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Positive Entrepreneurs

Who We Are

Positive Entrepreneurs Network, created in 2010 by entrepreneurs with the support of Poseco, is the Belgian network of social entrepreneurs. Positive Entrepreneurs are empowering people who base their core business on human, social and ecological values.

What We Do

Connecting social entrepreneurs with eachother and with key stakeholders helping to create economic opportunities. We also inspire entrepreneurs, universities and political authorities for this innovative entrepreneurship.

Why We Do It

To strengthen social entrepreneurs themselves and to develop the movement of social entrepreneurship in Belgium. More social entrepreneurs means more social impact to create a better world.

Workshops "Tools & Support"

The interactive workshops in the afternoon are in French and free of charge.

These workshops will start at 15:45.

The objective of the workshops "Tools & support for social entrepreneurs" is to meet and interact with organisations supporting entrepreneurs.
As social entrepreneurship is developing strongly in Belgium, several key actors are active to develop this innovative entrepreneurship.

The workshops are led by experts in the field of social entrepreneurship.

The topics of each workshop :

TOPIC A:"Co-working space hosting & innovation lab"

TOPIC B:"Stimulator of new Business Models"

TOPIC C:"Finance - The implementation of Social Impact Bonds in Brussels"

TOPIC D:"A coaching service for starting a business"

TOPIC E:"Interactive session on cooperatives"

Workshop A - Co-working space hosting & innovation lab
(in French)

Anis Bedda - Cofounder and Transformer In Chief at Transforma Bxl


The concept of coworking is growing exponentially in Belgium. Coworking allows mainly to bring together expertise and create a real community. An ideal location for startups.

Anis Bedda is the co-founder of Transforma Bxl, the new Co-working space hosting in Brussels. Transforma Bxl wants to develop a stimulating environment for innovation for entrepreneurs and creative people. Anis is also the co-organizer of the international conference on entrepreneurship:

More info about TRANSFORMA

WORKSHOP B - Stimulator of new Business Models
(in French)

Caroline Godts - Knowledge Manager of Sociale Innovatie Fabriek

Caroline Godts is the Knowledge Manager of « Sociale Innovatie Fabriek », a Flemish organization that promotes, encourages and facilitates social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Flanders and Brussels. "Sociale InnovatieFabriek" focuses on major social challenges such as poverty, climate change, loneliness and urbanization. Both associations and companies can use "Sociale InnovatieFabriek" to refine their concepts, seek or provide expertise, expand their network, as well as having access to finance for social innovation projects.

More info about Sociale InnovatieFabriek

WORKSHOP C - Finance : The implementation of Social Impact Bonds in Brussels.An innovative financing mechanism.
(in French)

Stéphane Laloux - Advisor for the CEO at Actiris
& Thomas Dermine - Consultant for the SIB projet


Imagine for example SIB’s being used in Brussels to re-engage disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 24 in education or training, to improve their employability and reduce their longer-term dependency on benefits. To prevent them from becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Highly trained coaches in schools could identify and support 14 to 17 year olds at risk of becoming NEET. Coaches could provide a single point of contact for the young people for tailored, personal guidance and effective connections to employment opportunities. How would such operation be put in place? The workshop gives some answers.

(PNG) The first-ever SIB in Belgium are an initiative of Actiris, “DUO for a Job” and Kois Invest. SIBs work according to a “pay-for-success” mechanism. Private investors finance preventive intervention programs developed by a social service provider and the government pays back the investors only if the program succeeds. The payments are a function of the government’s cost savings and/or extra revenues generated by the program. As a key advantage, SIBs shift risks away from the government to the private investors. A SIB can be a good platform to launch innovative social interventions.

More info about Actiris

WORKSHOP D - A coaching service for starting a business
(in French)

Alexandre Bertrand - Consultant at Village Partenaire

The Village Partenaire is part of the network of business centers in the Brussels Capital. The Village Patenaire wants to support the local private initiative by hosting and support for start-ups (<3 years) but also confirmed companies (> 3 years). The company opened the local economy wicket in Saint-Gilles in order to help the (future) Brussels entrepreneurs to create and / or expand their business. The Village Partenaire is also a team of experts to advise you on sustainable entrepreneurship ...

More info about Village Partenaire

WORKSHOP E - Interactive session on cooperatives.
Are you a coopstarter ? Let’s quiz it!
(in French)

Carol Van De Maele & Sébastien Borguet - Advisors for FEBECOOP

Self-produce renewable energy rather than argue against nuclear power? Grow organic vegetables instead of criticizing the traditional farmer? Dream together and collaborate to start up a company?

Do you know that cooperative enterprises are now more than ever the business model of the future? Maybe you are a (future) coopstarter but you just don’t know it yet. Let’s verify it during this workshop.

(PNG) Febecoop agence conseil is a consulting agency dedicated to social economy and cooperatives in Wallonia and Brussels. Since more than 20 years, the agency supports the development of new social economy projects and strengthens existing enterprises, cooperatives for the greater part. Its goals? To defend, promote and disseminate the co-operative model. This session is proposed with the support of Lifelong Learning Programme.

More info about FEBECOOP

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Eventbrite - Inspiration Days Workshops 2015 - Solvay