Social vs. Big vs. Local Business @ Falafel Pitch

Dr. Christina Tewes-Gradl, co-founder and managing director of Endeva, presented an overview of Endeva’s work to co-working colleagues at the Munich Impact Hub on July 31st. The 20 participants, most of then from startups, were mainly interested in who are legitimate players to drive development. Can big companies really develop and sustain truly inclusive business? Or will the profit motive always lead to undesirable outcomes? Are local and social businesses always the better actors? And can any business approach make a difference in places with poor governance and corruption? The vivid discussion ended with a plea for pragmatic solutions that start from a good understanding of the problems at hand and achieve what is possible within the given circumstances.