By Tamara Pupic
A duo of Dubai-based entrepreneurs will represent the Gulf at the global final of The Venture, a competition to find and support the world’s most promising social enterprise start-ups.
This week’s Entrepreneurs of the Week Charles Blaschke and Chris Burkhardt, co-founders of Taka Solutions, aim to shine a spotlight on the critical importance of enhancing energy efficiency and promoting green buildings.
Blaschke and Burkhardt set up Taka Solutions in the Fujairah Free Zone in 2013 to address the waste of energy caused by the poor and unhealthy construction of buildings in the region by providing tailored energy-efficient solutions – energy performance contracts (ESCO) models.
“We want this to be a platform to educate and make people aware about energy efficiency as a whole,” says Blaschke.
In January the two co-founders won the regional round of The Venture, a global competition to find and support the most promising social enterprise start-ups.
This month they are taking part in an intensive accelerator week hosted at Oxford University by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship to prepare for the upcoming final of The Venture in New York City in July. They will compete for a share of The Venture’s $1 million fund.
Talking about the upcoming competition in New York, Blaschke says: “We want to make the region proud. We are a homegrown, Dubai-based SME that is making an environmental and social impact and we want to spread this around the world.
“One thing that we want to do is to try to work with the UAE government for them to show to the world that there is a company from Dubai, started by expats, which is now going out and changing the world.”
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