Melina Taprantzi wise greece



How to
save local producers and donate food
to people in need

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Lots of us dream of having a real positive social impact, but it’s easier said than done. 

Are you dreaming of starting your nonprofit organization, but you don’t know where to start? 

Or maybe you started it, but it turns out that growing it and funding it is more complex than you thought. 

Well, this episode might have the answers you need to start and grow your non-profit organization.

I’m really excited to talk to Melina Taprantzi, the founder of Wise Greece, a social entrepreneurship pioneer and non-profit organization. 

Melina recently won an award from the United Nations, recognizing her as one of the seven women worldwide, whose activity significantly contributes to the achievement of the global sustainable development goals 2030 

Wise Greece has a double mission: they support small Greek food producers by promoting top quality Greek products through the sales of which they raise money and buy food in order to donate it to the people in need.

They cooperate with more than a hundred producers selling more than 2500 of their products. And they have distributed more than 50 tons of food to orphanages and soup kitchens across the country. 

She prepared a list of 8 Do’s and don’ts about 

💡 “how to build a social enterprise!” 💡

So be ready to learn from a very inspiring and very impactful social entrepreneur. 

Melina and Wise Greece: 

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Why I (really) created this podcast

We are at a critical period for our planet and its inhabitants, and entrepreneurs and companies are going to play a massive influence on our future. 

As always, there are two sides who can pull us in opposite directions. 

On one side, there are entrepreneurs who chase and base their decisions on money, success, and fame. 

On the other side, I believe there are entrepreneurs who truly care about making a positive difference on this world. Money is a mean and not an end to these entrepreneurs: they care about their Mission First, and their goal is not fame nor a quick exit for the sake of it. I call them Entrepreneurs for Future

I want to do my best to support these Entrepreneurs for future. 

On one hand, I do that with my company GT Impact, with which I help mission-driven companies scale up with digital marketing and growth hacking. 

On the other hand, I wanted to start this podcast because I believe the best way to learn is by getting advice from those who have already done what we want to achieve

Finally, maybe a secret reason for me to create this podcast: because it is a real pleasure and inspiration to meet and learn from these entrepreneurs. 

I have indeed been an entrepreneur myself since I am a teenager, always launching projects based on my passions. 

Music, for example, has guided me through my whole life. At 20 I started a non-profit organization to run techno music festivals in Belgium, where I was djing myself, then a few years ago I co-founded my first startup in Berlin, a music tech startup called Feelthebeat (Soundbrenner now). Currently I still do music with my indie folk pop band Lapwings

Preserving nature and its wild animals have also always been one of my passions: I have been mesmerized by the beauty of the wild orang-utans I have followed in Sumatra, or by the wild dolphins I had the chance to swim with in the Golf of Mexico. 

As an entrepreneur, I have bigger plans for GT Impact than “just” making it a great digital marketing agency for mission-driven startups, and secretly, this podcast helps me to learn and prepare the future…but shhh, that will be for another episode 😉  



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