Social Entrepreneur

What if your morning coffee could change lives?

With the support and power of The Big Issue, we have empowered homeless people with the skills, equipment and speciality beans they need to become fully-fledged baristas. So they can serve coffee that tastes good, and does good too.

Meet Cemal Ezel, founder of Change Please and Old Spike Roastery

He's the social entrepreneur tackling homelessness through great coffee.

Cemal Ezel is the founder of Change Please, a chain of coffee carts that works in partnership with The Big Issue to provide employment opportunities, housing and training for people who have experienced homelessness.

Cemal is also the co-founder of Old Spike Roastery, a social enterprise coffee shop and roastery in Peckham, London, that also support people who have experienced homelessness.

Here he introduces his social enterprises, shares some exciting news and maps out his five-year plan.

Stay true to your values - tips for social entrepreneurs

Cemal joined Expert Impact for a mentoring session with Karen Lynch, founder of Belu.

Here he shares his feedback and tips from the session, plus some advice for other social entrepreneurs.


Karen Lynch

Karen Lynch

Belu Water Ltd

Karen Lynch is the CEO of leading social enterprise Belu Water, transforming the loss-making venture to a highly profitable, multi-award winning consumer brand.

Absolutely fantastic

It was absolutely fantastic, well-structured, and it would have been fantastic to have more time! Imagine encapsulating all of your challenges into a defined list and an expert answering them in hour, this is exactly what Expert Impact does. I cannot recommend it highly enough.


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