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Sebastian Stricker on ShareTheMeal and why the golden era of social entrepreneurship is now

July 26, 2017

As the founder of ShareTheMeal, Sebastian Stricker is a true role model entrepreneur. One that does not put profit first though - but a social cause by trying to fight global hunger. Together with the United Nations World Food Programme, ShareTheMeal enables people to ‘share their meals’ with those in need in different places of the world. Being the first truly mobile non-profit fundraising app, the users of ShareTheMeal can donate €0.40, which is the global average cost of feeding one child for one day. Founded in 2014, ShareTheMeal has provided millions of meals to people in need and received numerous awards, including Google’s Best Apps 2015 collection and the Lead Award 2015 for Startup of the Year in Germany. Sebastian started his professional career as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Later on, he worked for the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations World Food Programme before starting ShareTheMeal during a sabbatical. In this episode, Sebastian talks about his learnings throughout his career so far, people that impress him, the startup story behind ShareTheMeal, why it is the golden era of doing good through social entrepreneurship and also remembers us that living in Europe is a privilege. Content of the podcast: [01:06 – 03:01] On the milestones of his professional life until now [03:02 – 06:11] The key learnings during the different milestones of his career before starting ShareTheMeal [06:12 – 07:31] The most inspiring people he met so far in his career [07:32 – 08:31] What he fundamentally disagrees on with other people [10:28 – 09:59] One thing that people get wrong about the donation market [10:00 – 10:35] On ShareTheMeal and the positive impact it has made over the years [10:36 – 12:02] His vision for ShareTheMeal and other social projects beyond [12:03 – 13:35] The spark that led to founding ShareTheMeal [13:36 – 14:24] On the collaboration with the UN World Food Programme [14:25 – 15:05] The marketing channels that were most successful for growing ShareTheMeal [15:06 – 16:14] His view on the market of social entrepreneurship [16:15 – 16:42] On VCs and accelerators that focus on social entrepreneurship [16:43 – 17:53] Why it is not a contradiction to build a successful startup and ‘doing good’ at the same time [17:54 – 19:31] What he is doing differently now with his new social startup than with ShareTheMeal [19:32 – 21:36] On interesting use cases and business opportunities for social entrepreneurship [21:37 – 23:12] On different approaches to found a social startup [23:13 – 23:44] The best advice that he was given as a founder [23:45 – 24:59] The best advice that he can give to aspiring founders [25:00 – 26:12] Open job positions at ShareTheMeal [26:13 – 27:17] EXTRA: The jogging route he took through Rome when he came up with the idea for ShareTheMeal

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