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[3 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Ernst&Young advices Goodget in startup phase | ]
Ernst&Young advices Goodget in startup phase

Winning the Sustainable Hero Award was not only a big honor for the Goodget team, we also received valuable advice from Ernst & Young (EY) on how to start up our business.
As winner of the Sustainable Hero Award, Goodget got advice from EY Partner Jan Peter Balkenende. The clean tech and sustainability department of EY supported Goodget by analyzing their business opportunities with a business model canvas. EY specialists assisted us with our legal and fiscal questions that come with setting up business in Ghana.
In Ghana, we also met with …

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[16 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Goodget wins FMO Award

On tuesday 3. December Goodget was selected as the winner of the FMO Development contest. At his retirement, CEO of the Dutch Development Bank FMO, Arthur Arnold received a fund of which he decided to award $10.000 to the most promising social enterprises in developing countries.
A contest was set up with the help of the 1%Club: 6 running projects on the 1%Club website were selected. The projects were part of a Co-Creation at the 1%Club head office in Amsterdam on October 3. Volunteers of Accenture, FMO, Frog Design and the Schiphol …

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[19 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Goodget discusses next steps with Jan Peter Balkenende

As a part of winning the Sustainable Heroe Award 2013, Goodget had a meeting with former Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Jan Peter Balkenende.
On 11/11, National Sustainability Day in The Netherlands, Goodget won the Sustainable Hero Award from Ernst&Young. This award means we receive advice from Ernst&Young on financial, legal and sustainability issues that come with setting up our business in Ghana. Head of the jury was Jan Peter Balkenende, who served 3 terms as Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and who is currently partner at Ernst&Young. He praised Goodget …

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[19 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Goodget pilot will start in January 2014

Goodget has secured a matching fund from the Dutch Government. This means that we are in business: we can start bringing innovative and life improving products such as solar lamps, water purification devices and adjustable eyeglasses to the people who can best use them.
In the past months, the Goodget team has worked very hard to secure money for the pilot in Ghana. It has been an extremely challenging time for all involved, but we succeeded, and are now ready to give ‘proof of concept’: our four month pilot project will …

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[11 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
Goodget wins Sustainable Hero Award 2013!

Yesterday (10/10), Goodget was presented with the Sustainable Hero Award 2013 in the Rotterdam office of Ernst&Young.
The jury, led by former prime minister of The Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende, choose Goodget as the winner from 5 nominated companies. The other nominees were: African Clean Energy, MUD Jeans, AIMforthemoon, and Greenclouds.
The jury praised Goodget for its inclusive, well thought through business model, the way local entrepreneurs can benefit, and the social aspect of bringing sustainable, life improving products to the people who can best use them in developing countries.
We are really pleased to …

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[4 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]
1%Club Co-Creation delivers training manual for Goodget entrepreneurs

Goodget was invited to propose a business case for the 1% Club Co-Creation on 3. October 2013. Professionals from Accenture, Schiphol Group, Frog Design and FMO joined forces to set up a basic structure for a training manual for local entrepreneurs who are going to sell our products (goodgets!). With just a short description of the products, the entrepreneurs, their clients, their level of education and their possibilities, the team set to work. Within 5 hours they came up with much more than a basic structure for a training manual: …

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[21 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Good Progress in Ghana

We are in Ghana again to prepare for the launch of Goodget. Progress has been steady, but not spectacular (yet!). We have already secured serious business leads and negotiated with organizations that can help us reach the markets in rural areas.
Our market research pointed us in the direction of the middle class in the cities. Besides selling our products in rural areas, the upcoming middle class is a very important market for Goodget. The middle class has the money to buy our products, and they will come back to buy …

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[27 Feb 2013 | Comments Off on 1%Club features Goodget campaign | ]
1%Club features Goodget campaign

Goodget is now featured on the 1%Club platform, a Dutch co-creation and crowdfunding platform. The campaign is aimed at getting funding for the training of our first local Goodget entrepreneurs in Ghana, and for the development of a Goodget microfranchise handbook for the local entrepreneurs. We are looking to collect 3000 Euro to cover the initial training costs. Go to www.1procentclub.nl/projects/goodget
to visit our campaign on the 1%Club platform.
Besides the funding, we also posted 2 volunteer positions on the 1%Club platform. We are looking for a volunteer who can help us …

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[20 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
What’s Cooking?

Today we visited a factory that produces efficient cookstoves. Very interesting to see how creative they are in making very efficient and easy to use products. We made some photos of course, so you can get a good impression. The cookstoves are beneficial for the end-users because they save 50% on charcoal. The stove therefore repays itself in a short time.
CookClean just started up her production facility on the outskirts of Accra, and they are still experimenting with the paint on the stoves. By april 2013 they hope to be …

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[15 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]
Sustainable Elections

Back in Ghana again to meet with microfinance organisations, local producers of goodgets and other stakeholders. Time for some serious business!
As it turns out, making appointments in Ghana is a bit more difficult than usual. Not that people are unwilling, but the elections are on their way and that is a very big thing over here. Especially in the area of Accra where we are staying: Asylum Down. All the big political parties have their headquarters around the corner from our hotel, and they all drive around in big cars …