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DONT MISS OUR BEST OF SEASON 1: 10 audio episodes shorter than 10 minutes with the best entrepreneurship advice of the first season! Visit GTImpact.com (https://gtimpact.com/podcast-for-entrepreneurs/) to download or listen to this best of series.
Welcome to Mission First, the podcast to learn from successful entrepreneurs who are building a sustainable future for our planet and its people! Growing a company that aims at having a sustainable impact is not easy! That’s why I created Mission First. 
In each episode, I interview one entrepreneur with a company mission related to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Our guests are entrepreneurs who have recently gone through these difficult first years successfully. 
Together we discuss their challenges and what they have learned on the way. We go into detail, with a specific focus on company culture, leadership, financing, growth and business strategy. 
That way you learn hands-on tips on how to build a better future and a successful company too.

Mission First - Entrepreneurs for future Mission First - Entrepreneurs for future

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DONT MISS OUR BEST OF SEASON 1: 10 audio episodes shorter than 10 minutes with the best entrepreneurship advice of the first season! Visit GTImpact.com (https://gtimpact.com/podcast-for-entrepreneurs/) to download or listen to this best of series.
Welcome to Mission First, the podcast to learn from successful entrepreneurs who are building a sustainable future for our planet and its people! Growing a company that aims at having a sustainable impact is not easy! That’s why I created Mission First. 
In each episode, I interview one entrepreneur with a company mission related to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Our guests are entrepreneurs who have recently gone through these difficult first years successfully. 
Together we discuss their challenges and what they have learned on the way. We go into detail, with a specific focus on company culture, leadership, financing, growth and business strategy. 
That way you learn hands-on tips on how to build a better future and a successful company too.

    16. E-COMMERCE: d’un cityguide à un e-commerce éco-responsable et 3M€+ de CA, avec Claire Chouraqui (DreamAct)

    16. E-COMMERCE: d’un cityguide à un e-commerce éco-responsable et 3M€+ de CA, avec Claire Chouraqui (DreamAct)

    Welcome to Mission First, the masterclass to learn from successful entrepreneurs changing the world for the better!  

    ⚡️⚡️⚡️DONT MISS the best of season 1 ⚡️⚡️⚡️= 10 episodes of less than 10 minutes to download and listen to here:

    https://gtimpact.com/best-advice-for-green-entrepreneurs/

    TODAY'S EPISODE

    Aujourd'hui, j'accueille Claire Chouraqui, cofondatrice de Dreamact, une plateforme de E-commerce responsable qui vend plus de 12.000 produits éco-conçus et engagés.
    Claire rêve d’une société où l'écoresponsablité est la norme, et non l'exception.
    Alors, en 2015, moins de deux ans après avoir terminé ses études, elle crée DreamAct

    Comme tout entrepreneur, Claire et sa cofondatrice ont galéré, notamment pour trouver le bon business modele,
    Mais depuis 2 ans, le succès est au rdv et la croissance prend bien
    Maintenant, DreamAct, c'est 3 millions de chiffre d’affaire, 19 employés et plus de 800 marques sur leur plateforme, avec un modèle mixte et deux sites webs, un pour vendre aux particuliers en B2C et un pour vendre aux entreprises en B2B.

    Claire nous a fait le plaisir de préparer une liste de conseils à propos de

    Comment développer une plateforme de vente de produits éco responsable et comment sensibiliser ses consommateurs


    Donc si vous êtes dans l'e-commerce écoresponsable, accrochez vous car cela risque d'être un épisode passionnant pour vous, comme pour moi!

    Claire Chouraki et DreamAct: 

    Claire sur Linkedin 
    Dreamact: site pour entreprises et professionels B2B ainsi que site pour particuliers


    Resources and recommendations from the episode

    Livres

    80 hommes pour changer le monde 
    Influencers/po dcasts

    Génération XX 


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    🎧 About Mission First 

    We are at a critical period for our planet and its inhabitants, and entrepreneurs and companies are going to play a massive influence on our future. As always, there are two sides who can pull us in opposite directions. On one side, there are entrepreneurs who chase and base their decisions on money, success, and fame. On the other side, I believe there are entrepreneurs who truly care about making a positive difference on this world. Money is a mean and not an end to these entrepreneurs: they care about their Mission First, and their goal is not fame nor a quick exit for the sake of it. I call them Entrepreneurs for Future. My name is Gilles Toussaint, I am an entrepreneur and an expert in Growth Marketing. With my company GT Impact, I help sustainability-driven companies to increase their revenue faster with growth marketing and multi-channel content marketing.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    15. CIRCULAR ECONOMY: How to end E-Commerce packaging trash, with Jonne Hellgren (Repack)

    15. CIRCULAR ECONOMY: How to end E-Commerce packaging trash, with Jonne Hellgren (Repack)

    Welcome to Mission First, the masterclass to learn from successful entrepreneurs changing the world for the better!  



    ⚡️⚡️⚡️DONT MISS the best of season 1 ⚡️⚡️⚡️

    = 10 episodes of less than 10 minutes to download and listen to here:

    https://gtimpact.com/best-advice-for-green-entrepreneurs/ 



    TODAY'S EPISODE

    Lots of entrepreneurs dream of disrupting a market with a real innovation, but few are those who manage to achieve that.

    The circular economy seems like the perfect solution for our future, but it is not easy to develop the right product with the right business model at the right time.  You have to find the early adopters and sometimes factors like market, society trends, or even political decisions play a key role on the timing.

    In this episode I have the chance to talk to Jonne Hellgren, the founder and CEO of Repack.

    He launched his company in 2011 and from what he told me, he launched it way too early. 

    He went through some difficult phases like changing co founders and the early team, but he hung on and now his company is trusted by more than 150 brands, like Zalando, Levis, the AvocadoStore, and they are revolutionizing the packaging industry for E-commerce.  

    Repack makes packaging that is reusable and returnable.

    E-commerce companies use the Repack packaging to send their products to consumers, which can return the Repack packaging for free, anywhere in the world just by posting it in a postbox. Then Repack checks it, cleans it and it is ready to be used again.

    Thanks to their solution, companies sending products can save up to 80% of CO2 emissions compared to classic packaging

    They won more than 14 design and sustainability awards since their launch, so today we are going to talk about how to disrupt a market and end packaging trash!

    Jonne has shared 💡Do’s and Don’ts about 💡

    - product design, 

    - circular economy,

    - how to find  the right customers,

    - shareholder agreement and how to best set the terms between co founders when you start a company., and what kind of mistakes you should avoid in that case.

    Can you relate to these topics? 

    Then take a listen now (or make sure to save it in your playlist to listen to for later!



    Jonne Hellgren and Repack: 

    Jonne on Linkedin 
    Repack’s website


    Resources and recommendations from the episode

    Books

    Good to great 
    The hard things about hard things


    🚀 Discover more episodes and entrepreneurship masterclasses on https://gtimpact.com/podcast-for-entrepreneurs/

    🎧 About Mission First

    We are at a critical period for our planet and its inhabitants, and entrepreneurs and companies are going to play a massive influence on our future. As always, there are two sides who can pull us in opposite directions. On one side, there are entrepreneurs who chase and base their decisions on money, success, and fame. On the other side, I believe there are entrepreneurs who truly care about making a positive difference on this world. Money is a mean and not an end to these entrepreneurs: they care about their Mission First, and their goal is not fame nor a quick exit for the sake of it. I call them Entrepreneurs for Future. My name is Gilles Toussaint, I am an entrepreneur and an expert in Growth Marketing. 

    With my company GT Impact, I help sustainability-driven companies to increase their revenue faster with growth marketing and multi-channel content marketing.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    14. GREEN PRODUCT & SUPPLY CHAIN: How to sell an eco-innovative product to Adidas, with Ryan Hunt (Algix)

    14. GREEN PRODUCT & SUPPLY CHAIN: How to sell an eco-innovative product to Adidas, with Ryan Hunt (Algix)

    Welcome to Mission First, the masterclass to learn from successful entrepreneurs changing the world for the better!

    ⚡️⚡️⚡️DONT MISS the best of season 1 ⚡️⚡️⚡️

    = 10 episodes of less than 10 minutes to download and listen to here:

    https://gtimpact.com/best-advice-for-green-entrepreneurs/

    TODAY'S EPISODE

    Today, my guest is Ryan Hunt, co-founder of Algix and its brand Bloom. With his companies, he sells durable resins to brands like Adidas, Reebok, Billabong, who make shoes with these green products. Their eco-innovative products use algaes, that transform air and water pollution, as a replacement for plastic consumer products.

    So far with their products, they've cleaned more than 600 million liters of water! Started in 2010 as a spinoff from the University of Georgia. The company has now more than a hundred customers and employs more than 20 people. During these 10 years, Ryan went through a few difficult phases where they had to adapt their company products and manufacturing strategy.

    We talked about these challenges and Ryan also shared a list of Do's and don'ts on the topic of 

    In this episode, Ryan has shared a list of 9 Do's and Don'ts about 

    💡💡“How to sell a B2B eco-innovative product to a brand like Adidas, and in particular, how to integrate into a supply chain in Asia”💡💡  

    So if you want to learn about B2B eco-innovative product development, pivoting, supply chain strategy, this episode is for you!



    Ryan Hunt and his company: 

    Ryan on Linkedin 
    Algix’s website 


    Resources and recommendations from the episode:

    Books

    The 3-minute rule
    Never split the difference
    Influencers/podcasts

    Green Planet Blue planet podcast


    🚀 Discover more episodes and entrepreneurship masterclasses on 

    https://gtimpact.com/podcast-for-entrepreneurs/



    🎧 About Mission First

    We are at a critical period for our planet and its inhabitants, and entrepreneurs and companies are going to play a massive influence on our future. 

    As always, there are two sides who can pull us in opposite directions. 

    On one side, there are entrepreneurs who chase and base their decisions on money, success, and fame. 

    On the other side, I believe there are entrepreneurs who truly care about making a positive difference on this world. Money is a mean and not an end to these entrepreneurs: they care about their Mission First, and their goal is not fame nor a quick exit for the sake of it. I call them Entrepreneurs for Future. 

    My name is Gilles Toussaint, I am an entrepreneur and an expert in Growth Marketing. With my company GT Impact, I help sustainability-driven companies to increase their revenue faster and have a greater impact on this planet.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    13. SOLAR: How to develop a new energy solution in the B2B real estate market, with Ernesto Garnier (EINHUNDERT)

    13. SOLAR: How to develop a new energy solution in the B2B real estate market, with Ernesto Garnier (EINHUNDERT)

    Welcome to Mission First, the masterclass to learn from successful entrepreneurs changing the world for the better!  



    ⚡️⚡️⚡️DONT MISS the best of season 1 ⚡️⚡️⚡️

    = 10 episodes of less than 10 minutes to download and listen to here:

    https://gtimpact.com/best-advice-for-green-entrepreneurs/



    TODAY'S EPISODE

    Being an entrepreneur in the energy industry is a tough challenge. The market is very broad, the sales cycle and the product implementation are very long, products are usually a mix of hardware and software, so it is very difficult to be a successful entrepreneur in that sector. 

    That's why I am really excited to talk today to Ernesto Garnier, the CEO of EINHUNDERT. 

    Launched in 2017, EINHUNDERT is already making a 7 digit revenue. 

    They offer a 100% sustainable energy solution and help real estate companies become solar power suppliers for their residents. 

    In this episode Ernesto will share a list of 6 Do's and Don'ts on the topic of 

    💡 “How to optimize and develop a new energy solution in the B2B real estate market” 💡

    This includes tips about how to pin down your ideal customer, how to develop and design your software and hardware solution, or how to develop your partnerships.



    Can you relate to that? 

    Then let's dive into this conversation together.



    Ernesto Garnier and Ein Hundert: 

    Ernesto on Linkedin 
    EINHUNDERT’s website 


    Resources and recommendations from the episode:

    Books

    Zero to one
    Why nations fail
    Human Kind
    Influencers/podcasts

    The energy gang
    Leaders in cleantech
    Global Chances (in German)


    🚀 Discover more episodes and entrepreneurship masterclasses on 

    https://gtimpact.com/podcast-for-entrepreneurs/



    🎧 About Mission First

    We are at a critical period for our planet and its inhabitants, and entrepreneurs and companies are going to play a massive influence on our future. 

    As always, there are two sides who can pull us in opposite directions. 

    On one side, there are entrepreneurs who chase and base their decisions on money, success, and fame. 

    On the other side, I believe there are entrepreneurs who truly care about making a positive difference on this world. Money is a mean and not an end to these entrepreneurs: they care about their Mission First, and their goal is not fame nor a quick exit for the sake of it. I call them Entrepreneurs for Future. 

    My name is Gilles Toussaint, I am an entrepreneur and an expert in Growth Marketing. With my company GT Impact, I help sustainability-driven companies to increase their revenue faster and have a greater impact on this planet.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Best of season 1 - The key ROI most CEOs forget + education on climate chan, with Lubomila Jordanova from PlanA

    Best of season 1 - The key ROI most CEOs forget + education on climate chan, with Lubomila Jordanova from PlanA

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    Mission First best-off advice #1 - Leadership: The key ROI that most of CEO's forget + how to learn about climate change

    Lubomila Jordanova is the CEO of Plan A, a B2B Saas which helps companies to be more sustainable thanks to data science and actionable plans.

    Before pivoting to B2B, Plan A was a platform that raised closed to 1 million euro for sustainable and environmental projects. In that episode #3 of Mission First, we talked a lot about how they successfully pivoted, but here I want to share two inspiring and useful sequences related to leadership.

    In the first sequence, you will hear from which sources and how Lubomila became more knowledgeable about climate change science (even though she is has no scientific background), why she estimates that it is crucial for a CEO from a sustainable company to understand at a deep level the science of climate change.

    In the second sequence, you will learn about one type of ROI that lots of CEO forgets to take into account for their company, the type of ROI which makes your employees commit to your company and stick with you however hard it gets!

    • 9 min
    12. SOLAR: How to revolutionise electronics & print solar cells like paper, with Mattias Josephson (Epishine)

    12. SOLAR: How to revolutionise electronics & print solar cells like paper, with Mattias Josephson (Epishine)

    Today my guest is Mattias Josephson, a serial entrepreneur and the cofounder of Epishine. Mattias is a wonderful and very humble human being, but he has set himself and his company a very ambitious mission: he wants to scale the manufacture of his solar cells to make it one of the largest energy systems in the world.

    A few years ago, he founded Dreampark, a leading software provider who was sold to Motorola in 2011. After that, he worked as a consultant and started a company helping with fundraising for charities and associations. 

    Then in 2016 he started Epishine. Epishine helps harvesting light to create a sustainable world. To describe it simply: They make printable solar cells, fully organic with no toxic nor expensive raw materials.

    They have made manufacturing breakthroughs that allowed them to scale up a R&D product at low cost. Their first product is a small, thin and flexible light cell, printed on recyclable plastic and easily integrated into wireless products where it convert the ambient light into electricity. The light cells can be used instead of batteries on wireless sensors and similar devices in our increasingly connected world.

    The company has now 23 employees and they are growing quickly.

    Mattias shared 7 Do’s and Don’ts about his experience of entrepreneur, and specifically about

    “How to scale up an R&D product and build a market that doesn't exist, in particular  in this case how to build electronics in a new way”

    Very often, new materials get out from the R&D lab too early to be able to scale properly. Founders choose applications that are too far away and they don't have the right business case to scale. This is the pitfall that Mattias avoided with Epishine and this is what we are going to talk about today.

    You will learn a.o: 

    How to be prepared to start a company developing an advanced material (especially on the funding part)
    Where to look for your first customers 
    How to have a big inspiring vision but an achievable first business case
    How they proceeded to formulate the values and a strong why of the company, that really works to attract top talent and to which everyone refers to in the company
    How and why he stepped down as a CEO to give his place to a new CEO
    If you are into technological breakthrough, finding product-market fit, and scaling up technologies, this episode is for you!

    Mattias Josephson and Epishine: 

    Mattias on Linkedin 
    Epishine’s website 


    Resources and recommendations from the episode:

    The gifts of imperfection, Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. 

    The seven habits of highly effective people

    Start with Why



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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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MrFloW_ ,

Great podcast

Most podcasts focus on the (heroic) stories of the founders. This podcast focuses on the products, business models and learnings. Entertainment vs Master-Class...

udossohn ,

Inspiring and encouraging

The podcast Mission First by Gilles Toussaint is an amazing piece of work. The podcast is full of useful tips, encouraging and inspiring for everyone with great ideas that could have a positive timpact on the world. The speakers are always top notch and I appreciate the diversity of the guests. Looking forward to learning from the next episode

InspiredFlaneur ,

Inspiring Guest & Great Insights

I listened to all episodes so far. Each of them are with really inspiring people who's companies have a positive impact for our world. I especially like how the interviewer Gilles digs deeper with the guest to get to the real insights beyond the usual talk. Thanks for the great podcast!

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