The Impact House opens its doors

Oksigen Lab recently became a proud tenant of the Impact House. At the end of this warm August, this new hub for societal impact officially opened its doors.

 

On Friday the 31st of August, the Impact House opened its doors.

The Impact House is an initiative by Piet Colruyt. It strives to become the Belgian hub dedicated to all actors who want to have a positive impact on society. The house currently accommodates the impact crowdfunding platform LITA.co, the global network of social entrepreneurs Ashoka, as well as the Oksigen ecosystem. The Oksigen ecosystem in its turn consists of a leading societal impact consultancy in the Benelux iPropeller, the European impact investment fund SI2Fund and, of course, our impact enterprise accelerator, Oksigen Lab.

Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, neighbors, friends, family – basically all people curious about our new hub – were invited to discover the co-working spaces, event rooms and the tenant organizations. Visitors could also spoon a scoop of freshly made ice cream and have a taste of the societal impact world by attending one of many workshops.

For this special occasion, Oksigen Lab organized a workshop about scaling an impact enterprise. We gave the floor to Nicolas de Borman, founder and CEO of Bluesquare and, later that afternoon, to Patrick Somerhausen, CEO of Funds for Good. Our inspiring guests gave first-hand insight into the scaling journey of their impact enterprise. They openly shared their experience, highlighting both the successes ànd the challenges. As Patrick Somerhausen eloquently put: “It is like doing a marathon. You need to find financing, which is not easy at all. And when you get financing, you basically only have your marathon shoes. That is not enough. It still takes effort. It is not a sprint, but a long run.”  Luckily, we had the opportunity on Friday to learn a thing or two from those who ran the scaling track before.

It is safe to say the open doors day has been a big success, the first of many great initiatives to come within the Impact House walls. So, stay tuned…

Want to find out more about the Impact House? L’Echo interviewed the founder Piet Colruyt. You can read the article here.

< 5 September 2018 >

The Impact House opens its doors

Oksigen Lab recently became a proud tenant of the Impact House. At the end of this warm August, this new hub for societal impact officially opened its doors.

 

On Friday the 31st of August, the Impact House opened its doors.

The Impact House is an initiative by Piet Colruyt. It strives to become the Belgian hub dedicated to all actors who want to have a positive impact on society. The house currently accommodates the impact crowdfunding platform LITA.co, the global network of social entrepreneurs Ashoka, as well as the Oksigen ecosystem. The Oksigen ecosystem in its turn consists of a leading societal impact consultancy in the Benelux iPropeller, the European impact investment fund SI2Fund and, of course, our impact enterprise accelerator, Oksigen Lab.

Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, neighbors, friends, family – basically all people curious about our new hub – were invited to discover the co-working spaces, event rooms and the tenant organizations. Visitors could also spoon a scoop of freshly made ice cream and have a taste of the societal impact world by attending one of many workshops.

For this special occasion, Oksigen Lab organized a workshop about scaling an impact enterprise. We gave the floor to Nicolas de Borman, founder and CEO of Bluesquare and, later that afternoon, to Patrick Somerhausen, CEO of Funds for Good. Our inspiring guests gave first-hand insight into the scaling journey of their impact enterprise. They openly shared their experience, highlighting both the successes ànd the challenges. As Patrick Somerhausen eloquently put: “It is like doing a marathon. You need to find financing, which is not easy at all. And when you get financing, you basically only have your marathon shoes. That is not enough. It still takes effort. It is not a sprint, but a long run.”  Luckily, we had the opportunity on Friday to learn a thing or two from those who ran the scaling track before.

It is safe to say the open doors day has been a big success, the first of many great initiatives to come within the Impact House walls. So, stay tuned…

Want to find out more about the Impact House? L’Echo interviewed the founder Piet Colruyt. You can read the article here.

< 5 September 2018 >