Buy a GiveMeTap metal water bottle, download the app, and a person in Africa gains access to clean drinking water. Google for Entrepreneurs has played a key role in GiveMeTap’s success from the beginning. It offered Founder Edwin Broni-Mensah a space to build a tight-knit team as well as an opportunity to be mentored by Google.
The Lovie Awards would like to honour Edwin Broni-Mensah with The Lovie Emerging Entrepreneur Award for starting the incredible social enterprise GiveMeTap right from his dorm room at university, and for using the Web to help people get access to clean water.
A social enterprise with big ambitions to create a world where drinking water is free to all, is appearing in the Bullring this week.
A prerequisite for any business to grow is to improve their technology and GiveMeTap are no exception. With the release of the social enterprise’s new Android & iOS App this month, they hope to make a splash and give consumers easier access to water while transforming the image of social enterprises.
Figen Gunes talks to Edwin Broni-Mensah, who has created a genius social enterprise helping folk from the UK to Africa
In light of working together both GiveMeTap and VirginMoney have shared their experiences and the lessons they have learnt.
Using this concept, Broni-Mensah aimed to cut down plastic waste and use the profits from the sale of GiveMeTap water bottles to build water projects in Africa.
But if you, like us, think that forking out £1.20 for a miniscule bottle of mineral water is an outrage (not to mention an unnecessary use of plastic), then check out Give Me Tap. This new scheme maps out over 100 cafés and shops (and counting) that have agreed to give all you lovely people free tap water refills, without the obligation of buying anything.
With the new #MindTheTap campaign, Edwin has successfully tapped cafes all along zone 1 of the London underground. GiveMeTap aims to keep Londoners hydrated and happy during their commute throughout the year. Achieving success with corporates like Deloitte and Pizza Hut have also been huge milestones in the GiveMeTap journey and the team hopes to secure a lot more corporate deals over the months to come.
Not only does this benefit dehydrated commuters (there are 750 faintings every year on the London Underground), it’s good for the environment, as it cuts the use of harmful plastics. Broni-Mensah promises that for every two bottles sold, one person in a developing country gets clean drinking water for life.
LC: How would you explain the concept to someone on the Tube?
SJ: It’s a really simple concept! Almost every tube commuter has experienced the stuffy, uncomfortable conditions of hot rush hour. Buying water to keep hydrated can be really expensive and also wasteful. We’ve set up a network of over 100 cafés/eateries (we call them Taps) in London where you can refill your GiveMeTap bottle on the go, without the obligation of buying anything. No questions. No hassle. We’re growing our network of cafes extensively through our new campaign, MindTheTap, so that you are never more than 4 minutes away from free water once you get of the tube.
This summer, to combat the dangers of heat on the Underground, and reduce the just under 750 annual faintings, GiveMeTap has launched its own London hydration campaign called MindTheTap. - See more at: http://www.projectdirt.com/project/7783/#!/journal_entry/19101
Young social enterprise, GiveMeTap, has partnered with leading business advisory firm, Deloitte, securing a contract to provide the firm’s UK staff with reusable GiveMeTap water bottles.
The idea that nothing is free in London is disproved withGiveMeTap’s rebooted campaign, MindTheTap. Commuters and tourists alike will be able to stay hydrated with ease this summer thanks to this drinking water campaign. With the hot weather that is currently taking over England, nothing is more crucial than the availability of clean drinking water.
A GiveMeTap user benefits from saving money, staying hydrated for free, and also having a social conscience…The Café benefits from have a social conscience and also the increase in footfall from people coming into their premises…The environment benefits from not having to deal with tons of plastic bottle waste….and the Developing World benefits from having money ‘pumped’ in to local Water projects.
Simple. But Brilliant.
A student has created a re-usable water bottle to raise money to irrigate drought-stricken African countries.
Edwin Broni-Mensah has launched "Give Me Tap", a business that enables people to fill a special aluminium bottle with water at eateries across Manchester.