Meet Ben and Jerry's join our core winners
Ben & Jerry’s has announced the winners of its Join Our Core 2013 competition, celebrating Europe’s most promising young social entrepreneurs.
Europe's brightest social entrepreneurs
A panel of judges, led by the brand’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, selected the nine winners from over 400 entries across the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Austria and Switzerland.
Each winner has scooped €10,000 to invest in their enterprise, along with mentoring from ethical business gurus Ashoka.
Logos for the winning companies will also be featured on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tubs in 2014, and the individuals behind the organisations have been invited to visit Ben & Jerry’s HQ in Vermont, US to learn first hand how the company has built ethics and sustainability into its own business.
Sustainable, fair and efficient solutions
“This year’s Join Our Core competition was extremely competitive,” says Jerry. “All of the finalists are worthy entrepreneurs with aspirations of operating businesses formed to directly address social or environmental problems in our global community.”
“The Join Our Core winners show a motivation from deep within to serve the whole and to make sure solutions are sustainable, fair and efficient,” adds Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka.
Read more about the Join Our Core winners:
The UK’s Winner: MAC-UK
Registered charity MAC-UK engages with deprived and excluded young offenders, reaching 16 to 25-year-olds who are in need of mental health support but lack access to it. They take mental health services out of the clinic and into the community, meeting young people anywhere they feel comfortable.
Ireland's winner: CoderDojo
CoderDojo is creating a new generation of technical developers, designers and entrepreneurs by teaching young people how to code and develop websites, apps and games in a collaborative, social environment. Its team of volunteers work with 7 to 17-year-olds to develop their skills through computer clubs around the world.
Germany's winner: Elefunds
Elefunds provides online fundraising tools for charities – connecting companies, customers and social networks. Using an algorithm, it allows consumers to round up their online shopping bill, donating the small extra amount to a charity of their choice with just one click.
Austria's winner: NSP New Solar Pump
The NSP Solar Pump is a maintenance-free solar-powered pump station for drinking water supply and irrigation, designed specifically for communities in developing countries. Even the smallest system can supply up to 1,000 people with clean water.
Swizterland’s winner: Mr Green
Mr Green aims to make recycling easy for everyone by collecting recyclable materials directly from customers’ homes. The company picks up its branded bags, sorts through the waste items and passes them on to its recycling partners for a new lease of life.
Denmark's winner: Dazin
Dazin manufactures and distributes renewable cooking fuel pellets for households and commercial customers in developing countries, providing a cleaner, safer and more sustainable alternative to wood or gas-powered stoves.
Sweden's winner: Mitt Liv
Mitt Liv (My Life) is a social enterprise aiming to help women immigrants improve their opportunities for employment. It provides women with access to education and mentoring from employees at some of Sweden’s largest companies.
Finland's winner: GreenRiders
GreenRiders is an online and mobile solution that makes it easy for members to share car journeys, reducing the carbon emissions generated by transport and saving money on fuel or taxi costs.
The Netherland's winner: Peerby
Peerby recognises that you don’t always own what you need and you don’t always need what you own. It enables consumers to find a neighbour who’s willing to lend their item, and aims to reduce carbon emissions from the production and consumption of goods.