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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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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

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.

    30. CIRCULAR ECONOMY & RETAIL From wannapreneur to successful founder erasing single-use paper (Roel Schatorjé, Moyu)

    30. CIRCULAR ECONOMY & RETAIL From wannapreneur to successful founder erasing single-use paper (Roel Schatorjé, Moyu)

    If you are into circular economy, non-digital products,  e-commerce, or retail, or if you simply want to go from thinking about it to actually starting your own business. You don’t want to miss this episode.



    Circular economy is great on paper, but only a few manage to turn the model into real business success. 



    Creating a tangible product is never as easy as creating a digital product.

    It's not as fast to iterate with clients' feedback and the costs are higher.

    And when you’ve finally built the right product… How do you sell it?

    Online only? Or in a physical shop?



    MOYU produces rewritable notebooks, made of stone paper, on which you can write and easily erase without traces up to 500 times.



    I was skeptical at first, but I met the Moyu’s team in Berlin last year and after trying it, I directly ordered two notebooks for my girlfriend and myself for Christmas.

     

    Since then, I stopped buying “normal” paper notebooks and have already filled and erased their notebook twice.



    Moyu has successfully grown in the Netherlands and now they are scaling up internationally.



    They have more than 20 people and so far more than 200 companies have bought their notebooks that they can personalize for their employees.

    Plus, you can find them in more than 70 retail stores across the Netherlands.



    The Moyu team believes in a world without deforestation 🌳. Together with Trees for Kenya, they have planted more than 60.000 trees, one for each product sold.



    My guest today Roel Schatorjé, is the founder of MOYU. He shared his advice on 💡 How to dare start your journey as an entrepreneur 💡

    In this episode you will learn:



    ✅ How he stopped being a wannapreneur and started Moyu

    ✅ How to be prepared to fail

    ✅ How to listen to your customers

    ✅ The importance of nurturing your first clients

    ✅ Why and how to bootstrap as much as possible

    ✅ The pros of investing in branding early

    ✅ Why you shouldn’t make too many products



    🎧Listen to the episode



    And if you want to order a Moyu notebook, get your 15% discount by clicking here  (this is NOT an affiliate link).



    Resources:

    Roel’s LinkedIn 

    Moyu website 

    Link to Moyu’s documentary 

    Podcasts:

    Groeivoer  (entrepreneurship podcast in Dutch)

    Books:

    Charles Eisenstein - The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible 

    Charles Eisenstein - Sacred Economics 

    Kim Scott - Radical Candor 

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



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

    • 49 min
    29. FASHION How to build the “Linkedin” of sustainable fashion supply chains (Lukas Puender, Retraced)

    29. FASHION How to build the “Linkedin” of sustainable fashion supply chains (Lukas Puender, Retraced)

    If you are interested in B2B partnership, SaaS product development, Sustainable fashion, or Supply chain, this episode is definitely for you!



    🌟 How do you develop an online sustainability fashion platform with 55 brands onboard, more than 3.000 suppliers and more than 2 million products?



    🌟 What happens when you find out spreadsheets are great for lots of things, but they fail when the amount of data gets too big?



    🌟 What happens when you find out there is no existing solution to track transparency in supply chains?



    Retraced happens!



    Retraced started as a simple green marketing tool in 2018.



    The simple tool grew into a whole sustainability management platform in 2020 when Covid pushed the company to a pivot.



    How did this happen?



    Lukas Puender and his team listened to their clients and they worked together with them to develop the perfect solution.

    🚀 Today Retraced has grown to 30 people, working from 10 different countries

    🚀 They’ve raised 2.5M+ in funding

    🚀 Their revenue is 7-digit and it has +15% month-on-month growth



    And they still listen to their clients.



    Retraced still has its chat function. A client can send them a question and in minutes it will be answered. This is a KPI that’s tracked.

    Their platform usage tracking makes them even more client-centric, helping their partners in the onboarding and the improvement of the platform.

    So who else, if not Lukas shared his advice on 💡How to become successful in B2B sales by seeing your clients as partners 💡

    Among it you will find:

    ✅ How to find the best solution together

    ✅ “Fake it till you make it”-mentality is a double-edged sword that quickly cuts deep

    ✅ Why invest early into a project?

    ✅ Innovation is good, solving a problem is better

    ✅ How to build a team you can trust



    Get this and more in the new episode. 🎧Listen to the episode



    Resources:

    Lukas Puender LinkedIn

    Retraced website

    Book: Chris Voss - Never split the difference
     

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



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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    28. STORYTELLING How to use stories to reach 115M people without ads and collect 1.7M€+ of donations (Paul Goodenough, Rewriting Extinction)

    28. STORYTELLING How to use stories to reach 115M people without ads and collect 1.7M€+ of donations (Paul Goodenough, Rewriting Extinction)

    TODAY'S EPISODE 



    How can we make people more aware of the extinction risks on the animals of this world, get people to care about it, to change, and also to raise money to protect these animals?

    My guest today, Paul Goodenough realized that environmentalism is too often not something on the menu. People are too caught up in their everyday lives, they don’t have the time, they do not know how to help.

    So he came up with Rewriting Extinction, a comics book collection with stories to change the world. In a few frames, their comics help you understand the issue, relate to it, and get a tangible action you can take today.

    Their mission is simple: change, protect, restore, inspire.

    With his mission, Paul has managed to attract a panel of stars like the comedians Ricky Gervais, Andy Serkis (Gollum from Lord of the Rings for those who don’t know), Jane Goodall, Peter Gabriel, and in total more than 300 creators to contribute to these stories.

    Without spending a penny on ads, Rewriting Extinction managed to reach 115M people and collected 1’480’000 pounds in donations.

    💡Paul is a great producer and a storyteller so in this episode we discussed about:

    How to build a brand, with no media investment
    How to get a lineup of stars to join your mission 
    How to get big media attention without paid PR
    How to tell an emotional story that anyone can understand (and how he organized his brainstorming sessions to create these stories).
    Are you ready? Let’s go!

    Resources:

    Paul Goodenough Linkedin

    Rewriting Extinction site

    Books:

    Don’t make me think by Steve Krug 

    Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalde, Yves Pigneur

    The dog comics discussed in the episode
     

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



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

    • 1 hr 11 min
    27. GREENTECH & WATER How to grow a B2G and sell to governments (Jacob Bossaer, Bosaq)

    27. GREENTECH & WATER How to grow a B2G and sell to governments (Jacob Bossaer, Bosaq)

    TODAY'S EPISODE 



    You thought B2B was challenging? How about dealing with governments? 😱

    Who should you contact? What is the best way to reach out to people in power in different countries? How to sign deals or test potential solutions quickly?

    Working in B2G, business 2 governments, can be extremely challenging but

    Jacob Bossaer has done it successfully with governments across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

    He founded Bosaq in 2015 with the mission to supply clean drinking water to the people who don’t have it today and Bosaq does it in a sustainable way. The company’s current ambition is to bring clean drinking water to 1.5 million people across the globe.

    Since 2015 Bosaq went from 2 to 14 employees.

    It is active on 3 continents.

    They provide drinking water to 40.000 people.

    And they have 3 patents.

    Working and selling to governments requires a wide set of skills and a personal touch. Especially when it comes to a national security asset such as water.

    In this episode Jacob shares his 6 Do’s and Don’ts when talking to people in power and

    💡How to grow a B2G and sell to governments💡

    Among them you will learn:

    ✅ how crucial it is to know the key decision-makers in the organization

    ✅ how to do your research

    ✅ how to not forget the human touch

    ✅ to be patient

    ✅ the importance of “What’s in it for me?”

    ✅ how to listen actively

    Get this firsthand advice. Listen to the episode with the link below.

    Resources:

    Jacob Bossaer Linkedin

    Bosaq website

    Book:

    Chris Voss - Never split the difference
     

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



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

    • 46 min
    26. GREENTECH COMMUNITY Grandir une communauté d’investisseurs et lever 1'000'000€ pour la planète (Arthur Auboeuf, Time For The Planet)

    26. GREENTECH COMMUNITY Grandir une communauté d’investisseurs et lever 1'000'000€ pour la planète (Arthur Auboeuf, Time For The Planet)

    TODAY'S EPISODE 



    Si vous aimez la greentech, les projets collectifs porteurs de sens, les actions écologiques concrètes, ou que grandir une communauté est important pour votre projet, cet épisode résonnera sans aucun doute en vous !
    Si beaucoup d’entrepreneurs embarquent dans leur aventure seuls ou avec quelques compatriotes, le projet de Time For The Planet est quant à lui ancré dans le collectif et l’humain. C’est la force de la communauté qui peut faire bouger les choses en matière de protection environnementale et Arthur Auboeuf l’a bien compris.

    Il est aujourd’hui l’invité du podcast Mission First, et nous prouve que co-construire son projet peut faire la différence et lui donner du sens.Arthur Auboeuf a pour projet de trouver des solutions concrètes à la crise environnementale en levant 1 milliard d’euros pour développer 100 innovations d’ici 2030.
    Time For The Planet permet aux citoyens d’aller plus loin dans l’engagement écologique en allant vers l'innovation. Tout le monde peut participer et peut investir pour ces innovations avec un montant minimum d’un euro.
    Arthur a partagé une list de Do's and Don'ts sur le sujet:
    💡“Comment grandir une communauté d’investisseurs et la transformer en business viable”💡

    Nous avons parlé en particulier de :

    ✅ La nécessité  de savoir qui l’on est pour aligner son projet avec ses valeurs et lui apporter l’énergie nécessaire.

    ✅ L’importance de testerl'appétence du marché en premier

    ✅ Comment construire son projet grâce aux échanges humains 

    ✅ Comment commencer rapidement et ne pas rester figé sur ses positions

    ✅ Comment se créer des opportunités pour améliorer son discours et son projet



    Alors, prêt(e) à rejoindre la communauté ?

    Ressources et recommendations de l'épisode:


    Arthur on Linkedin Time for the planet website
    Livres:

    Sapiens, Yuval Novah Harari https://www.amazon.fr/Sapiens-Animales-History-Humankind-Espagnole/dp/8499926223
    Le bug humain, Sébastien Boehler : https://www.lisez.com/livre-grand-format/le-bug-humain/9782221240106
    Les petits carnets d’alerte de Juliette Duquesne avec Pierre Rabhi https://carnetsdalerte.fr
     
    ⚡️⚡️⚡️DONT MISS the best of season 1 ⚡️⚡️⚡️



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

    • 49 min
    25. WATER & GREENTECH How to use a different perspective to innovate in a new industry with Megan Glover (120Water)

    25. WATER & GREENTECH How to use a different perspective to innovate in a new industry with Megan Glover (120Water)

    TODAY'S EPISODE 



    What is it like to start from scratch in an industry you know nothing about?

    This is what Megan Glover did back in 2016 when she started 120Water. Today 120Water has grown to 75 FTEs, more than 200 customers and a 7-digit revenue.

    They are paving the way for the water industry, moving it from paper into the cloud. They offer digital solutions to water professionals, helping them protect public health way more efficiently.

    Megan spent 10 years in marketing before deciding to pursue water as her next career move, and it was then natural to talk about

    How to use your experience and a different perspective to innovate in a new industry and find purpose

    Megan shares her angle on how to:

    ✅ Find mentors

    ✅ Apply proven concepts and  solutions to your business

    ✅ Keep your customer at the center of your strategy even as you scale

    ✅ Don’t let hearing NO discourage you

    ✅ Learn to let go

    ✅ Hire the right people

    ✅ Build a brand your customers would love to buy

    Ready to dive in the water? Let's go!

    Resources and recommendations from the episode:



    Megan Glover on Linkedin and Twitter

    120Water website

    Podcasts:

    Everyone Hates Marketers

    This Week In Startups

    How I Built This, Guy Raz

    ​​(Don’t) Waste Water, Antoine Waler
    Books:

    We the Possibility: Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems by Mitchell Weiss



    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
     

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



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

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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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