Social challenge - Demographics: the world is turning faster and faster
Global population patterns are changing fast due to factors such as migration and population ageing. As a result, new needs are arising that the traditional formulas do not satisfy.
Social challenges - Community: no man (or woman) is an island
In barely half a century, we have moved in Europe from a society in which family was the cornerstone to a collection of individuals with few bonds or commitments to link them together. A reaction against this is now taking place, with an emphasis on more community, more cooperation and – why not? – more dreams.
Promoting social entrepreneurship and social innovation
We are extensively involved in international research into social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Our goal is to be an ambitious, world-class knowledge centre.
SEFORÏS: Social enterprises and their role in creating more inclusive societies
1 out of 4 new enterprises set up every year is a social business. Seforïs researches their role and impact in society.
SELUSI: What social entrepreneurs can teach us
17% more innovation in social businesses than in their traditional counterparts! Social entrepreneurs have special skills that make them ideally suited to furthering innovation.
Meet Your Buyer
On Friday 26th of September, the city of Gent will organise the networkingevent “Meet Your Buyer” in the ICC venue in Gent city center from 14-17. Oksigen Lab is proud to be a partner of this event and will participate to spread the word on Social innovation & Entrepreneurship. We invite all social innovative entrepreneurs to join in on this afternoon filled with networking and business opportunities.
Examples of our coaching - BeeOdiversity: bees in the service of biodiversity
BeeOdiversity was set up in 2012 by four students on the Executive Master in Management programme at Solvay. Behind the initiative is Dr Bach Kim Nguyen, a specialist in bees and biodiversity.
Want to combine entrepreneurship and social impact?
We help entrepreneurs who – like us – believe you can take an entrepreneurial approach to tackling societal challenges. Are you an aspiring social entrepreneur with a powerful idea? A non-profit looking for a socially profitable model? Or do you want to boost the social impact of your business? Are you already active on the market and looking to grow? We can help you to strengthen, speed the growth of or even internationalise your social business. We will support you with practical advice, training and coaching throughout the process, from concept to launch or the securing of financing.
About OKSIGEN ecosystem
Oksigen for social entrepreneurship is a unique ecosystem – in Belgium and Europe – aiming to provide "oxygen" to social entrepreneurship. Through a “one stop shop” the Oksigen ecosystem provides financing, incubation & coaching services, research and consultancy to entrepreneurs with social and/or environmental ambitions.
Mapping social businesses in Belgium
Research project for the King Baudouin Foundation. Belgium is toiling under an enormous burden of debt, and government cuts have been essential. Meanwhile, though, the figures for poverty and unemployment are spiralling. How can we maintain social cohesion in society at a time when budgets have shrunk?
Social challenges - Poverty: hand-outs don’t help
As a result of the financial crisis, rather than decreasing, poverty is on the rise. Not just in the developing countries, but closer to home too. Poverty is not an isolated fact, but a complex phenomenon that affects all aspects of life.
Are you a social entrepreneur?
Social innovation takes place at many different levels of society: it is not the preserve of one specific group of people or organisations. However, research has shown that entrepreneurs belonging to the ‘social entrepreneur’ niche have specific qualities that distinguish them from their ‘mainstream’ counterparts. What are these characteristics?
What is a social business?
Opinions differ on the definition of a social business and of social innovation. However, there are a number of clear characteristics that distinguish them from mainstream businesses.
Social challenges - Health and well-being: breaking the vicious circle
How can we provide welfare and healthcare to the world’s fast-growing population? Globalisation makes it easier for innovative initiatives in one country to serve as a model for other countries.
Social challenges - The environment: definitely in my backyard!
Climate change, declining biodiversity, shortages of drinking water, increasing famine … We humans have treated our planet irresponsibly, and are now facing the consequences. New models rely on principles such as recycling, sustainability and local product chains.
The price should not be an obstacle
We’re the ones who are keen to meet social entrepreneurs. We’ll be delighted to invite you to an initial meeting to take a close look at your idea for a social business. Initial exploratory meeting: free of charge. At no obligation and at our cost – no strings attached and no small print.
The quest for 300 social innovations in Europe
Social innovation can be defined as a new product, service or model that responds to a societal need and that creates new social relations or forms of collaboration. Social innovations are not just important for specific new solutions for societal needs, but also have an impact on society’s capacity to innovate.