Supporting social entrepreneurs

The social entrepreneur platform

In 2014, the Rexel Foundation created a platform for innovation and social entrepreneurship focusing on energy efficiency and connecting social innovators with potential sponsors. Its goal is to foster the emergence of socially innovative models in order to improve access to energy efficiency for as many people as possible. Led by the Rexel Foundation's team, it has four main goals:
> identify social innovations in the energy sector;
> accompany and support the initiatives of social entrepreneurs;
> provide a place for members to share knowledge and resources;
> assess the performance and lasting impact of their projects.

Any organization with the conviction that the social and solidarity economy is an alternative model for the future, and that wishes to support positive social change, can become a partner of the platform: companies, associations, nonprofits, public or semipublic entities, etc. Their support of social entrepreneurs can take the form of skills sponsorship, equipment donation, financial or logistical support, or knowledge sharing.
A dozen social entrepreneurs have joined the platform. All of them have a viable economic project, a clear social and/or environmental aim, a limited lucrative goal, and participative governance. They seek the Platform's support to hone their projects and maximize their impact.

Improving access to energy efficiency for the most disadvantaged
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