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.
The price should not be an obstacle
We are the ones who are keen to meet social entrepreneurs. We would 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.
Oksigen Lab Coaching: Boobs-‘n-Burps
Boobs-‘n-Burps aims to encourage young mothers to opt more for breastfeeding, the most sustainable and healthy type of food for their baby.
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.
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.
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. How can we find out more about these skills? And even more importantly, how can we teach these skills and use them for ‘ordinary’ entrepreneurs and for society as a whole? SELUSI was created in response to these questions.
From start to launch in four steps
Our tried and tested, result-oriented method has already helped dozens of social entrepreneurs. We also ensure that our approach remains sufficiently flexible, in line with the entrepreneur’s needs.
Oksigen Lab Coaching: BeeOdiversity
BeeOdiversity was set up in 2012 by four students on the Executive Master in Management programme at Solvay. This project aims to maintain and improve bio- and food diversity. Behind the initiative is Dr Bach Kim Nguyen, a specialist in bees and biodiversity.
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.
Open Veld is a positive alternative to high-energy food production, in which food is produced locally and farmer and consumer share the harvest risks and returns.
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?
Ecopower aims to offer citizens the possibility to invest in local and eco-friendly energy production and supply.
Mobile School works around the world to ensure that street children receive an education and develop a positive self-image.
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.
Oksigen Lab Coaching: Le salon des femmes
Le salon des femmes offers a beauty treatment for women in precarious situations, combined with support for social reintegration.
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.
Want to combine entrepreneurship and social impact?
We help entrepreneurs who – like us – believe you can take an entrepreneurial approach to tackling societal challenges.
FitClass aims to help people - especially young people and those in their 50s or older - to enjoy fun and inspiring movement as a preventive health tool. FitClass supports a healthy lifestyle through regular, joint, responsible exercise. This formula is made very accessible for both schools and the local community.
BENISI: 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.
Close the Gap - WordLoop
While Close the Gap focuses on access to Internet and PC literacy in developing countries, WorldLoop focuses on tackling the e-waste issue in these regions.
Oksigen Lab Coaching: 1Toit2Ages
1Toit2Ages is a Belgian organization promoting intergenerational home sharing. Young and elderly under one roof: an answer to different societal needs.
Benisi: scale up your social enterprise!
What can Benisi bring to you and what can you bring to Benisi?
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?
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.
Oksigen lab coaching: Susta
Susta is a matchmaker between conscious consumers and sustainable suppliers in Antwerp.
Oksigen Lab Coaching: Symbiosis
Symbiosis derives from the Ancient Greek language: ‘sym’ means together, and ‘biosis’ means living. This non-profit is developing an innovative housing concept based on autonomy, involvement and group dynamics for people in the second half of life.
SEFORÏS: Social enterprises and their role in creating more inclusive societies
The consortium of SEFORÏS investigates the potential of social enterprise in the EU and beyond to enhance the inclusiveness of societies through greater stakeholder engagement.
Oksigen Lab Coaching: Cross the Bridge
Cross the Bridge guides and accompanies managers interested in investing their skills in the social area. The company wants to provide a bridge between the traditional and social economy.