Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
My basic learning grounds were youth work, my education, and an internship at Oksigen Lab for social entrepreneurship. Here I gained leadership skills, insights in business concepts and language, and learned about the landscape and application of social entrepreneurship.
My previous entrepreneurial experience lies with rePlay and its follow-up project Spinaap. rePlay was a subsidized project aiming to organize "big games", as often organized in Belgian youth work, for adults. Now, 3 years after the project, I started Spinaap with the same team. The aim is the same, organizing "big games", but we wish to do it in an entrepreunial way, selling our games at cost price. Our clients will mainly consist of large public organizations and companies.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The City of Ghent has approved a project subsidy for one year to develop Co-Searching. They will aid in communication, networking and logistical support.
The public employment service of Flanders, VDAB, also cooperates for communication on local and regional level.
We have a strong partnership with the Jobbar, a small initiative of VDAB Antwerp. We use their location and we share target groups with each other.
We have small ad hoc partnerships with other stakeholders, to organize specific Co-Searching meetings relevant for their services and target groups.