We are excited to announce the top six UAE-based social entrepreneurs that have been selected to participate to the 2017 edition of the C3 Social Impact Accelerator Program
Aroma Caribe – Aroma Caribe promotes good coffee and good chocolate in a way that is good: the company helps farmer communities and retail customers while promoting the fair trade movement through coffee and chocolate.
Charicycles – Charicycles designs and ‘upcycles’ old bicycles remodeling them into vintage yet modern rides, and further customizing them to suit the customer’s personality. The company aims to promote sustainability and a clean environment by restoring vintage Japanese frames (that would otherwise go to scrap) into new bicycles and promoting healthier lifestyles along the way. Charicycles also pitches in to fund the distribution of cycles for children in refugee camps around the Middle East for every unit they sell.
Coco Veda – Producer and distributor of natural and organic coconut health & wellness hand made products created in The Philippines to deliver positive social impact to the coconut farming communities as well as products that help consumers in their quest for natural and healthy lifestyles. Coco Veda has just launched the world’s 1st free international shipping coconut health and wellness products online store.
Democrance – The first mobile microinsurance partner in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Democrance provides cutting-edge proprietary Financial Technology solutions and advisory that open the door to the underserved segments across the region. Democrance aims to make insurance available to a wider population by working as a strategic partner and an enabler of growth for both insurance companies and mobile network operators.
Evolvin Women – Evolvin’ Women is a strategic networking platform where women sit at the table and connect with companies and individuals whose goal is to inspire, coach, mentor, develop and recruit the next generation of female leaders in hospitality. Per each company and individual signing up to support their professional development, Evolvin’ Women offers a one hour training or coaching session to increase the employability of women or young people adversely affected by physical, social, economic and political circumstances.
Roots Bistro – UAE first sustainable restaurant, a destination for taste bud friendly, healthy, seasonal, locally sourced REAL food in the UAE. Roots Bistro is being built using recycled materials and its first location will be based in Silicon Oasis. Most of its food ingredients will come from farms that are less than 100 kilometres away. Many thanks to our Selection Committee’s members Rebecca Hill, Neeru Sharma, Armelle Liverton, Josh Rajkumar and Ahmed Al-Ghanim: we really appreciated your support!
The program has already kicked off with our one-to-one diagnostic sessions and will continue with two workshops: on April 27th, we will run a workshop on Social Impact Strategies and Pitch Perfect in collaboration with Bain & Company and on May 21st a workshop on Legal Basics for Social Enterprises in collaboration with Morgan Lewis.
Thanks to both companies for your continuous support! Looking forward to working with these amazing companies and accelerate their positive social impact!