Today Promoting Enterprise welcomes guest contributor Daisy da Veiga, a self-employed entrepreneur who balances motherhood, travel and family life alongside running her own business. Over the next few weeks Daisy will be giving insight into the life of an entrepreneur and how to best communicate your ideas effectively.
Hello everyone, my name is Daisy da Veiga and I live in Rotterdam. I am 32 years old and a happy mom to Isaiah and wife of Mark. I am a self-employed entrepreneur in the empowerment sector since 2008.
With my enterprise Daisy da Veiga Coaching & Consultancy I get to empower people to make choices from the heart and live a victorious life. In 2007, after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in International Communication Management, I read the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. I had felt stuck for a while because I could not find a job in the field of work I studied for. After reading this book I was triggered to use the insights gained and put them into action. I had learnt that we create our own reality with our thoughts. The first dream I realised through applying the Law of Attraction, was to work abroad, in Abu Dhabi as an international media consultant. This meant daily interaction with CEO’s and chairpersons of the biggest companies in Abu Dhabi. In the two following years, I fulfilled my second dream, which was to meet inspiring people, like the social rights activist Desmond Tutu, the football player Clarence Seedorf and life success coach Tony Robbins.
With the realisation that we have the power to create our own reality, I decided to dedicate my life to communicate this message to as many people as possible. I do this as a life coach, author, empowerment trainer, blogger, vlogger and motivational speaker.
My biggest success is the thousands of people I have positively impacted with my work over the years, and my biggest challenge is balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship. I’d like to spend all my time with both my son and my work.
One of the things I love to do is travel, as I believe that it is extremely important that I feel balanced between my social and professional life. I am very happy that I have found that balance, mainly due to my great husband.
My latest trip was to Lisbon in Portugal for an empowerment exchange project that I will tell you more about in the near future. In the video below I introduce myself, according to an introduction exercise we did on the first day of the project. Yes, sometimes I am a blue communicating Smurf!
Interested in Daisy and her work? Come back to Promoting Enterprise for her next post and be sure to visit her website for more information: http://www.daisydaveiga.com/
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). In this new feature, we catch up with former EEPA honourees who’ve gone on to do great things since winning the award.
This week, Manfred Radermacher from the award-winning Enterability project in Germany reflects on the impact of winning an EEPA one year on…
Manfred Radermacher, Social Impact GmbH IFD- Selbstständigkeit
|Organisation||Social Impact GmbH IFD- Selbstständigkeit|
|Award won||Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship|
What was it like to win the award?
We were very surprised and very happy. Before the award ceremony, we were unsure that we would win as we didn’t think the jury would understand what we do. Often people don’t understand the core of what we do, they only see the surface and think it’s easy as pie. But we were sure that we would have a good chance if the jury understood our work. During the ceremony, we were convinced that the Dutch delegation would win. No one was more surprised than we were to have won the prize.
How did winning the award immediately impact your work?
A direct effect or immediate impact didn’t happen at first. The media response in Germany was nil. Unfortunately, all press statements and official texts were in English only. For some of our contacts, especially those that are important for the project, many of whom are in the regions in offices and agencies, job centres and employment agencies, regional business organisations and disability organisations, etc. they don’t speak English. It’s a prerequisite that you address them in German if you want to achieve anything.
What response did you receive from your colleagues and peers?
Our direct colleagues and our founders were very happy. We celebrated together and were very proud. Some of our other colleagues also rejoiced with us, even if they were a little jealous:)
What has been the long-term impact?
There are two main long-term effects:
1) Our reputation among our supporters has solidified. This has improved our position in negotiations when it comes to survival and the scale of our funding.
2) Our reputation within the sector has increased. This is also important when it comes to resources.
Why did you decide to enter the national competition?
This might sound arrogant, but it’s honest: We entered because we wanted to win! And we wanted to win because:
1) We were convinced that we helped a lot of people with disabilities. What we do is really innovative and could, if imitated, help many disabled people in Europe. We wanted as many people as possible to get to know our work because that would help to change the image of people with disabilities. And we believed we could do that if we win.
2) The award helped us – and still does – in negotiations with funders for support and resources. This has been really helpful, so entering to win was our goal.
What advice would you give to others thinking of entering?
Focus on the essentials. Ask yourself: “What is the core of what we do?” and explain it simply but precisely with detailed justifications. Describe the positive impact of your work.
To find out more about Enterability, visit the website at www.enterability.de.
I started Trendiction because I am passionate about social media and I love building things. My co-founder and I have developed a series of powerful and user-friendly tools (with some help from business angels, private equity and Luxinnovation, a local government programme), that give our customers unique insight into their internet presence; which in turn allows them to react faster, better and more accurately to consumer feedback, resulting in better products. Our most popular product, Talkwalker, was rated one of the top five best social media monitoring tools and online reputation management tools globally in 2013.
If I were in charge of enterprise policy, I would select a handful of entrepreneurs and support them for a year while they develop their ideas.
“Entrepreneurs are important to society because we bring new ideas, hope, vision and change.”
Hero(es): Mark Zuckerberg
Start up capital: Own
Can you code? Yes
Education / Training: Computing
Product / Service: Social media analytics