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IB alumni catalyzing change through start-up ventures

We interviewed Diploma Programme (DP) graduates who have used their experiences and forward thinking to disrupt the social entrepreneur scene. Read more about what inspired these IB graduates to dedicate their careers to social enterprise below.

Social  entrepreneurship is a business start-up model that uses innovative perspectives and ideas to solve pressing social issues. Social entrepreneurs use their business know-how and expert understanding of social issues to creatively tackle the world’s most difficult problems. The IB curriculum exposes students to service and allows them to understand how and why social issues arise as well as provides them with tools to critically think about and implement solutions.


How one IB student is supporting women’s self-defense

Moiz Lakhani founded his prize-winning initiative NinjaGirls, when he was just a DP student by using his knowledge of the martial arts and a desire to make lasting change to empower girls through self-defense and education.

Lightyear’s Qurein Biewenga: The future arrives in 499 seconds

Qurein Biewenga grew tired of automobile manufacturers’ lack of interest in producing solar cars commercially after he built solar race cars. This led him to co-found Lightyear with the goal of creating a self-charging solar car.

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How I cultivate social change

Krista Kaufmann joined international start-up, Impact Hub Lausanne, to help social entrepreneurs access valuable training resources, work spaces and community-building networks as they tackle large-scale social issues.

Activating STEM pathways in Spain

Cristina Balbás launched Escuelab to counteract the decrease in Spanish students pursuing STEM degrees and a lack of availability in after-school programming by implementing  programming based on neuro-education research.

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Teaming up for youth empowerment

Ena Peeva co-founded EDUACTIVE Società Cooperativa when she discovered that many young people did not have access to the market-oriented skills valued in the job market.

Finding the energy to power an entrepreneurial career

Urs Riggenbach became a founding member of GoSol.Solar when recognized the need and potential for renewable energy in developing countries was greater than in developed countries.

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