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Impact Hustlers features entrepreneurs and changemakers solving the world's biggest problems and creating massive social impact. Hosted by Maiko Schaffrath this podcast shares the stories of those who connect impact with profit and build businesses and solutions that solve problems such as climate change and poverty. Learn how entrepreneurship can be the solution to the world's biggest environmental and social problems.Learn more: www.impacthustlers.com

Impact Hustlers - Entrepreneurs with Social Impact Maiko Schaffrath

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Impact Hustlers features entrepreneurs and changemakers solving the world's biggest problems and creating massive social impact. Hosted by Maiko Schaffrath this podcast shares the stories of those who connect impact with profit and build businesses and solutions that solve problems such as climate change and poverty. Learn how entrepreneurship can be the solution to the world's biggest environmental and social problems.Learn more: www.impacthustlers.com

    Climate Intelligence For Superior Business Decision-Making - Iggy Bassi of Cervest

    Climate Intelligence For Superior Business Decision-Making - Iggy Bassi of Cervest

    With the increasing severity of the climate problem, thankfully, there are organizations like Cervest that offer their climate intelligence program to empower companies and individuals to analyze their climate risk and make climate-informed decisions. For this reason, Cervest’s Founder and CEO Iggy Bassi joins us today to educate us on why we need to quantify and act on climate risks. 
    Some of the highlights of this episode include the extremely useful advice that Iggy shares on building a mission-driving business, hiring the right people, finding the right investors, cultivating great relationships with both your staff and investors, and getting through the dark days. He also talks about why you need to marry method with conviction, which he emphasizes a lot, as it has a big role to play for founders when building a company. This is an episode you won’t want to miss.
    Iggy’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:
    “Conviction needs to be high on mission, but also needs to marry with method as well, because the real impact you're looking to make has to be scalable.” (27:17)“There'll always be dark days… The question is, who do you want around your board when times get dark, and do they believe in the same thing that you believe?” (27:52)“You may be very strong on vision, but you've got to surround yourself with the right talent, and you have to build the right culture, because [...] for every power you have, you have a corresponding weakness as well.” (31:43)In this episode, we also talked about:
    Cervest and how it works (6:32)Why people use Cervest (17:54)Iggy’s hardest lessons learned (26:47)Finding mission-aligned investors (34:55)Support the show

    • 47 min
    Backing Up Startups To Generate Impactful Solutions For Global Issues - Alex Farcet of Rainmaking

    Backing Up Startups To Generate Impactful Solutions For Global Issues - Alex Farcet of Rainmaking

    Alex Farcet is Founder of Rainmaking and Startupbootcamp, and these are just two of the many hats he wears. Rainmaking harnesses the power of entrepreneurship to help corporate companies implement innovation and impact initiatives, and Startupbootcamp is currently the largest industry-focused startup accelerator in the world. 
    In this episode, Alex shares what led him to starting these companies and what drives him to keep them going. As someone with tons of entrepreneurial experience, he shares his advice and experiences for founders on fundraising, startups, the impact space, and the like. He even talks about the shift from corporate to startup, and why he works with both. Whether you’re a first-time founder or serial entrepreneur, you’ll want to listen to what Alex has to say.
    Alex’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:
    “There's no secret sauce. You have to be extremely adaptive and aware… There's no formulaic approach. We've evolved over time.” (18:33)“We have to work on these problems. We're talking about my kids' well-being here, the planet's well-being.” (40:23)“The number one difference I see between a doing well Startupbootcamp alumni and not is how well they know their customer… It's, again, customer discovery, customer discovery, customer discovery. There is nothing else.” (48:42)In this episode, we also talked about:
    Alex’s entrepreneurial journey (9:51)How to make startup and corporate collaboration work (18:29)Mainstream funding for impact-driven startups (35:27)How to secure the right investors (46:57)Support the show

    • 55 min
    Cultivating Carbon Negative Food Ingredients For A Better Planet - Marcela Flores & Angela Newton of Tierra Foods

    Cultivating Carbon Negative Food Ingredients For A Better Planet - Marcela Flores & Angela Newton of Tierra Foods

    Today, we were joined by not just one but two co-founders: Marcela Flores and Angela Newtons, who are the brains behind Tierra Foods, a startup with a mission to change the way we feed the planet. Through agroforestry and regenerative farming, Tierra Foods develops carbon-negative ingredients that help restore the planet. So, not only do these plants and ingredients help sequester carbon, but they taste good too!
    In this episode, Marcela and Angela share how the Carbon13 program was vital in making their paths cross but also in teaching them tips and tricks on how to successfully build their business. Apart from giving their insights into the agroforestry impact space, they also shared their advice for entrepreneurs on things like differentiating opportunities from distractions, how to find the right investors for your business, and so much more. This is an episode you won’t want to miss. 
    Marcela and Angela’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:
    “It's so vital to be clear on the North Star and recognize that opportunities and distractions will come all the time. There's a real art in being able to navigate that and recognize the difference between a pivot and a distraction.” (29:45)“There are a lot of investors out there. There's arguably a lot of money out there, but I think it's really important to find investors who really get who you are and what you want to do and what you're trying to achieve.” (36:44)In this episode, we also talked about:
    The Carbon13 program and what inspired Marcela and Angela to create Tierra Foods (6:41)How Tierra Foods brings the innovation to agroforestry (22:52)Entrepreneurial lessons the co-founders learned (28:59)Finding investors who are truly aligned with your mission (34:03) The world in 10 years according to Marcela and Angela (40:19)Support the show

    • 47 min
    Restoring The Health Of The Planet And Its People Through Climate Candy - Amy Keller of FAVES

    Restoring The Health Of The Planet And Its People Through Climate Candy - Amy Keller of FAVES

    Think of candy, but in this case, it’s made out of upcycled fruits and vegetables (yes, you read that right) and it helps the environment, so it’s not only good for you but it’s good for the planet too! That’s what FAVES by Climate Candy is, and its co-founder and CEO, Amy Keller, is here to school us on food waste, climate change, candy manufacturing, and so much more. Amy is also the CEO of Pureplus, which works with farmers to turn their unwanted produce into plant-based powders, which ties into FAVES and Climate Candy. Fun fact: FAVES actually stands for Fruit And Vegetable Sweets. See what they did there? 
    In this episode, Amy talks about what inspired her to address multiple problems, such as climate change, poor nutrition, unhealthy food, and food waste, to name a few, through candy. It’s really worth listening to her share her entrepreneurial journey in founding Pureplus, Climate Candy, and FAVES, obstacles she overcame, and lessons she learned to make her the successful impact-driven entrepreneur and advisor she is today. Press play on this episode now!
    Amy’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:
    “When I look at that capability to share this dream of ours to teach millions of citizens how easy it is to affect change, it's high time people realize and seize their full power that it's really what we choose to eat, and that includes all of us.” (11:20)“As an entrepreneur, you're exposed to new insights, transformational experiences, really unique opportunities to make a positive impact in the world.” (28:33)“One of the things that you learn as an entrepreneur is that you have to take action and rise from some of these setbacks and understand that they're not setbacks. They're all learnings.” (29:41)In this episode, we also talked about:
    All about Climate Candy (7:56)Incumbents vs. startups (16:40)Entrepreneurial lessons from Amy (28:32)Amy’s great advice for early stage founders in the candy space (36:47)The world in 10 years according to Amy (42:28)Support the show

    • 47 min
    Personalized Vitamins For Better Health & Wellness - Melissa Snover of Nourished

    Personalized Vitamins For Better Health & Wellness - Melissa Snover of Nourished

    Tailor-made nutrition. That is the tagline of Nourished, a company dedicated to personalized nutrition supplements that are vegan, friendly, not to mention, delectable, and are made through patented 3D printing techniques and sophisticated encapsulation gel technology. Its CEO and founder is Melissa Snover, a seasoned entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies. In fact, in 2019, she raised the highest female founder seed round in the history of the UK, so there is definitely a lot that can be learned from her. 
    In today’s episode, Melissa talks about why she was set on solving a problem that she herself experienced, the world of 3D printing and nutrition, how she’s made her businesses stand out from the rest, and key advice for early stage founders on having the right mindset when facing problems, choosing investors, and building a support system. Listen to this episode to find out Melissa’s investor horror story that will make you think twice before accepting money from just any investor!
    Melissa’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:
    “All good entrepreneurs have a highly developed sense of empathy, because only when you have that can you actually develop solutions that are going to be fit for purpose and actually create meaningful value add and solve problems for people.” (6:41)“Every difficult thing that happens is really an education that prepares you for the next step, and I've really adjusted my perception to view it that way. The sooner you do that, the better you will be for the rest of your life.” (26:04)“99% of your life is the ride, not the destination, and you have to find ways of getting comfortable with that failure, and the eventualities of what the impact of that might be.” (28:09“The easy way and the right way are never the same way.” (34:04)In this episode, we also talked about:
    How Melissa ‘accidentally’ became an entrepreneur (3:22)How Nourished adds value to their customers (16:14)Crucial lessons Melissa learned on her entrepreneurial journey (25:58)Finding the right investors for your business (35:22)Support the show

    • 46 min
    Scaling Impact Through Zero Waste Packaging System - Safia Qureshi of CLUBZERØ

    Scaling Impact Through Zero Waste Packaging System - Safia Qureshi of CLUBZERØ

    Reusable packaging has been around for a while already as an alternative to single-use plastic or disposable packaging, but if there was a way to level this sustainable experience up? That’s where CLUBZERØ, formerly known as CupClub, comes in through innovatively combining sustainability and technology. Safia Qureshi of CLUBZERØ’s joins us today to share how she went from being an architect to a startup CEO and founder and why their reusable packaging experience is better than the rest. 
    Safia shares how her background in architecture has helped them develop CLUBZERØ as the most scalable and best quality setup in the market, why user experience or UX is a big deal, improving the customer journey, and more. She also gives her insights and advice for entrepreneurs on the qualities you need to survive, addressing customers’ needs, and partnering up with the right businesses, among others. Tune in to this episode! 
    With the likes of Just Eat, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Nestle, and more companies promoting the use of CLUBZERØ, we’re proudly on the way to lessening or eradicating single-use or disposable packaging. Say no to disposable packaging and sign up to join CLUBZERØ here! https://www.clubzero.co
    Safia’s key lessons and quotes from this episode were:
    “Fundamentally, it's about finding your purpose. I think you're answering your inner brief, which leads you to do what you do.” (7:59)“There's always value in selling your product if it's creating impact.” (51:25)In this episode, we also talked about:
    Finding your purpose (3:57)CLUBZERØ for consumers (17:17)How to gain customers (33:47)Overcoming COVID and other challenges (44:09)Support the show

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Customer Reviews

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84 Ratings

maddie@podcastingyou ,

Incredible podcast!

This podcast is an amazing resource that sheds light on the intersection of sustainability and profitability. Maiko is a great host and each of his conversations with guests provides valuable insights and inspiration for change!

djfreequency ,

Well produced and covers topics that matter!

I came across the Impact Hustlers podcast today and listened to the interview with Jean Louis Kindler on Waste to Hydrogen. I thought it was an excellent interview with thoughtful questions on the future of energy, Jean-Louis’ journey and lessons as an entrepreneur, and the challenges ahead for the hydrogen, and specifically, the waste to hydrogen, space. The content was both educational and entertaining, and the cherry on top is that the podcast covers topics that are inspiring and encouraging about how technology and innovation is being harnessed to help humanity solve the very real challenges ahead. Keep it up, Maiko!

Stacie Stiletto ,

Learning Something New

I really enjoyed listening to Impact Hustlers. At the moment there is only one episode but I can tell from the first episode that this podcast will be very beneficial to my business endeavors in the future.

The interview has a nice flow, there aren't any awkward or silent pauses, there isn't any fumbling over the questions/answers. It's really polished and professional without being too "stuffy".

I love that the show has "professional" intro and outro music/bumper. That lets me know that the creator of the podcast is serious about the show.

The audio quality is simply amazing and the actual content of the show is outstanding.

I look forward to future episodes.

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