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Should businesses think more like charities?

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A cross-sector panel with EY London & South East’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ winner, Christopher Baker-Brian, and others.

Hundreds of professionals are using their workplace skills to strengthen charities and social enterprises through BeyondMe – a movement dedicated to tacking social and environmental challenges by harnessing the untapped capability, networks and resources of modern professionals. Beyond what we give, what can we learn from colleagues in the third sector?


On the night we’ll be asking key questions like:

  • Are low-cost services better and more sustainable than no-cost services?

  • Do charity-beneficiary relationships differ from business-customer ones?

  • Are consumer standards enough to regulate social businesses and protect vulnerable communities?

  • What role can technology play in raising global living standards?

  • Is a sense of social purpose essential for true entrepreneurship?

  • Can purpose co-exist with profit?

Together, a cross-sector panel will explore these issues and share their own experiences, merging a strong sense of purpose with frontline service provision, in order to make a real impact in their field. They include:

Christopher Baker-Brian, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, BBOXX.

Founded in 2010, BBOXX develop solutions to provide affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world. Employing 500 people in five countries, BBOXX aim to make the road to electrification simple and achievable for all. BBOXX have just won the Building a Better Working World Award at the EY London & South East Entrepreneur of the Year and are going on to the Finals later this year. Chris originally ran BBOXX as a charity for two years and then turned it into a for-profit company

Kawika Solidum, Chief Executive, BeyondMe.

Kawika has over a decade’s experience working in the private and social sectors in the UK and the US. During his career he has specialised in corporate and political communications, advising global companies in the financial services and consumer goods sectors. Prior to BeyondMe, Kawika was Deputy Communications Director for one of Europe’s leading venture philanthropy organisations, Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation. He will be sharing why it is their mission to empower the next generation of leaders to be the most generous yet by stepping up to give early in their career.



BeyondMe motivates professionals like you to form teams; it also gives practical help to choose a charity and then mobilise to help them in partnership. These teams work for a year; they donate their time, skills and money with the backing of a partner or director at the firm. EY is a founding corporate sponsor, supporting over 100 staff to get involved in the programme.

The event is free to attend and open to all.

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