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Social Entrepreneurship Initiative & Foundation seif
2012 - 2016
The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative and Foundation was founded in 2011 by Dr. Barbara Rigassi and Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob as a hybrid form of foundation and GmbH. From the very beginning it was supported by the Gebert-Rüf-Stiftung, represented in the Board by Dr. Pascale Vonmont.
Within four years a lot has been achieved: For Social Entrepreneurs, today, exists a comprehensive offer of courses along the innovation chain starting with the business idea itself, including assistance with the development of the business plan and the provision of support for issues relating to company foundation and development.
Through the seif award, which is well known beyond the borders of Switzerland, the Social Entrepreneurs have an important platform at their disposal.
After a successful establishment and consolidation period, the GmbH went into business as independent Social Enterprise. This positive development has made it possible to close down seif under the umbrella of Fondation des Fondateurs by the end of February 2016.