Share The Meal is an award-winning app and an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. With just a tap on their smartphones, users can donate as little as 50 cents (the global average cost to feed a child) and feed a child for a day.
Company: Share The Meal
Why We Love Share the Meal
There are 821 million malnourished individuals across the globe today. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to lead an active and healthy life. In fact, hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The good news is that hunger is entirely solvable. And it costs just 50 cents to feed one child for a day. Share The Meal is helping get people all over the world to contribute 50 cents or more to help fight world hunger.
Massimiliano’s Entrepreneurial Journey
Massimiliano worked as a management consultant before SIPA. He worked on corporate, for profit projects and always thought about doing something on his own and that would drive impact. When the first venture he started did not work out, he did not give up and still knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. He began running Share The Meal when its founders, whom he knew in Berlin, reached out. He knew this was the perfect opportunity to do something and at significant scale.
According to Costa, the hardest part about being an entrepreneur is that you are constantly on a rollercoaster. It’s your “baby” and so it means a lot to you and you are emotionally way more involved than you would be anywhere else.
Running a High Impact Business
Share The Meal allows individuals to donate directly to food causes and crises -- such as Syrian refugees in a specific camp in Jordan. The organization measures impact by how many meals they fund through the app.. To date, six million meals worth $13 million have been shared.
Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs
"I advise that you pursue ideas that you care deeply about and that matter to the world. Entrepreneurship is fun but it is also really painful. While I would strongly encourage you to be resilient, resilience does not mean continuing to work on something that isn’t working. At some point, you need to re-evaluate what is not working."
Favorite Place on Campus
"Publique on the 6th floor."
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