Chris Kaiser, German, founder of B’n’Tree, fellows of East Africa + Tunisia + Europe programme 2018-2019

With B’n’Tree, we plant trees for travelers – for free. Whenever someone makes a booking with one of our partners, and begins this booking on bedandtree.com, we plant a tree – without any cost to the traveler.

With B’n’Tree, we plant trees for travelers – for free.

Prior to applying for the enpact mentoring program in June 2018, B’n’Tree was not much more than a dream. We had planted 3,000 trees after partnering with Booking.com. Our online presence was a subpage on my personal website. That was it.

The enpact team saw the potential behind B’n’Tree and accepted me to the program. Back then, my self-proclaimed aim was to plant 12,000 trees before the end of 2018, and a vague hope was to find another booking platform partner, or maybe even two. In order to not look like a complete idiot, I managed to create and launch a dedicated website before heading to Berlin.



During and after the first mentoring week in August things went wild. The entire enpact community, mentors and fellows alike, shared, encouraged and inspired one another like no other community I have ever witnessed before. Everyone had open ears for problems and creative ideas how to move forward towards the next, big goal. Within a week we grew together like a family. A family, that not just shares big wins, but also sorrows, drawbacks and heart-felt fears.

And with that we grew our dreams, and our goals, and our businesses. With B’n’Tree, we planted our 12,000th tree the month after Berlin. By the end of 2018 we were up and beyond 30,000 trees – more than 2.5 times what we had hoped for, over 10 times what we had achieved before joining the enpact program.

By the end of 2018 we were up and beyond 30,000 trees – more than 2.5 times what we had hoped for, over 10 times what we had achieved before joining the enpact program.

Thanks to the encouragement of mentors and fellows, I dared to dream bigger, reach out to more people, become more self-confident in promoting B’n’Tree. We didn’t just sign one new partner or two in the months to come, but six, including global players such as TripAdvisor, Skyscanner and Expedia. Never would I have imagined a tiny business, not much more than a dream, to take off like this.

new partner (…) including global players such as TripAdvisor, Skyscanner and Expedia.

What’s more, besides B’n’Tree taking flight, we created connections. Via our WhatsApp group we’re in touch with each other almost daily, have met other enpactors in person on numerous occasions, and are all looking forward to hugging one another at our final mentoring week in Nairobi in February 2019.

Besides inspiring one another and growing our businesses to unexpected heights, we have formed friendships that will last a lifetime. And that is the most valuable thing on Earth you can dream of.