneurship


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To start with the obvious, entrepreneurship means thinking out of the box and presenting commercially viable solutions. In the 21st century, urban entrepreneurship must be about relocating the planet’s resources to where they are needed, and keeping them in the system for as long as possible.


Secondly, policy is mandatory to enable and scale up innovation and entrepreneurship, but where there are gaps, as Beatrice Hati said,


"don't wait. Kick-start your idea and choose the moment to bring in policymakers."

Next, cities are often the most diverse parts of any country - and entrepreneurship must reflect that. If policies, individuals and investments are not intentionally inclusive, as Rafia Qureshi stressed, we are not going to get different types of support reaching the right people. We are also never going to get the right products designed.


Finally, solutions need to be scalable, and urban disruptors need to keep one step ahead if they are to remain relevant. While entrepreneurship can appear to be lonely, some of our big ticket problems can only be tackled through collaboration, as Damarys Zampini and Beatrice said. Our cities are fast changing, as are people’s needs and aspirations - from access to public spaces to the best healthcare and beyond.



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SPEAKERS

Author of A Circular Economy Handbook, Consultant and Host of the Circular Economy Podcast Catherine Weetman is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, consultant and host of the Circular Economy Podcast. She founded Rethink Solutions to help businesses, social enterprises and community groups to use circular economy approaches to build a better world. Catherine's award-winning book, A Circular Economy Handbook, explains the what, why and how of the circular economy. The second edition, due out in November 2020, includes a new chapter on packaging, over 100 new examples, and many more updates. Catherine qualified as an Industrial Engineer and began her career in garment manufacturing, before moving onto logistics solution design, project management, business intelligence and supply chain consulting, including senior roles with Tesco, Kellogg's and DHL Supply Chain. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport,  a Fellow of The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), a university lecturer and has a Master's Degree from Cranfield University. She supports the Circular Economy Club as a mentor and Chapter lead for the Tees Valley, in the UK.

BEATRICE HATI

Researcher, International Centre for Frugal Innovation


Beatrice (PhD student and MSc in urban development and management) is a development specialist and researcher with background in urban and regional planning, and specialty in urban sustainability and climate change. Her practice in research and development spans various urban disciplines including resilient development, slum upgrading, Collaborative Applied Research, frugal innovations, sustainable transportation planning, policy analysis, and inclusive development. In her present works at ICFI, Beatrice explores the prospects of frugal innovations to trigger resilient and sustainable development in resource-scarce areas. At the Kenya Hub, she supports the research and implementation of frugal solutions across contexts.

Founder and Creative Director, Biomimicry Innovation Lab  Richard loves to explore fresh ideas and concepts and is ever curious about the environment around him. He is an award-winning designer and has worked worldwide in cities, manufacturing, food systems and product design. Richard’s passion is to develop innovation models to reduce costs and improve efficiency and resilience in the design and manufacturing process. He taught at some of the top design schools in the world: from The Royal College of Art (UK); The Pratt Institute (USA); Vellore Institute of Technology (India); and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). Richard is also the founder of the non-profit Biomimicry UK, an equine technology startup, Smart Stable Limited, whilst sitting on several advisory boards. He combines design work with research development via the Design Society and the ISO Standards in Biomimetics.

DAMARYS ZAMPINI

CEO,

Sustrategy


Damarys Zampini is a global growth executive, driven by human ingenuity. She works with the future of Energy, Cleantech, Mining/Exploration, Construction, Digital and non-digital Technologies. As a CEO of Sustrategy, Damarys builds strategic plans for growth in existing & new markets. She works with leaders who are disrupting indutries, ready to scale, with significant ROI + ROC, who see the world as their potential. She scouts for innovative and inclusive solutions that measurably assist in transformation and net zero journey, so that they can disrupt, before being disrupted. Damarys has 20+ years of direct experience in energy, chemicals, cleantech, mining and disruptive technologies, including AI, blockchain.



Founder and Creative Director, Biomimicry Innovation Lab  Richard loves to explore fresh ideas and concepts and is ever curious about the environment around him. He is an award-winning designer and has worked worldwide in cities, manufacturing, food systems and product design. Richard’s passion is to develop innovation models to reduce costs and improve efficiency and resilience in the design and manufacturing process. He taught at some of the top design schools in the world: from The Royal College of Art (UK); The Pratt Institute (USA); Vellore Institute of Technology (India); and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary). Richard is also the founder of the non-profit Biomimicry UK, an equine technology startup, Smart Stable Limited, whilst sitting on several advisory boards. He combines design work with research development via the Design Society and the ISO Standards in Biomimetics.

RAFIA QUERESHI

Independent Consultant


Multi-lingual, multi-sector leader in philanthropy with a unique mix of private and public-sector experience ranging from venture capital and management consulting to strategic philanthropy and impact investment. Technical expertise in enterprise development, financial inclusion and gender equality across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Self-starter with in depth experience of strategic and operational planning and execution across both small, entrepreneurial companies and large, matrixed organisations. Strong leadership and communication skills and deep expertise in partnership building and relationship management at senior levels.


CHARITY


For this episode we will be supporting 1001FONTAINES by donating £100 for Every 100 Listeners which will allow :

  • 100 people provided with lifetime access to safe and affordable drinking water

1001fontaines is a French NGO whose vision is that the best way to improve the health of vulnerable populations is to enable them to drink safe water. 1001fontaines has pioneered an innovative model, leveraging philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to create a sustainable impact.



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