ELLE Impact2 Award in Milan: Orange Fiber

ELLE Italy and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation announce Orange Fiber, as the winner of the ELLE Impact2 Award* in Italy.

Italy Winner and Danda

Most of us wouldn’t look twice at a piece of orange peel left to waste. Enlarge the scale and think of all the industrial waste from citrus fruits in the world and you might reconsider what happens to that piece of peel. 700,000 tons of citrus products, go to waste each year in Italy alone. Orange Fiber wants to transform this waste into a wearable, sustainable and biodegradeable textile, which also endorses the Italian tradition of high quality materials in fashion.

The idea behind Orange Fiber was first proposed by Adriana Santanocito as the subject of her thesis in 2012. The theory was then put into motion with the help of co-founder, Enrica Arena and after patenting the company together in 2013, the first protypes of the fabric were made. Thanks to extenstive research and entrepenerial support, the optimized samples were released in 2015 and this year sees the official launch of Orange Fiber fabric ; a silk like material which can be coloured and printed just like traditional fabrics. The material will be showcased in collaboration with a high-end fashion brand who puts the same emphasis on sustainable products, made in Italy.

It may be just the beginning for Orange Fiber but the brand certainly has a strong vision for the future, thanks to it’s replicable production method. By 2020, Orange Fiber predicts to produce 400,000 metres of fabric from citrus fruits, by using an environmentally friendly process, which could be used the world over. Meaning that the cost of the product could eventually be lowered, putting the material in competition with more polluting fabrics, such as polyester or cotton. The Orange Fiber brand will above all, be recognised for being based on sustainibility and well-being.

As winners of the Award, Adriana and Enrica will attend the ELLE Impact2 Award’s, final in Paris on the 7th April 2016.

Find out pictures of the event on ELLE Italy’s website: http://www.elle.it/Magazine/Elle-Impact2-for-Women-foto-premiazione

* An award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

ELLE Impact2 Award in Canada

Meet ELLE Canada’s finalist for the upcoming ELLE ImpactAward for Female Social Entrepreneurship, which takes place in Paris on April 7.

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Sabrina Natasha Premji had the ELLE Impact2 Canadian jury members’ attention the moment she started her five-minute presentation on Kidogo, a childcare initiative she launched in the poorest slums of East Africa.

_DSC01041“I was working with the Aga Khan Development Network and was invited to see a ‘baby care centre’ in Mlolongo, a slum just outside of Nairobi, Kenya,” explained Premji. “Mothers living in slums have three options for daycare: They can leave their children as young as two years old home alone, entrust the care to an older sibling who is pulled from school or drop them off at one of these unlicensed baby care centres at a nominal fee. I remember us walking down a winding muddy alleyway to an unmarked property. Before entering the darkened room, I was overwhelmed by the smell of urine and feces. I removed my shoes and made my way into the dark space. Suddenly my foot hit something; when I looked down, I realized it was a baby.

“Once my eyes got adjusted to the darkness, I could see there were 15 to 25 babies in this small room. They were all lying there awake, yet I heard nothing but silence. Many were given sleeping pills to hush them, others learned that crying did them no good. After leaving the slum, I was so sad by what I saw but I was also enraged that something like this could exist. It was in that moment that my co-founder, Afzal Habib, and I asked ourselves ‘can we provide a higher-quality childcare option for roughly the same price that mothers were already paying at the informal baby cares centres?’ That was the birthplace of Kidogo.”

So what is Kidogo? It’s a sustainable and scalable business model that involves building best practice Early Childhood Centres, or “hubs,” where children age 6 months to 6 years are provided quality care and education for less than $1 a day. This is combined with a micro-franchising program for local “mamapreneurs” to open their own childcare “spokes,” or mini daycare centres, in their homes; these are supported—and monitored—by the hub. “It takes around $5,000 in grant funding to set up each of the hubs, and through childcare fees alone, they are designed to be self-supporting within three to six months of operation. Sustainability is a key pillar of how we operate.”

Kidogo is still in its early days, but through its two hubs and five mamapreneurs, it’s already giving over 200 hundred children living in slums the best start to life, particularly during their first five crucial years of life, when 85% of brain development takes place. “The impact spreads beyond the children,” she said. “Now mothers are able to work knowing their children are safe, older kids don’t have to be taken out of school to care for their younger siblings, and local mamapreneurs have a steady source of income. It’s a fresh start for the entire community. We’re hoping this model can be replicated to other low-income communities around the world because every child, no matter where they’re born, deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

 

Sabrina Natasha Premji is a social entrepreneur and global health practitioner who leads Kidogo’s Strategy, Partnerships & Impact. Prior to co-founding Kidogo, Sabrina spent four years working with the Aga Khan Development Network in Kenya and Tanzania, where she managed an Integrated Primary Health Care Start-Up Project, led the Social Innovation portfolio of a $13.5M maternal and child health grant and explored eHealth and community midwife franchising initiatives to curb the high maternal, neonatal and child mortality rates in East Africa. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia University in New York City and working with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network to promote a child-integrated approach in the post-2015 global agenda. She and her co-founder, Afzal Habib, were also chosen for this year’s prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship.

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ELLE South Africa Impact2 Awards

On February 26th, was held the final judging for the ELLE Impact2 Awards for South Africa.

The South African panel – consisted of successful women, each amazing in leadership and commitment to social issue – elected Thato Kgatlhanye as the overall winner. Thato is the founder of Rethaka Trading which manufactures Repurpose Schoolbags, solar-powered backpacks, made from recycled plastic. These innovative bags charge on a child’s walk to and from school, later transforming into a light to enable them to finish homework and study at night.

Thato will represent South Africa on April 7th in Paris for final grand prize.

Find out more on the event on: http://www.elle.co.za/elle-impact2-awards/

ELLE Impact-Awards SA

** ELLE Impact2 for Women : An International Award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

9 editions of ELLE along with the investment firm Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have joined forces to promote women entrepreneurs. Each of the editions will be holding a local competition to award one woman-led business or a business dedicated to female empowerment. The 9 semi-finalists will come to Paris to compete for the final grand prize, the “ELLE Impact2 Award” at the IMPACT2 ceremony on April 7th, 2016.

The award is aimed at encouraging and supporting effectively a :

  • woman-led or female-empowerment dedicated entreprise
  • viable business model
  • social entreprise that is bringing innovative solutions to major social, societal and environmental issues
  • social entreprise in launch phase or pre-development stage (in test period having convinced a number of customers, OR the service or product has already been sold but entreprise has growth potential. 

The participating ELLE editions (listed below) will lend their support by covering the projects editorially and providing mentoring to the winners :

  • France
  • USA
  • Belgium 
  • Canada
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • UK

 

Here is a ‘Who’s Who’…

Le Comptoir de l’Innovation

One of the leading social investment companies operating in France and the US, promoting and investing in the development of social enterprises worldwide.

Impact2 – through the Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Impact2 Forum is a cycle of international events engaging business leaders, policymakers and financial institutions dedicated to the promotion of social entrepreneurship worldwide. For the last 4 years, the Comptoir de l’Innovation has gathered more than 1500 decision makers from more than 50 countries in City Hall of Paris.

ELLE US Impact2 Award in New York City

You could almost hear the sound of crickets – but only because crickets were the winning ingredient in the genius behind the business honored with the « ELLE Impact2 Award »**.  Presented in NYC on January 26th by ELLE US, along with Le Comptoir de l’Innovation and CALSO, the award aims to help a female entrepreneur’s business grow.

Rose Wang, CEO of Six Foods, took home this first-ever award in the US, after having presented her project to the jury along with three other projects (Atikus, a micro finance firm that facilitates loans to underserved people around the world; JadeTribe, a handmade handbag maker; Water Collective, a water conservancy company).

After the remaining 8 participating editions of ELLE present their awards nationally, Ms. Wang and the 8 other finalists will meet in Paris to compete for the grand prize at IMPACT2, an international event on social entrepreneurship, on April 7th, 2016.

Until then, and as quoted by Rose Wang, « Bug Appétit ».

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Robbie Myers (L) attends the ELLE U.S. Impact Awards at Hearst Tower on January 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for ELLE)

** ELLE Impact2 for Women : An International Award for Female Social Entrepreneurship

9 editions of ELLE along with the investment firm Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have joined forces to promote women entrepreneurs. Each of the editions will be holding a local competition to award one woman-led business or a business dedicated to female empowerment. The 9 semi-finalists will come to Paris to compete for the final grand prize, the “ELLE Impact2 Award” at the IMPACT2 ceremony on April 7th, 2016.

The award is aimed at encouraging and supporting effectively a :

  • woman-led or female-empowerment dedicated entreprise
  • viable business model
  • social entreprise that is bringing innovative solutions to major social, societal and environmental issues
  • social entreprise in launch phase or pre-development stage (in test period having convinced a number of customers, OR the service or product has already been sold but entreprise has growth potential. 

The participating ELLE editions (listed below) will lend their support by covering the projects editorially and providing mentoring to the winners :

  • France
  • USA
  • Belgium 
  • Canada
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • UK

 

Here is a ‘Who’s Who’…

Le Comptoir de l’Innovation

One of the leading social investment companies operating in France and the US, promoting and investing in the development of social enterprises worldwide.

Impact2 – through the Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Impact2 Forum is a cycle of international events engaging business leaders, policymakers and financial institutions dedicated to the promotion of social entrepreneurship worldwide. For the last 4 years, the Comptoir de l’Innovation has gathered more than 1500 decision makers from more than 50 countries in City Hall of Paris.

ELLE Impact2 Award

Impact2ELLE
In April 2015, ELLE France and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation co-operated to design and launch the ELLE IMPACT² AWARD, a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship. The first edition took place in France and rewarded a female social entrepreneur during the Impact² ceremony in the Paris City Hall.
This year, for the second edition, the award gets international!
Female entrepreneurs from all around the world will be rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazine. National competitions will be driven in nine countries: Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.
All the national finalists will meet in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony, and an outstanding award will be granted to one Laureate chosen among them.
Find out more on: http://www.impact2elle.com/