After “SEF involves”, this was our first major event, including guest speakers, a podium discussion, snacks, drinks – the works! We started off with our Keynote-Speaker, Walter Emberger, the founder of Teach for Austria, who gave us an insight into his journey from being a banker and consultant to becoming Austria’s first social entrepreneur of the year.
After a short session of doing the twist (yes I mean the 60s dance – gotta loosen up), we dove right into the impulse-speeches. We heard from Dominik Beron, who founded refugeeswork.at, Birgitt Wodon-Lauboeck from Projekt Bank für Gemeinwohl, and Toni Kronke, who helped start Teach for Austria. Afterwards, these three inspiring people sat down and answered our questions in a podium discussion – and here’s what we learned:
Social entrepreneurs strike new paths, not only in terms of what they do but how they do it. While expertise and hard work are no doubt part of being a social entrepreneur, the most important aspect is the motivation to effect positive change – it is what drives them and keeps them going even in the most frustrating of times.
We are proud to have hosted over 90 people – thank you all for your support and we hope to see you on 11.05.2016 at our next event, “SEF connects”!
For more pictures and a recap video please visit our Facebook page.
If you want to know more about our guest speakers and their organisations, check out their videos on our Facebook page or follow these links to learn about their projects: http://www.teachforaustria.at/