Tis’ the Season for Conscious Gifting: How to Spend Savvy in 2020

Edinburgh
Thu, Nov 26, 2020, 6:30 PM (GMT)

About this event

"As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy." - Emma Watson


Tis’ the Season for Conscious Gifting: How to Spend Savvy in 2020

Amongst the chaos of COVID and the spotlight of the BLM movement, have sustainably and social good taken a back seat? Either way, we the consumers have the power to make a difference.

Join us for an action-packed panel diving into: how to build/scale a socially-driven business, the power of conscious gifts & how our purchasing choices can be forces for good.

Who should attend?

- People who spend money

- Those who want to learn about the rise of 'conscious consumerism'

- Entrepreneurs and socially-minded business leaders

Guest Host! Janet Onyia (Onyi Gifts/TivityPod/Accenture)

Janet is a Technology Consultant in Accenture, where she delivers large-scale Cloud Platform Transformation in the Financial Sector. Passionate about Intrapreneurship, she's established two key internal communities covering gender inclusion within Technology and another for Black colleagues.

Janet recently founded the purpose-driven lifestyle business Onyi Gifts, focussing on personal and corporate gifting with independent women-led brands at its core. She's also the co-founder of TivityPod, a platform for booking children's extra-curricular activities for schools and parents. 

A Fellow on the Founders Forum 'Founders of the Future Fellowship' programme, she's considered to be among the UK's most promising Tech Founders under 30. She She also created the Fife Lockdown Economy marketplace, connecting local people with the amended services of small businesses in the community during the UK lockdown.


Karis Gill (Social Stories Club)

Karis is a recent graduates from Edinburgh University who discovered social enterprise during her studies and was amazed that businesses can create a social and environmental impact. Alongside her co-founder Aayush Goyal, theey found it surprising when people could not name five British social enterprises out of the 471,000 social enterprises in the UK alone!

This is when they set out to use their business skills as a force for good and made it their mission to shine a light on social enterprises that not only create amazing products and services but also make a lot of positive social impact. With their love for colours and stories, they are out to introduce individuals and businesses to amazing social ventures and share their fascinating stories.


Jeremie Warner (Power a Life)

Jeremie is the founder of Power a Life - a buy to give business empowering children in Sub Saharan Africa with the gift of solar lights thanks to the sale of their power banks. Specialising in impactful corporate gifting, Power a Life offers a range of customisable power banks, wireless chargers and tree free notepads, each including the gift of a life changing solar light for kids who live off grid. 

Significant customers to date include General Electric, BP, Swisscard and Pernod Riccard amongst others, all backing the company's mission to gift light to kids who live in darkness.


Roxy Rocks-Engelman (Cafédirect)

Roxy is a freelance Sustainability & Marketing Consultant that has been working in the Social Enterprise sector for the last 10 years. Prior to that, she's worked in the charity sector and was selected to represent the UK on a British Council exchange programme in China and won the national Princess Diana of Wales Award for founding an activity programme for children in care.

Presently, Roxy has been working with Cafédirect, a 100% Fairtrade Coffee company that won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award in 2018. Cafédirect invests up to 50% of its profits into a grower-led Charity, Producers Direct, which works alongside smallholder growers to empower and increase their livelihoods. To date, Cafédirect has invested over £18million in delivering impact to smallholder growers. 


What you need to know!

Who: Karis Gill (Social Stories Club), Jeremie Warner (Power a Life) and Roxy Rocks-Engelman (Cafédirect)

When: Thurs 26th November 2020

Time: 6.30-8pm

Where: Zoom!

Bonus Extras: Community Shout-outs, Slido Q&A and Twitter Competition!

Panelists

When

Thursday, Nov 26
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT)

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  • Dec McLaughlin

    Dec McLaughlin

    Startup Grind Scotland

    Director

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  • Janet Onyia

    Janet Onyia

    OnyiGifts & TivityPod

    Co-Founder

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  • Dec McLaughlin

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    Startup Grind Scotland

    Director Startup Grind Scotland

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    Nick Murray

    Startup Grind Scotland

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    Anna Brow

    Startup Grind Edinburgh

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    Caro Melendez

    Head of Operations

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