net.works - it just works

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net.works - it just works: The Social Production Network

Vienna, AustriaVienna
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project builds the biggest social-production-network for textile and upcycling products that are produced in social organizations.

The goal is the creation of a living network that covers the entire value creation chain (from design over production to delivery) and collaboratively implements big textile productions in Austria.

The project is currently in the conception phase and will be funded as “net.works GmbH” in the mid of 2014.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

- Lack of big textile productions in Austria; many imports - Increasing unemployment rate: social imbalances, declining textile industry in Austria (Revenue decline 2001-2012: 21%, annual report “Textil” WKO, 2013) - Social organizations are more and more forced to reject orders as the required scale of the production would be too big for one production site (own research and conversations) - High volatility of orders at social organizations inhibiting hiring of new employees - Environmental pollution due to imports (long distance transports)

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Setup of the production network: + Being able to produce again in Austria (less imports) + Securing and creating new jobs in a shrinking industry + Spreading orders across multiple production sites to be able to fulfill bigger orders + Stabilizing order volatility of the social organizations to ensure additional jobs in the long run + Preserving the environment through shorter routes of transport and production sites closer to clients
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Example: Greenpeace Banner Bags (for background please see “aha” moment story) One single production partner could not any longer fulfill the high demand of Greenpeace Banner Bags. To still be able to go ahead with the project, the production had to be spread across multiple social organizations. In Austria as well as many other countries the textile industry is not functioning anymore. This project helps to revitalize a shrinking industry as well as supports social organizations. These organizations offer a real employment opportunity especially to disadvantaged people, long term unemployed persons and teenagers. Current partners (conditionally): Greenpeace, Caritas, Volkshilfe, Wiener Volkshochschulen, die Umweltberatung, and many more

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Short-term goals: - Setup of the social production network in Vienna and Lower Austria - Successful implementation of one pilot project to detect potential problems early on and avoid them in the later operations - Implementation of 3-5 bigger projects (same volume as Greenpeace Banner Bags) - Foundation of net.works GmbH (limited enterprise) Mid term goals: till 2017 - Sustainable stabilization of orders for all partners to enable them to employ new workers - Expansion of the network across entire Austria (up to 250 sewing workers) - Pilot projects in European neighboring countries (focus on Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and Hungary) – first international orders already received from the Netherlands and Hungary long term goals - Setup of a flagship store, where products of partners from network are jointly presented and sold - Successful setup of a worldwide network
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Comparison of "die Umweltberatung" and the project "sozial produziert": This EU-sponsored project coordinates among social organizations and corporations (across services and industries) and is limited to Eastern parts of Austria and Western parts of Hungary. Link: http://www.umweltberatung.at/firmengeschenke-aus-sozialer-produktion Differentiation: Geography: net.works is focused on Austria as a whole and later on Europe Content: “die Umweltberatung” focuses only on coordination between organizations, but does not take over any control function (hence no buildup of industry specific knowledge possible). Net.works bundles the existing resources and offers a fully fledged service (supervision, control and execution of orders). Remark: In April 2014 Die Umweltberatung and net.works entered a collaboration to start a first pilot project until mid of 2014.
Team

Team

the founding team: More than 6 years of experience in implementation of textile productions, working with big corporations (Google, Coca Cola, Greenpeace, etc), experience in founding, setup and management of a successful startup Dave Balzer (CEO) experience: strategic concept management in several advertising agencies (e.g., Draft FCB), as of January 2013 young entrepreneur and founder of KhadiBAG (social enterprise) Vajo Sekulic (COO) qualification: Bachelor from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Management of Information Systems & behavioral management) Current job: operations manager at payolution GmbH tba (under negotiations) responsibility: organization & control of productions 4 years of professional experience at “Gabarage Upcycling Design” Planned closing of negotiations about entering as 3rd Co-founder: May