Welcome to our summer feature, dear SEFsters: SEF introduces, a set of interviews with the people behind SEF. Why? Because we want to give you an insight into our team, tell you what we are doing during the summer and simply explain why we love SEF.

So, here we go. First up is Stefan Steinberger,  SEF Ambassdor, who already moderated a SEF event and is responsible for the on-boarding process of future Ambassadors.

What are you doing right now? One sentence, short and sweet.
I am teaching kids between 10 and 15 from low-income communities at a school in Vienna.

What are your summer plans?
I will try to pursue some of my own little projects as during the school year I did not have time for something else than school work. For example, I try to build a bridge between corporates and schools as many apprenticeships stay vacant whereas on the other side many young people are searching for a job. And yes, I actually cheated a bit with the “summer plans” picture above – it was during Easter. 

What is one random piece of information about you?
I don’t like to spend money – that’s why I prefer to pay with card 😉

How did you first become interested in social entrepreneurship?
I always liked doing good and helping other people. After my internship in consulting I started to think about how to be independent and be my own boss, which led me towards startups. I then combined doing good with startups and discovered social entrepreneurship.

What is your motivation behind SEF?
For me SEF is all about the people. I like to work with likeminds, who are hands on, thinking positively and also want to make the world a better place. It is also a chance to learn from and with others, to develop yourself and try out some things you never did before (e.g. write a blog, host an event, etc.).

How do you envision yourself and social entrepreneurship in the future?
No one is going to stand up at your funeral and say: “He had a really expensive car and great clothes.” I want to be a social entrepreneur myself and build something which lasts longer than I live.

What’s on your bookshelf at the moment?
At the moment I am finishing “Der große Kostolany: Börsenseminar. Börsenpsychologie. Die besten Geldgeschichten” by Andre Kostolany, stories about money.
Next to come is  “Schularbeit – Die Leiden eines Lehrers” by Frank Huss, about teachers’ work, and a book on the digital education revolution, “Die digitale Bildungsrevolution”, by Jörg Dräger.

One piece of advice to business students?
Be curious, open minded and talk to as many different people as you can – especially to those who you would not talk to at first sight because they seem too different or even strange to you. It will broaden your horizon!

Find Stefan on LinkedIn or send him a message at stefan@socialentrepreneurshipforum.org if you have any questions.