Impact Programme Kick-Off

Kick-off of the 2018 Impact Programme

On the 11th of January, candidates and coaches of the 2018 Impact Programme met for an amazingly inspiring evening.

The evening started in Ashoka's offices where participants received basic information on the programme and got the opportunity to meet each other for fun and relaxing ice-breakers. The event continued at the prestigious US ambassador's residence in Brussels, where we introduced the 11 participants and their projects to a highly recognised audience in integration and employment sectors.

Meet the 11 Ashoka Impact 2018 social entrepreneurs

Edward Vanhoutte - Balance HR

Balance HR is a community of senior HR freelancers offering their expertise on a voluntary basis to underprivileged people who are looking for a (better) job or who wish to start a business.

Katrin Van den Troost - Haven Coop

Haven Coop guides young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 who want to realize their business dream in the context of youth centres, giving them the opportunity to test the viability of their entrepreneurial project for two years.

Jan Christiaens - Mobiel 21

Mobiel 21 has initiated a Cycling School, mostly for people with low incomes and/or a migrant background. Cycling stimulates autonomy, improves their chances of finding a job, supports integration and builds self-esteem.

Illias Marraha - Muslinked

Muslinked is a network for high potential Muslims. It brings talents and bridge builders together in three domains: entrepreneurship, education and the social sector.

Evelyne Morelle - MWFund

MWFund facilitates the social and ultimately professional integration of underprivileged children through sport.

Tom Frans - Nature VZW

Nature VZW offers innovative therapeutic programs based on Adventure Therapy, which are complementary to traditional therapy sessions for young people suffering from psychological problems.

Sophie Querton - Refugees Got Talent

Refugees Got Talent offers refugee artist the opportunity to practice their art in workshops, to demonstrate and disseminate their works, to meet other artists and audiences, and to be open to artistic events in Belgium.

 Farah Laporte - Refu Interim

Refu Interim aims to enhance the social integration and professional self-reliance of newcomers (asylum seekers and refugees), by preparing and guiding them towards a volunteering job in the cultural or social sector.

 Marine Liesenhoff - Sharify

Sharify is a community of changemakers who share skills and knowledge through training, experimentation and collaboration, aiming at stimulating entrepreneurship in the collaborative, cooperative and circular economy models.

Giacomo Delinavelli -  The Good Lobby

The Good Lobby is a skill sharing community that aims to strengthen civil society. The goal is to empower NGOs and civil society actors to improve the impact they have by providing knowledge and resources they may not otherwise have access to.

 Ingrid Verduyn - We and Work (WaW)

We and Work (WaW) is a professional HR company, providing work opportunities that correspond to the talents and motivation of individuals. WaW pays special attention to those who have to find their way in the labour market jungle without a degree or a network.