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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.

The Conference

Business models and the economy are changing! Are you?

Share experiences at this conference!

The conferentie takes place in Dutch, is free of charge and open to the public.

The speakers at our main conference are well-known entrepreneurs, stakeholders from the circular en social economy.
They will be asked: "What are the innovative tools and models for social entrepreneurship? What drives you ? What are your challenges for the future?”

Anyone in for social, positive entrepreneurship?

New business models require new skills from young starters, as well as inter-disciplinary approaches. A talent for collaboration is needed. Innovative and viable business ideas are more likely to arise from technical, scientific and creative debates.

Tuesday 21st April 2015
UGent - Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Tweekerkenstraat 2 B-9000 Gent

18.00 : Welcome & Badging

You can pick up your badge at the Welcome Desk.

18.30 : Conference “Business models and the economy are changing! Are you?”

Welcome speech:

Marc De Clercq - Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business in Ghent
Nora De Herdt - Coordinator of Inspiration Days


Peter Wollaert - Fellow UNITAR / General Manager Antwerp- ITCCO

Introduction to the thematic:

Caroline Godts - Knowledge Manager of Sociale Innovatie Fabriek

The key speakers:

Peter Leyman - CEO of RYHOVE

Jiska Verhulst - Network Director & Spokesperson of PLAN-C

Ge Moonen - Founder & CEO of MOONEN PACKAGING

19:45 Networking Drink

A unique networking time accompanied by sustainable food & drinks with all the current and future key-actors of societal entrepreneurship.

The project could be realized thanks to the contribution of our partners:
Agence pour l’entreprise et l’innovation - Social Innovatiefabriek - Plan C -
Ecocup - Ethiquable - BCDE Catering - Café Liégeois - Beer Project - Mongozo - Curtius


Peter Wollaert - Fellow UNITAR / General Manager Antwerp- ITCCO

From 2000 to 2011, Peter Wollaert was General Manager of KAURI, the Belgian multi-stakeholder network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Since 2013 he is Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and General Manager of Antwerp-ITCCO, a UNITAR affiliated training centre on CSR & Social Business in Antwerp.

More info about UNITAR and Antwerp-ITCCO

Caroline Godts - Knowledge Manager of Sociale Innovatiefabriek

Caroline Godts is the Process Manager of « Sociale InnovatieFabriek », a Flemish organization that promotes, encourages and facilitates social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Flanders and Brussels. "Sociale Innovatie Fabriek" 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 Innovatie Fabriek

Peter Leyman - CEO of RYHOVE

After a career as CEO of Volvo Cars Gent, and some shorter passages in politics, at Vergokan and employers Voka, Peter Leyman is since 2013, the CEO of Ryhove. Ryhove is a preferred partner in the social economy for many companies thanks to the perfect symbiosis between quality and quantity. Ryhove organization wants to provide a suitable and permanent employment to people with disabilities in the Ghent area.

More info about RYHOVE

Jiska Verhulst - Network Director & Spokesperson of PLAN-C

Plan C is the Flemish transition network for sustainable materials management. Individuals, businesses, consumers, government agencies, academic institutions and social organizations are working together on an economy and society that deals with materials in a sustainable manner.

More info about PLAN-C

Gé Moonen - Founder & CEO of MOONEN PACKAGING

Moonen Packaging was founded in 1955 by Gé Moonen. Moonen Packaging has become an innovative packaging specialist. We help in the design, management and distribution of food and non-food packaging, packaging materials, hygiene products and disposables. Meanwhile, you can choose from 10,000+ different articles. We take daily to customers throughout Europe, mainly in the retail, food, hospitality and manufacturing.

More info about MOONEN PACKAGING

Eventbrite - Inspiration Days Conferentie 2015 - UGent