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Impact Hustlers - Entrepreneurs With Social Impact

Author: Maiko Schaffrath

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Impact Hustlers features entrepreneurs and changemakers solving the world's biggest problems and creating massive social impact. Hosted by Maiko Schaffrath this podcast shares the stories of those who connect impact with profit and build businesses and solutions that solve problems such as climate change and poverty.
Learn how entrepreneurship can be the solution to the world's biggest environmental and social problems.
Impact Hustlers is brought to you by Fast Forward 2030 and realchangers.
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48 Episodes
Jay McGregor is the Founder & Editor in Chief of Point, an investigative journalism publication that has exposed major scandals such as Russian fake news campaigns on Reddit and Bitcoin Ponzi schemes. Find out more about Point here:
Alex Stephany is the CEO & Founder of Beam, a crowdfunding platform which funds professional training for homeless people & enables them to get back into paid work. Find out more about Beam here:
Andrew O'Brien is CEO of Goodbox. Andrew brings over one decade of experience in investment banking to the table from his time at Credit Suisse and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China. Andrew was introduced to FinTech during his time as Managing Director of QixPay, ultimately completing its sale in 2017.GoodBox is a tech for good company, founded on the insight that a cashless society is having a negative impact on the charity sector. GoodBox have set out to develop the world’s best fundraising platform. Since then, they’ve raised over a million pounds for charities, and built a platform that ensures that when it comes to technology, charities never have to settle.Highlights:Problems of current contactless paymentsHow Goodbox is overtaking cash as the main source of incomeReid Hoffman on the importance of changing your pricing modelBarak Obama on "Nobody has a monopoly on wisdom"Importance of managing risk for startups and scaleupsVision of solving the 'bottlenecks' in the charity sectorsUseful link:Goodbox - OBrien's Linkedin - Stamp:[02:33] How much are charities losing out as society become cashless[04:10] How did Andrew discover the problem?[06:32] How is Goodbox different from other solutions[09:30] How far have you come?[11:30] How Goodbox is making a difference to churches, museums and charities[13:20] Goodbox revenue model[16:00] Why you shouldn't just take a leap of faith[17:40] Working on an idea on weekends[19:30] Importance of partnering with the best in the sector[21:00] 10 year visionGo to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing (
Freddy Kelly is the CEO and cofounder of Credit Kudos, a new kind of credit bureau that uses financial behaviour to measure creditworthiness, harnessing Open Banking. Highlights:Problems of traditional credit scoring which is non consensualTypes of use cases for open bankingIdentification problem when someone arrives in a new countryTackling poverty premium i.e. cost of paying more for being poorerHaving better data and turning into objective measures to predict credit riskHow FCA is looking at competition in credit information marketWhy Open banking can be a bad name and winning the trust challengeThe Mum Test and chasing the hard noUseful links:Credit Kudos - ( Kelly's Linkedin - Kelly's Twitter - Mum's Test - Stamp[02:30] How Credit Kudos is solving the credit score problems[04:30] Helping show good risks for thin file customers[06:00] How to prove you are who you are when you are in a new country[08:00] Tackling poverty premium and accessibility of credit[10:30] How is Credit Kudos different[12:00] New data, credit risk and business models[13:00] Challenge of getting new banks to use Credit Kudos[17:00] Lessons from being a founder[20:00] Having unique insights from what data can do[21:00] Vision in 10 yearsGo to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing (
Tomer Shalit is the founder of ClimateView. ClimateView was founded on the principles of agile: a philosophy built for the very purpose of tackling complex problems. When cities and nations address climate change  – visualisation, collective intelligence and transparency are the main pillars they focus on. HighlightsHow Tomer got Sweden as his first clientHow to convince a whole country to become a customerTomer's background and how he first addressed the problemWhy an open collaborative platform is importantHow visualisation, collective intelligence and transparency became the main focus of ClimateViewBreaking down tasks and zooming into actionsGetting interest from Sweden's transport sector and VattenfallUseful links:Climate View - Shalit - Stamp:[02:00] Climate emergency is getting traction, but how are cities managing?[04:00] Sweden now has a public road mapProject management vs accountability[05:00] Applying agile development and visualisations[06:00] Setting up a "Project Owner" for Sweden[09:00] Getting Sweden as a client[11:00] Dealing with red tape in government[13:00] Collaboration of government and private sector[16:00] Who else can use ClimateView?[18:00] How to take climate action[19:00] View from 2030Go to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing (
Ruby Raut is the CEO and Co-founder of Wuka Wear. Ruby is a passionate environmental scientist who combines her scientific knowledge and passion for lean startup methodology to solve the problems that surround disposable menstrual products.Highlights:4.6 million tampons and pads are flushed down the toilet in the UK everyday.The problems around Chaupaddi that is being practised in Nepal.Why period poverty is a huge problemPeriod pants is a reusable product that needs more publicity.How a Sainsbury community project got Ruby started her entrepreneurial journey.How Ruby created and iterated her prototypeThe social and environmental impact of Wuka WearUseful links:Wuka ( Stamp:[01:30] Solving multiple problems around period[04:00] Problems with lack of proper period.[05:00] Social problems around period in Nepal.[07:40] Period poverty needs to be addressed.[09:30] Benefits of reusable period pants[11:50] How Ruby got started in this sector?[12:00] Women's Environmental Network and discovering the problem[13:00] Creating a period pants prototype[17:00] Why it took Ruby to innovate such a product[22:00] Importance of networking[23:30] Social and environmental impact of Wuka WearGo to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing (
This episode is a live event from Fast Forward 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals SDG15: Life on Land, with a special focus on combatting desertification, tackling deforestation and halting biodiversity loss.Chris Forbes, Co-Founder of The Cheeky Panda ( - The Cheeky Panda is an innovative company offering the tissue market a sustainable and health conscious alternative. Making tissues and wipes from virgin bamboo, The Cheeky Panda tissues are pure and rich in natural goodness. Free from harsh chemicals found in regular tissues and saving thousands of precious trees and animal habitats around the world.Dom Desmond, Founder of Critically Endangered Socks ( - Critically Endangered Socks is a social enterprise that protects some of the world's most critically endangered animals through the sale of their bamboo and cotton socks. For every pair of socks sold, they give 20% of the total sale price to charity - and by choosing which sock you buy, you're also choosing which charity they help. Their mission is to eventually help every critically endangered animal on the brink of survival by selling the most beautifully crafted, ethical products they can create.Keiran Whitaker, CEO and Founder of ENTOCYCLE ( - Entocycle is an insect farming company. They farm insects as a sustainable source of protein to feed animals, replacing traditional sources of protein such as soy and fishmeal which are causing significant environmental problems including biodiversity loss and overfishing. They exist to defend and restore the natural world.Highlights:Demand for more sustainable products are increasingWhy build a startup tackling environmental sustainability?Why become an entrepreneur making a difference to the environmentKey steps in moving from idea to productInspiring change in food production, fashion and consumer productsWhy purpose driven startups are attracting top talentsImportance of having a strong networkUseful links:The Cheeky Panda ( Endangered Socks ( ( Forward 2030 events ( Stamp:[01:24] Introduction to Chris, Dom and Keiran[03:41] Solving ecological problem and is there a demand for sustainable product?[07:08] What other environmental business opportunity are there?[09:47] What was the first unexpected learning and biggest mistake as an entrepreneur?[14:07] How does the world look like if your company succeeds?[16:12] Would value-driven products become a market leader?[20:59] Return business models and purpose centred businesses[25:15] First steps of getting from idea to taking action[27:56] How to get into Y Combinator[32:14] SDG and changes in regulationGo to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing (
Exxpedition round the world 2019-2020 is an all-female sailing voyage and scientific research mission. Over 38,000 nautical miles and 30 voyage legs starting and ending in the UK, Exxpedition crews will explore plastics and toxins in our ocean, via four of the five oceanic gyres and the artic.Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist; a graduate of Cambridge University with a degree in Architecture. Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition - a series of all female voyages which focus on the relationship between plastics and toxics and female health - and working on solving the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.Highlights:Emily's personal story discovering the plastic ocean problemCitizen research for ocean science and impact of the researchGetting funding and being a CIC Community Interest CompanyBeing an ambassador of SkyOceanRescueAlternative to plasticsUseful links:Emily Penn - - - - Ocean Rescue - Stamp:[00:30] How did you discover the passion for solving the ocean plastic problem?[01:55] Being a skipper of a boat[03:58] What is citizen research[06:40] Sponsorship and funding[13:00] Getting involved in this movement[15:00] Working with Sky News[17:00] Ooho and alternative plastics[19:00] Future of ExxpeditionGo to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( .This podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing ( .
May Al-Karooni is the Founder & CEO of Globechain, a reuse marketplace for companies to list unneeded items. All items are free to collect.Highlight:Seeing furniture go to landfillBusinesses have to make money from day oneBig volumes of construction material and obsolete stockBehaviour change and audit of itemsSocial and environmental impact data vs waste dateDifferent interest from SMEs, corporates and charitiesHow May started from a single founder into getting into different locationsReuse and being part of the circular economyPutting your personality into your businessUseful links:Globechain - Al-Karooni's Linkedin - Stamp:[01:00] Moving office when still working in banking[02:50] Business model of Globechain[04:30] Customer journey on Globechain[05:00] ESG impact data vs waste data[06:30] Why SMEs are commercially driven[07:00] Connecting big corporates and charities[09:00] Picking up corporate clients for a global retailer[10:00] Moving from a founder to raising a Series A[13:00] Why year 2 was the hardest year[15:00] Ikea and the rental business model[17:30] Founders addressing unsexy industries[19:10] Vision of GlobechainGo to ( FastForward 2030 ( and Real Changers ( Hustlers is hosted by Maiko Schaffrath, connect on Linkedin ( and Twitter ( .This podcast is produced by Podcast Publishing ( .
Jo Hand is the cofounder of Giki Badges. Giki’s aim is to drive sustainable consumption by inspiring people to make small, regular changes in their shopping which are good for them, better for the environment and fairer toothers.Giki Badges currently rate over 250,000 supermarket products across 12 areas, including carbon footprint, sustainable palm oil, responsible sourcing, chemicals of concern, organic, local, animal welfare, nutrition, animal testing, additives, greener cosmetics, kinder cleaning and recycling. Highlights:Problems of living more sustainably e.g fast fashion and palm oilHow Giki Badges app worksThere was enough data in food drinks and supermarketsThe challenge of creating a certificationTransparent, robust and the needs to be recognisable by the general publicWorking with schools and kidsNo one else is looking at data and analysis at product levelTransparency in supply chain is not there yetUseful links:Giki Badges - Hand - Stamp:[00:54] What is the problem Giki Badges[03:51] Does sustainability data exist?[06:04] We are all at different stages of our understanding[07:29] Working with schools and kids[08:38] What is the business model?[10:19] Behind the app there is a lot of data[12:24] Where is the app available[13:23] Biggest challenge of the startup[14:56] Hard to be heard in a very noisy world[15:38] Overnight success over 20 years of hard work[16:53] Vision of Giki Badges
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