Mar 22, 2023
What if your morning cup of coffee could alter people's lives?
Cemal Ezel is the proud founder of Change Please, a social enterprise that helps homeless people by training them to become baristas and providing them with jobs. While on a sabbatical in Vietnam, the idea came to him after visiting a tea house staffed by deaf and mute people. The proceeds from the tea house were invested back into the staff's well-being. Upon returning to London, he enrolled in the School of Social Entrepreneurs after feeling unfulfilled in his role as a commodities broker.
Since launching they have won an array of awards, was voted Lloyd's Bank Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, Natwest's SEUK Trailblazer Awards 2017, were awarded Best Coffee at the World Beverage Innovation Awards, and Change Please was listed as one of Marketing Week's Top 100 Most Disruptive Brands 2017.
During my conversation with Cemal, he shared how a rocking chair test have helped him to make a significant difference, how they've grown from one man to a company, and how does a cup of coffee have helped changed people's lives.