SensAbility 2018

April 6th/7th 2018 - WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management


We are Germany's largest Social Enterprise Conference

Founded in 2009, SensAbility already is the biggest student led initiative on social business in Europe with about 200 participants from all over the world. It is an event created by students for students to interact with social entrepreneurs, learn about sustainability in business and get actively involved with the entire field. Our goal is to raise the awareness of our participants for current societal and ecological problems and to show students ways to connect their professional career with social responsibility. During our two‐day conference filled with fascinating speeches, exciting discussions and interactive workshops our participants will get the chance to draw inspirations from the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and finally put their ideas into praxis!

This year's confirmed Speakers

Scot Frank
Co-Founder and CEO of
One Earth Designs

Not only did Scot receive a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, he also founded three companies and was involved in ventures like the renewable energy projects for the Clinton Global Initiative and Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room. He is the founder of One Earth Designs, the company that developed a portable fuel-free solar-cooker, with which it aims to extinguish household air pollution from cooking fires in developing nations – a severe problem causing 4.3 million deaths every year. Scot aims to change the way people around the world use energy. He was awarded the title Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

Sebastian Grothaus
Co-Founder and CEO of Good Profits

In 2015 Sebastian Grothaus founded Good Profits, which is an investment fund for social businesses and offers very easy, fair and clear investment conditions. Sebastian, who has been studying everything related to financial education for many years, wants to be a role model. Good Profits aims at combining good returns with doing good and has already provided capital to companies such as Africa GreenTec. or Tennant Company. This is clearly a great possibility for investors to fund businesses that make the world a better place. Last year the two CEOs Sebastian and his colleague Dirk Stiller have been part of the jury of our Social Pitch and we look forward to welcoming Sebastian again this year!

Markus Sauerhammer
Chairman Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (SEND e.V.)

Markus’s career did not go straight to business. After school he started as a farmer and only later began his business studies. In the meantime, he founded an own firm called Naturdenker GmbH “by accident”. Today he puts his effort into the think-tank SEND e.V. which tries to be a port of call for everybody who is interested in Social Entrepreneurship. They create value for their members by giving them a voice, connecting entrepreneurs to players in politics, welfare and industry and giving members the opportunity to participate in workshops and events to broaden their knowledge. Moreover, Markus is shaping the future of Startnext, the first German crowdfunding platform.

Andrea Weber
Director Corporate Responsibility METRO AG

Andrea held different leading positions at METRO, an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. Throughout her career, she has always been connected to the area of environment and sustainability. Andrea is an expert in responsible sourcing, with a special focus on fish and seafood. As Director, Corporate Responsibility, she is the single point of contact for the countries in all matters of sustainability and assures the fulfilment of sustainability standards and policies. Moreover, she serves as a sparring partner and interface for own brands, marketing and communication. Andrea is a member of the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).

Matthias Scheffelmeier
Partner, Ashoka Germany & Member of Ashoka Europe's regional leadership team

Ashoka is the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs providing stipends, assistance and access to a global network of peers. Besides, he is the co-founder of the "ChangemakerXchange", a global collaborative community for outstanding young social innovators. Apart from his role at Ashoka Matthias is a founding board member at the Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND) and a global board member at MasterPeace, an award-winning global grassroots peace movement. He also proudly serves on the jury of the Impact Challenge in Germany, the jury of "Land der Ideen" and as an advisory council member for StartSocial.

FuckUp Session - Lessons Learned

"Fail fast, fail often" is probably among the most cited quotes of "Silicon Valley Wisdom" and many entrepreneurs would agree that failing is an integral and important part of most ventures. Therefore, for the very first time, a FuckUp Session will be part of this year's conference schedule.

Holger Heinze
Founder of Monagoo GmbH

We are proud to announce Holger Heinze as one of our FuckUp Session speakers at the SensAbility – The WHU Social Enterprise Conference 2018! In 1999 Holger founded his first Startup Global Network Interactive and afterwards went through various consulting positions, for instance at IBM, Cassini Consulting or the Belize Tourism Industry Association after becoming a freelance consultant. In early 2014 he founded Monagoo, an online shop selling exclusively sustainable products. They considered the entire production chain to make sure, every product has been produced entirely sustainable. By 2015 they had made 6 figure revenues, won an award from the German Government’s Council for Sustainability (Award des Nachhaltigkeitsrates der Bundesregierung) and had grown to over 12.000 articles in their shop. Then they closed the shop, avoided bankruptcy by millimeters and turned Monagoo into a consulting/coaching hub for social entrepreneurs. Today, Holger is the lead e-commerce experience consultant for and a guest professor for entrepreneurship at the Mannheim University of Cooperative Education. We are excited to welcome him at the SensAbility – The WHU Social Enterprise Conference on April 6 & 7, 2018.

Felix Leonhardt
Founder and Head of Purefood GmbH

In 2014 he Co-founded purefood GmbH, selling frozen yogurt and protein powder and at the same time donating a meal to kids in Mali. Purefood combines our pleasure and consumption to do good elsewhere. Having co-founded two startups already, Felix is a very experienced social entrepreneur. We cannot wait for Felix revealing his ups and downs during his founding process in our FuckUp Session.

Conference Program - 2018

This year's Workshop Partners

ecoistics institute
Social Impact Lab Frankfurt
Social Entrepreneurship Akademie
Tobias März
Silicon Vilstal

Growth Mindset
Infinity Deutschland
Collaborating Centre on
Sustainable Consumption
and Production
Tengelmann Social Ventures
Last year's Speakers

Julian Oehrlein
Founder Oradian

Julian worked with an early stage financial technology start-up for microfinance before leaving to co-found Oradian with the aim to face challenges of the financial inclusion industry. Previously, he gained experience in the world of microfinance at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and in the operations department of Ujjivan Financial Services in Bangalore, India.

Lily Liu
Founder PublicStuff

After a career working for the government focused on civic engagement, educational funding and innovative technology projects, Lily Liu founded PublicStuff, one of the first civic tech startups. With Lily serving as their CEO, PublicStuff is an online platform that connects people and local governments to increase civic participation in communities across the nation.

Torsten Schreiber
Founder Africa GreenTec

With its goal of bringing electricity to regions in Africa, Africa GreenTec has installed several solar panel containers and plants. The produced electricity is not only sustainable and therefore eco-friendly, but enables the profiting communities furthermore to *work* more efficient and influences the local education in a positive way. This social business helps to improve living conditions in their five projects.

Audrey Cheng
Founder of the Moringa School

Audrey Cheng is a young social entrepreneur and founder of the Moringa School. Since 2014, Moringa school played a crucial role in developing talented individuals by providing them education in software development, equipping them with the skills they need to boost their career in technology.

Tom Szaky
Founder TerraCycle

Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste. Tom attended Princeton College but dropped out in his sophomore year and spent his savings on an organic fertilizer created from worm poop.

Will Tyler-Greig
The Scottish Government

Will is Head of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment at the Scottish Government. Most recently, he and his team worked with Scotland’s social enterprise community to launch a new 10-year social enterprise strategy - focussed on building and strengthening the sector.

Nicole Dufft
betterplace lab

Nicole Dufft is an analyst, consultant and speaker scrutinizing the impacts of digitization on business and society - fighting for a digitization that benefits humanity. As ‚Special Agent‘ she is supporting the betterplace lab, Germany’s leading think and do tank focussing on the potential of digital technology for philanthropy and social change.


You are currently studying in a bachelors, masters or PhD program

  • Listen to inspiring speeches
  • Take part in workshops and crash courses
  • Speed dating with social enterprises
  • Accomodation at WHU students included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


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You are employed at a (social) business or have already founded your own company

  • Listen to inspiring speeches
  • Take part in executive workshops
  • Speed dating with social enterprises
  • Accomodation at WHU students included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


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Social Pitch

You have an idea for a social business or already started one

  • Pitch your business plan in front of investors
  • Get funded with up to 50,000 €
  • Get in contact with other social startups
  • Accomodation at WHU students included
  • Professional business coaching for the winner
  • Meet several social VCs and business angels

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