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Saying goodbye to 2020

Even though it’s been a demanding year in many respects, I’m gratefully looking back at 2020. Covid-19 couldn’t stop the enthusiastic impact-driven creative/social entrepreneurs and innovators that I met during my courses, masterclasses, projects, advisory work.

Like Stijn van Kreij of Butterfly Effect NLCristina Pojoga and colleagues at Consolid8 Crowdfunding in Romania, Joeri van de RietBuurtgids, ‘Happy Soups’ students at CityLab Haarlem, Hogeschool Inholland / Inholland University of Applied SciencesJeanita BerkhoutEphrem Tesfay and all the other pioneers in the Life Long Living program, Nikolett Madai, the team of ResortecsAlina Bassi of Kleiderly and the other semi-finalists of the European Social Innovation CompetitionFrank Wolff and Josje SchonagenStichting Drop-InnOkrah Donkor at TripleThreat, Astrid Clemens and Helen Couwenberg, Het Stadsparadijs, and the innovative students at 3ID LABSArteveldehogeschool.

And all the others, colleagues, partners, clients like Peggy van SchijndelJanneke VervloedBen KaelenJoris van BallegooijenRonald KleverlaanNiels Bosma and Utrecht University team, Karel VanderpoortenWolfgang Spiess-KnaflMyrna WiggersDidi SpieksmaSander Limonard and my former colleagues at Kennisland. I could go on…

Thanks for all the inspiring moments! Let’s keep up the Spirit in 2021!

End of Summer update

Even though COVID-19 is still around very prominently, I am cautiously re-starting group activities and courses:

  • Early next month, I’ll guide a group of local social initiatives from the greater Amsterdam area through their options for promising funding strategies.
  • I’ll also give a masterclass on next level sponsoring for local NGOs and social enterprises.
  • I’m starting up a new project in the southern Dutch province of Brabant, aimed at the development of some sort of standardized funding toolkit for social and community enterprises.
  • And I have good hopes that I’ll be able to deliver the postponed masterclass on participatory grantmaking in October.

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a lot of online sessions with many great social enterprises from all over Europe within the frameworks of the EaSI TA Program and the European Social Innovation Competition. It was not just great fun to do, but also deeply necessary. Even though there is an abundance of funding opportunities, getting early-stage social enterprises properly financed is still a challenge throughout Europe.