RED preneur

From the REDpreneur Network

REDpreneur Town Halls take place every last Thursday in month between 13:00 – 14:00 CET. To the Town Halls we invite all Friends of REDpreneur (Alumnis, Trainers, Stakeholder, interested persons and further guests) to connect, exchange and share updates on everything around Social Entrepreneurship.

For last month´s Town Hall we invited Bettina Steinbrugger, CEO and Co-Founder of the social enterprise erdbeerwoche.

erdbeerwoche is the first social business in Vienna specialising in menstruation. The social enterprise was founded to break the taboo concerning menstruation and to convey necessary knowledge and a positive attitude towards the subject. erdbeerwoche developed an online shop for menstruation products and a fee-based digital learning platform READY4RED in cooperation with over 500 teenagers, (sex) educators, gynecologists and other experts.

REDpreneur would like to thank Bettina Steinbrugger for the very interesting and inspiring insight of a Social Entrepreneurship Initiative on this very relevant and important topic. If you want to know more about erdbeerwoche and Ready4Red your can find more information here: erdbeerwoche & Ready4Red

The Town Hall was powered by Skybird, a programme by the Austrian Red Cross on Innovation and collaboration in WASH for improved living conditions in East Africa.

Find more about upcoming Skybird Events and REDpreneur Town Halls in the section “Events” below.

REDpreneur 2.0

What is currently on the mind of the REDpreneur Team? Besides Alumni activities like coaching and feedback sessions with our trainers and organizing Town Halls with interesting speakers, the REDpreneur team is currently working on a number of issues to make REDpreneur 2.0 as attractive as possible for everyone involved. In addition to an evaluation of the pilot project which involves all partners of the program so far, a market analysis in regard to REDpreneur 2.0 currently takes place. Over the summer a new REDpreneur Website including new features will be launched. The team is also preparing a roadtrip in order to meet potential stakeholders and partners to promote the follow up program REDpreneur 2.0 😊

REDpreneur 2.0 aims to accelerate business skills and social enterprise development of RC/RC Movement staff globally, for more innovation and sustainable service delivery. Planned start is in autumn 2022. In order to position the Austrian Red Cross as a central HUB of this initiative within the global Red Cross Movement in future, we are looking for

  • Potential participants from the RCRC Movement with interest in business skills development
  • Participants from the RCRC Movement with venture ideas
  • Strategic partners for CSR partnerships
  • Corporate partners to support scholarships of venture teams
We encourage interested participants to already request for a place from this autumn on and potential CSR partners and sponsors to contact us via email for further details

From the REDpreneur Ventures

We would like to congratulate the Venture Team from North Macedonia which calls themselves “The Transporters”.

The team consists of three people from the Red Cross of North Macedonia and the Austrian Red Cross. Aleksandra Boeva, Tamara Grbevska, and Christian Diemt have been working together since 2020 and participated in the REDpreneur Training Academy and Master Class 2021.
After successfully completing the Master Class and based on the developed Business Plan they started to test their Venture idea on Patient Transport Services in Skopje, North Macedonia. After a successful pilot phase they are now starting to offer a fee based service and we are glad to share some first impressions of their Social Business:

The REDpreneur Team wishes the Transporters all the best!

Have a look at the Patient Transport Service pitch during the closing session of the Master Class in Vienna here:

Photos by: Red Cross of North Macedonia

Upcoming events

On May 24 the Skybird WASH network invites you to the Session Social Enterprise in WASH Part 3: Fundraising.

Register here

Fundraising Event FB Format

REDpreneur Town Hall

Why not save lives at the same time as raising money?

Visit the next REDpreneur Town Hall on May 26 from 13:00 – 14:00 CET and meet Piers Flavin, Business Development Advisor, Netherlands Red Cross which will give us an insight on how National Societies in Africa and further afield are building successful Workplace First Aid Businesses, and how you can do it also.

Register here

Workplace First Place Townhall

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About the REDpreneur program

The REDpreneur Program is a Business Skills and Enterprise Development Program supporting the development of impactful ventures for providing health and social services.
Main Target Region is East and South East Europe and South Caucasus. The program facilitated by the Austrian Red Cross is funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA) and carried out by New Paradigm Ventures and Impact Hub Vienna.

Partners of the REDpreneur program:

Albanian Red Cross, Armenian Red Cross, Georgia Red Cross, Red Cross of Montenegro, Red Cross of North Macedonia, Ukrainian Red Cross, Red Cross of Serbia.

For more information on the Program you are welcome to visit our Website
REDpreneur Program
Facilitated by Austrian Red Cross
Bauernmarkt 6
1010 Vienna
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