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B4IG Incubator – La Collecte

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Valorizing second hand digital equipment to reduce digital exclusion and electronic waste. Due to the COVID crisis, being digitally connected has become more important than ever. While many companies are updating their digital equipment and don’t know what to do with their old devices, there are still many people who are digitally excluded because digital devices are too expensive. To address these discrepancies, the project La Collecte valorizes companies' second-hand digital equipment donations by transforming them into low-cost digital solutions

B4IG Incubator – Masi-Bambi-Sane

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In 2021, Danone launched a pilot project converting plastic waste to create desks for pre-schools to allow children to socially distance and be safe during the Covid pandemic. Every child had their own desk, a consideration taken for granted in many western societies. Sustaining such a project will require partnerships with like-minded industry partners, waste pickers and regulators to work together. This naturally led to Danone reaching out to B4IG to help them build a valued win-win model for all

B4IG Incubator- Digital Upskilling for Immigrant Youth

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ACCES is a Canadian employment organization currently working with Salesforce and Accenture on social barriers and roadblocks related to youth careers. They are addressing the need to create strong career development opportunities for immigrant and refugee youth by providing them with professional soft skills as well as digital upskilling with basic technology coupled with more advanced platforms.  After a pilot session, 80% of graduated participants have been hired. ACCES aims to foster partnerships at the B4IG coalition in order to

B4IG Incubator – Path to Migrant Professional Inclusion

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As one of the world’s biggest fast moving consumer goods companies, Henkel has been working since 2016 with Deutsche Post-DHL, Deutsche Telekom, and the German Federal Employment Agency, in order to offer long-term language and vocational training to refugees. Refugees receive the opportunity to convert a multi-stage internship into an 18-month fixed-term employment relationship. To date, 100 applicants have raised their German language level, an essential first step! Henkel aims to learn from the B4IG coalition to increase its number

B4IG Incubator – LinkedOut

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LinkedOut by Entourage is an innovative project helping marginalized people (homeless, refugees...) access employment. LinkedOut uses a unique method to mobilize employers, through positive technology and citizen mobilization, in order to give new visibility to the CVs of excluded people. During the test phase in 2019, 73% of applicants have found employment in less than 3 months and in 2020, despite the COVID-19 crisis, more than 55% of candidates were recruited. LinkedOut operates in the Ile-de-France (Paris area) and Lille,

The acceleration program has been launched with the B4IG community

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The B4IG Incubator is proud to launch the acceleration of its second cohort! On May 5th, the B4IG community gathered around the 10 new projects accelerated in the B4IG Incubator for its digital Launch Event. After six weeks of setting visions, defining challenges and designing roadmaps, the accelerated projects had the chance to present their ambitions and call for support to the community. Ideas were shared and connections were created to advance the projects. Moreover, the 80 participants had the

The B4IG Incubator’s second cohort has kicked off the acceleration program

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  The B4IG Incubator’s second round of acceleration has started! The B4IG Incubator team is happy to announce that the 2021 acceleration program gathers 10 projects from 4 continents, addressing diverse topics like the digital divide, circular economy, professional integration and human rights. Common characteristics of the projects are that they address people in highly vulnerable situations, aim at building inclusive business practices and there is a tendency towards the use of online platforms for inclusion. The acceleration was officially

B4IG Incubator – La Passerelle

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Sodexo is setting up a multi-purpose facility to support social inclusion and improve employability in an underprivileged neighborhood. The Parisian suburb of Clichy Sous Bois is facing an unemployment rate of 30% and a lack of economic attractiveness. La Passerelle is a multi-purpose facility that provides a comprehensive business and social solution. It will contain a vegetable transformation unit, child care facilities, a training center, and a community space. The project aims at creating 20 direct jobs and increasing the

B4IG Incubator – Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

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Schneider Electric’s Clean Energy Micro-Enterprise Network program is creating an ecosystem of micro-entrepreneurs in India who make affordable, clean energy products available. Unemployed rural youth are trained to become entrepreneurs who provide energy solutions, such as solar lighting, in remote areas where they reduce energy poverty. At the same time, the program allows the entrepreneurs to earn a livelihood in their villages and to create jobs for additional people who deliver products and services. Schneider Electric has piloted the program in India and aims at

B4IG Incubator – The Coffee Fund

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Pret A Manger’s Coffee Fund addresses the declining youth involvement in coffee farming, by equipping the next generation of farmers with the tools they need to build a sustainable business. The average age of coffee farmers in the company’s network is over 65 years which, now more than ever, in the light of the impact of Covid-19, is a major challenge for the future of the sector. Each year, a group of approximately 65 young people from across Peru enroll