According to an Ashoka report published on May 2013 on how Ashoka is enabling systemic social impact across the Arab world, 80% expressed their need for the provision of grant support to build and strengthen networks that further their mission while 84% demanded increased access to contacts with other potential funders and 85% requested the provision of non-restricted funding.
Siemens Foundation provides technical and financial support to social entrepreneurs including the establishment of networks to share ideas, improve synergies and increase social entrepreneurs' access to multipliers and investors. Networks that foster technological innovation that goes hand in hand with social innovation. Examples of these networks are
- The Community Impact Development Group (CIDG) which acts as international network supporting social enterprises;
- "Empowering people. Network" which connects inventors worldwide, who create technological solutions for basic needs in developing countries; and
- The International Research Network for Social Economic Empowerment (IRENE I SEE) for socio-economic analyses with a focus on entrepreneurial solutions to social problems. The networks supports doctoral programs
Siemens Stiftung Foundation operates in the fields of basic needs and social entrepreneurship, education, and culture. The geographical focus of its work is in Africa and Latin America as well as Germany and other European countries. The best scenario for a successful project design that goes in-line with the foundation’s vision is to have a socially entrepreneurial idea that target positive changes in the social, economic and ecological aspects as well as promoting better use of technological and science innovation following the motto “Technology for Human Needs”. Key thematic areas of interest of the foundation are;
- Artistic interventions in urban environments such as using arts to change places;
- Performing arts & music – academies and workshops as well as building networks among cultural players;
- Agriculture, Economic development; Energy; Water/Sanitation, waste management and ICT; and
- Early childhood education through fostering Science, Technology and Mathematics “STEM”.