SoPact is presenting our latest superheroes!

As we are moving into autumn and darker times – we thought this should be the perfect timing to announce the people and the startups bringing a bit of extra light into this world. The fourth edition for the SoPact accelerator program is now running from October to January and there are six fantastic startups participating in the program.

– With Sopact we want to explore the opportunities to identify and support entrepreneurs as well as intrapreneurs who, together with students and researchers, want to develop and spread new methods, tools and services for social work in a changing world with complex societal challenges, says Marcus Knutagård, Deputy Head of Socialhögskolan.

In the beginning of October, we kicked off this accelerator program with an intensive bootcamp experience which really made us see how much fantastic people and potential we have the great opportunity of working with in this round of SoPact. The participating entrepreneurs are active in areas such as integration and health and are all driven by contributing to positive social development.

– We are very proud to have been accepted for Sopact’s accelerator program that comes in perfect time for our startup. All our ideas and loose threads have got more structure and guidance to implement them. Says Emir Mujezinovic, co-founder of ett hem att trivas i, en stad att trivas i

Helsingborg City is one of the co-financiers of the SoPact project and they also enable social entrepreneurs to sit and work in a creative environment at Think Open Space.

– SoPact is a way for the city to create conditions and a context for entrepreneurs with ideas that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable that can contribute to the city’s vision that Helsingborg in 2035 will be the creative, vibrant, common and global city for people and companies, says Peter Arvebro, responsible for higher education, Helsingborg City.

Proudly presenting:

Social Business Lab Builds bridges between the Swedish IT-sector and newly arrived by offering tailor-made educations within programming and IT-development.

I am Coaching Works to expand people’s self-knowledge and transformation for the purpose of well-being and unlocking potential, through playful productivity and experiential-based workshops, coaching and courses.

Helsingborg International Connections – A knowledge-sharing network for global talents and their families. Our on- and offline platforms create a welcoming and informative experience, supporting our region’s aim to attract and retain international companies and key experts.

EOS Cares  Promotes social responsibility and integration of international and local citizens. Supported by EOS Lund Basketklubben, several activity groups per week provide room and times to meet, socialize, play and learn together – regardless of age, cultural background and profession.

Ett hem att trivas i, en stad att trivas i – Everybody deserves a home to enjoy themselves in, no matter the income. A low cost home styling agency using recycled furniture and materials. Bringing together working groups that normally do not meet, on a mission for a better society, together.

Velohouse – An open Co-Op styled workspace in Helsingborg, inspiring and facilitating creative projects with an appreciation for cultural diversity and multidisciplinary fusion. Velohouse projects focus on building a positive and sustainable community with activities that bring people together.

SoPact Graduates – OIKOS Hub

What problem are you trying to solve?

We are trying to sort out the tangle of actors, i.e government, banks, housing companies, employers, etc. that “attack” vulnerable individuals with their respective agendas.

 

How are you going to solve this?

We use human logistics, with which we mean that we solve a logistical problem with people and create effective flows through the jungle of actors in order to navigate people to a life in dignity. Through the platform OIKOS Hub, and with help from the digital processing tool Logi-Key, we lead the way to vindication for vulnerable people.

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SoPact Graduates – Xamayca Treatz

What problem are you trying to solve?

I am trying to help people to eat more sustainably and healthy.
How are you going to solve this? What is your idea?

I intend to create healthy vegan/vegetarian fast food options which are both sustainable and Jamaican inspired.

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SoPact Graduates – Khan Academy Svenska

What problem are you trying to solve?

Swedish students used to be regarded as some of the best in the world, but in the last decade  we’ve  seen a drastic decline in how well they perform. Perhaps most noted is the decline in the PISA rankings, especially in math. It points at a deeply rooted problem which will have long-term effects on the Swedish society and Sweden’s industrial competitiveness in the global world of today. Me myself have dealt with global recruiting and previously experienced Swedish candidates to have a competence advantage against many others, but today it feels more like something is missing. This is a negative trend that we need to do something about.

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SoPact AP3 Has Begun – Six New Startups

The core of what we want to accomplish with SoPact is to help social entrepreneurs to realize the full potential of their social impact. What this means is that the single most important thing we look for in a startup is the social impact, what good they can do for the world.

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Presenting the startups – GEPANT

Starting at the base of every societal startup. What problem are you trying to solve?

As we know, Sweden is one of the leading countries in recycling of PET bottles and aluminium cans for refund. Yet, the past years the recycling rate have slowly decreased among the Swedes. Last year more than 15% of all bottles and cans that were produced were never recycled – meaning 250 millions of bottles and cans. One of the possible hindrance in the recycling system are companies who have a bad waste disposal system installed at the offices and/or kitchen area. Many times there are not enough space for collection or it is observed to take too much time to handle waste sorting. Which results that all waste, including bottles and cans, ends into one bin. Read more

Presenting the startups – FLYTTAHUS

Starting at the base of every societal startup. What problem are you trying to solve?

We want to stop the waste that occurs when houses are being torned down because of them being situated on the wrong place. This happend for example when new roads are being built etc. By moving them to a new location instead of demolishing them, human resources in the form of craftmanship is being preserved, as well as 100% of the house. Read more

Presenting the startups – ENDLESS

Starting at the base of every societal startup. What problem are you trying to solve?
We want to make it possible for people to have solar power at a price cheaper than the utility.

How are you going to solve this? What is your idea?
Through our partners in Brazil we identify attractive solar energy projects, make them financeable, and offer them as business opportunities to investors in northern Europe.
We can offer cost reduction for off-takers in Brazil and interesting returns for northern European investors.

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Presenting the startups – SWEDEN VIRTUAL REALITY

Starting at the base of every societal startup. What problem are you trying to solve?

Today it is a problem that we produce and consume more than what the planet can tolerate. We must both produce and consume more sustainable to meet our future and maintain our environment. This is a problem caused by lack of knowledge and lack of engagement possibilities from the end-consumers and the public society. Read more

Presenting the startups – ENTO FODER

Starting at the base of every societal startup. What problem are you trying to solve?

Our oceans are being overfished in order to turn the fishes into feed for animal production in a non-sustainable way. We also have a food waste system that is not fully used where we can find expand the value chain.

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