Ashoka/Accenture partnership to accelerate social impact

Ashoka and Accenture have launched the fourth Impact Programme in Belgium to strengthen the impact of social entrepreneurs actively engaged in challenges around social integration and/or employment.


Ashoka, a strategic partner of Accenture globally, is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. To make the 2018 Belgian edition even more successful, the US Embassy and Oksigen Lab are providing additional support.

Between January and May 2018, the Impact Programme will support 11 social entrepreneurs in Belgium, helping them to re-think their business plan and scale up their strategy for greater impact. A unique aspect of this programme is that it brings social entrepreneurs and the business world together for a meaningful exchange during which they learn from each other.

Coaching & seminars to scale up their strategy for greater impact

Each social entrepreneur will be matched with a business expert who will coach them on a weekly basis for four months, helping them to reflect on the professionalization of their project. During three seminars based on the “7 Key questions for social entrepreneurs” guide by Ashoka, the participants will explore impact measurement, new organizational and economic models and many other crucial topics around growing a successful social enterprise.

At the end of these four months, each entrepreneur will present a socially oriented business plan and will have the opportunity to pitch their project to a

jury that will select the most impactful project for the 2018 Impact Award.

The Impact Programme’s focus on employment is also the strategic focus of Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative that has so far equipped 1,7 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or start a business.

Meet the 11 Ashoka Impact 2018 social entrepreneurs & discover the game changing work they are doing!

  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 centers, 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 skills 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 labor market jungle without a degree or a network.

Download the  official brochure to read more about this year’s Impact Programme and participants.

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What happened to Ashoka Impact 2016 participants?

The nine social entrepreneurs who participated in the 2016 edition have made great progress with their innovative solutions for tackling unemployment and are using the knowledge their gained to achieve their mission!

Author: Magali Frankl