In London, the Gang has one mission: help startups become social businesses!

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London has this vibrancy that makes it a very unique city to me. Not saying that others cities aren’t that dynamic but the energy level in London is so high that it makes you feel that anything is possible. The entrepreneurial mindset is definitely something I discovered while living in the UK.

With a full on week with social entrepreneurship events coming ahead, I am starting my stay in London with a gathering with the MakeSense Gang in Kings Cross.
Just before the beginning, we hear on Facebook from Christian that a big news is coming ahead. I may have an idea but I’d rather wait for Rohan to come and announce it in person!

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A sensespace that will become the home for social entreprises and the MakeSense community in London. A space where people can meet, discuss, interact, create together. A space where little ideas can turn into exciting projects and end up being great successes!

During the last couple of years, different sensespaces hatched out around the planet already. With sensespace Mexico, Paris and the two newly born in Brussels & Dakar, London can be sure to find so guidance anytime needed!
Friends from London, if you’re keen to help launch the SenseSpace in London, please get in touch! All kind of skills welcome to join the adventure!

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sensespaceparis — 11 rue Biscornet 75012 Paris
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MakeSense team building the sensespace in Dakar
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Rohan & Eddie during the SenseDrink discussing the future sensespace in London

But back to the menu of our full on week and some action already happening!

On Saturday 30th, Alberto, Eddie, Rohan, Louise (from MakeSense Cambridge) and I had organized a problem solving workshop with London Business School & Net Impact to help Migration Hub and Kiron University. The challenge was “ What fundraising campaign can we design to fundraise € 100.000?”.

With more than 20 participants, amongst them a majority of MBA students at LBS, ideas were literally gushing out. Fantastic energy and really articulated solutions found. Well done guys. Solutions found are currently being shared with Katarina from Migration Hub and we will soon get feedbacks on the implementation.

Looking forward to the next event organized by MakeSense and Net Impact.

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In the meantime, another part of the London Gang — Mike and Anda — was at the Hackney Empire for the TEDxEastEnd “Society Beyond Borders” to discover different initiatives and speakers.
And among them, you could find Hera! Hera is an active volunteer of the MakeSense family and has been part of the core team who launched and developed MakeSense in London four years ago. That is actually during a creative workshop that her current social startup, Chayn, was born.

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The week ahead is actually very promising too!

The Startup Europe Week in opening for 5 days in London. Brilliant opportunity to discover new projects etc.

On Friday 5th, Startup Europe Week is organizing a day dedicated to Social Entrepreneurship. MakeSense is delighted to be invited and to run a problem solving workshop on this occasion.
With the help of the participant, we will solve the most pressing challenge of Beneficient: how to build its community?

To get ready with the team, we are organizing a training to the hold-up methodology on tuesday night so our team of facilitators is getting familiar with the methodology and knows how to make everyone having fun while finding tangible solutions on friday 5th.

Whether you are a student, you work in the City, you’ve spent years in institution or you’re just keen to learn more about how to get engaged to reinforce social entrepreneur’s impact, please join in on Friday for the event “Social Enterpreneurship: Idea to reality, build your community”! Everyone welcome!

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Makesense is trying to invent a new world by helping impact-driven startups to create self-sustainable solutions for social and environmental problems. So far, the MakeSense community is spread in 46 countries, with 1500 active members around the globe and got 20.000 citizen involved in building solutions.

As citizens, YOU and everybody can get involved in supporting concrete solutions developed by social entrepreneurs and to reinforce their impact by helping solving challenges they face.

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Solene is helping the MakeSense community to grow in Europe. She is working with the different Hotspots to get citizens involved in solving social startups’ challenges.

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makesense est une communauté internationale de citoyens, d’entrepreneurs et d’organisations qui résolvent ensemble les défis sociaux et environnementaux

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