Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship means having a profitable business that seeks to have social impact. I believe social business is a more sustainable alternative for development aid (although aid might still be necessary as well, depending on the theme and context). For social business ideas in which I was the (co)developer or manager I have been involved from the very beginning into the final details, and from theory to practice. I am particularly good at networking and engaging partners in the projects.

“Every time we discuss our social business to-be, I see new ways and opportunities.” Sabine Linz, Wonder

Year Client Summary
2018 La League What? Coordinated social start-up La League: Girls’ Empowerment through Soccer with a specific focus on girls’ talent building and employment. I was leading the partnership (Plan in the Netherlands, Brazil and Nicaragua together with Women Win and Cruyff Foundation) as well as the team. Besides, I’ve developed the strategy and methodology as well as concrete activities and a plan for measuring impact during the pilot – based on the Lean Startup. Result: The first reactions on the handbook I wrote: “Girls are much more motivated than before, they are more engaged and eager to learn.”
2018 Crosswise Works What? Conducted a workshop practical use of Theory of Change – in which we discussed the best strategies for supporting social entrepreneurs in developing countries.
2017- 2018 MyJorley What? My Jorley is a social enterprise, using serious gaming to advance healthy sexual behaviour among youth, in Ghana and beyond. I was working on project development and fundraising.
2015 – 2017 De Verhalenmakers What? Co-founded social start-up De Verhalenmakers – a free online platform for local stories that aims for connection and a better understanding between writers and readers. In the day-to-day management, I was responsible for: policy development, acquisition, communications and community management (on and offline). Result: Our online community consists of 8,000 readers and >100 writers who wrote >400 stories. In addition, we’ve developed tools to make writing simple and fun.
2016 Healthy Entrepreneurs What? Supported in developing and writing proposals on implementing HE’s social business model: training and equipping community health entrepreneurs in remote rural areas in several African countries.
2015 Services for Private Initiatives What? Co-developed possible business models and a survey among 350 private initiatives to be able to provide training and coaching services they need. In an expert meeting we have engaged almost 20 organisations to develop a joint plan. Result: Idea was taken further by established ngos.
2014 – ongoing FRIS Collective What? Initiated Freelancers in Internationale Samenwerking (FRIS) is a collective of around 20 freelancers in development cooperation and social business. We serve clients by working in teams that combine different expertise to get the job done. Result: Several clients have chosen to work with teams from FRIS Collective freelancers.
2015 Biocomp What? Quick Scan fundraising opportunities for  social business on organic compost in Nepal.
2015 Dream Jobs What? Advised in the development of a manual on job coaching though crowdsourcing as part of a new start-up at the Netherlands Antilles. Result: (Work in progress)
2014 ICS What? Designed a concept note for USAID and 1-pagers for investors on agri-social businesses (inputs, maize-wholesale and Warehouse Receipt System) in Kenya and Tanzania.
2012-2014 Pimp My Village What? Co-developed Charity meets Business activities under the Best of Both Worlds programme for diaspora’s private initiatives, including matchmaking, capacity-building and innovative fundraising and financing, most notably crowdfunding.
2014 Diaspora Forum for Development What? Co-developed a programme on SME Development involving diaspora entrepreneurs. Result: The proposal met all criteria, but was rejected during the final selection.
2013/14 Wonder What? Advised on the development of a social business and designed of a Crowdfunding plan for Smiles4Sale. Result: Smiles4Sale is up and running.
2013/14 RuralWeb What? RuralWeb is a kind of Wikipedia where people can create, share and improve information about ICT and entrepreneurship – for and by people from developing countries. I managed the social start-up by building an online community with participants from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin-America and motivated people to share their expertise (crowdsourcing). Result: We realised to crowdsource information on start-up finance for and by African entrepreneurs from a.o. Ghana and Nigeria using Wikiversity. Currently, two RuralWeb local partners continue working on their business plan co-developed with RuralWeb, and RuralWeb continues as a volunteer organisation.
2012 WO=MEN What? Led a panel discussion on women entrepreneurship in developing countries at a mini-conference for (international) students from the University of Maastricht and the Haagse Hogeschool together with: Saskia Vossenberg.
2012 Kidsbijdeburen What? Co-established a pilot project Kidsbijdeburen in Haarlem-Noord. Result: An initial meeting with 10 enthusiast parents in Haarlem. Unfortunately, the initiator concluded that the business model was not feasible.
2012 Questel-bronQ What? Advised on income generation and communication concerning the start of an eco-lodge in Cabo Verde. Result: Questel-bronQ is up and running.
2012 IZERE What? Developed proposals on business development in Burundi, i.e. environmentally-friendly and innovative brick factory with local raw materials by locally trained youth, for rebuilding houses after the civil war.; and a farmers’ cooperative for economic growth, poverty reduction and self-reliance.
Training and expertise in Social Business:

  • Participant Present your StartUp  – accelerator program for start-ups. Several business experts supported our Verhalenmakers’ business plan (2016)!
  • Blog: Sociaal ondernemer kan zonder westers kapitaal
  • Participant Summer School Social Business: Improving RuralWeb’s social business plan with practical tools, expertise and network (NCDO, EY, Inversteerdersclub, BIDNetwork, 2013)
  • Member working group Sustainable Economic Development at WO=MEN:  a group of professionals working on gender and economic development (since 2011).