17 New Business Ideas For Impact
Launch Business Model Challenge #8
Welcome 17 new entrepreneurs in a community of 240+ like minded pioneers! You embark on the mission towards a sustainable business, a path walked by 124 #impactmakers that went before you since 2008. Yesterday the participants of the 8th edition of the Business Model Challenge participants met for the first time, with their fellows and facilitators at Impact Hub Amsterdam. All share the spirit of innovation, an urge to change our current society, and see social entrepreneurship as the key asset to tackle society’s challenges of our time.
Business Modelling: Day 1
We are not in this for altruistic, charitable reasons or to improve employment in Central Africa. We believe in fostering business relations on equal footing, implying we view and treat the African tailors we work with as our equals. Africa is not all bad, it’s not just war and poverty that ‘defines’ Africa, on the contrary. If we can even slightly alter the current dominant discourse on this, then part of our mission is accomplished. – Sivan Breemhaar – Afriek | winning participant BMC#6
Participants Fall 2015
The ideas and starting business that will turn into and pivot towards proven, tested and valiable business models in the coming three months variate from roofgardens to new child transportation systems for schools to a platform that connects refugees to people with a vacant room.
Get inspired and have a look at the edition #8 participants and their social enterprising ideas:
- Eva: Sustainable production and having a green image is becoming increasingly a priority for (production) companies as well as governments. I want to develop a consulting service based on the usage of functional flora. The concept will be complementary to or can even replace (in the future) the current system and techniques in the field of air purification, water purification, climate regulation, insulation, etc
- Luuk: The city as a living environment is becoming increasingly important, especially if we take into account that currently more than 50% of the world population is living there. I want to develop a concept/product, based on bio- or fytoremediation, whereby we can reduce and/or eliminate urban pollution in a natural and ecological way.
- Rieneke: Our climate is changing, one of the clear examples of this are the heavy rain showers in the Netherlands the last couple of years. We currently see that our public space isn’t adaptive to these changes, something that needs improvement when looking at our spatial development. I would like to develop a tool or quick scan which 13 highlights the risks as well as opportunities for municipalities and the local water authorities to be prepared for future changes.
- Marc: In the Netherlands we produce quite a significant amount of waste. Currently there are about 4000 (former) landfills, isolated to prevent contact with the outside. To make these landfills relevant, and for example an opportunity for spatial development, I would like to develop an approach to valuate these landfills. Landfills may contain a lot of resources which could be valuable for other industries.
- Laura: Keet Smakelijk (Eat Green, Grow Strong) lets families eat better: after two books(circulation 30,000), an English-language app and a brand new internet platform we know that our approach is working – but to be financially healthy and continue to grow, we are looking for a new business model.
- Willem: In collaboration with the neighbourhood and other parties I would like to adapt the outside space to the requirements of this new era. I am a landscape architect.
- Serge: We are working together to achieve my personal dream; to make it possible to drink coffee ‘from their own garden’. For all three of us, it is just ‘a project on the side’ next to our other activities and/or jobs. The three of us together cover the chain from plant to cup. And we all three think and work differently. But there’s a lot of issues on the way that need to be discussed. We are not always aware of those issues, and I doubt whether we share the same ideals. We all lack some financial and legal knowledge.
- Reinout: http://www.takecarebnb.com/ is a platform that connects refugees to people with a vacant room, who want to take in a refugee for 3 months.
- Maria: School transportation system for children based on Stints – electrically driven vehicles with capacity for 10 kids.
- Yordi: In society there isso much stress and excitement,so we lose contact with each other and ourselves. The first step is to increase knowledge about what stress and burn-out impact on your body and person. At Winkeloord we want to show people how they can relax trough experiencing nature, sports and silence. We want to redesign our harbour and make it more social and sustainable.
- Mariska: In society there isso much stress and excitement,so we lose contact with each other and ourselves. The first step is to increase knowledge about what stress and burn-out impact on your body and person. At Winkeloord we want to show people how they can relax trough experiencing nature, sports and silence. We want to redesign our harbour and make it more social and sustainable.
- Esther: In society there is so much stress and excitement,so we lose contact with each other and ourselves. The first step is to increase knowledge about what stress and burn-out impact on your body and person. At Winkeloord we want to show people how they can relax trough experiencing nature, sports and silence. We want to redesign our harbour and make it more social and sustainable.
- Anne-Sophie: School soup: parents can subscribe their primary school children for a daily cup of freshly made vegetable soup at school as a very tasty and healthy addition to their lunchbox.
- Danny: Consultancy for social businesses. Social Enterprise Solutions is also an advocate of the social enterprise movement in general, creating awareness and promoting social enterprises through our messaging and encourage young people (e.g. students) to make a difference starting now. Now I need to find the right business model for my enterprise.
- Tessa: Rooflife designs and builds roof gardens and other types of green roofs. Our business focus is changing from more productional projects to consulting larger scaled projects.
- Robert Jan: Comfortable accommodation in off-grid & mobile cabins on beautiful places in Dutch nature.
- Juriaan: Data is increasingly becoming an important asset within our society, our whole ecosystem produces an abundance of all kinds of data which makes it hard for us to interpret and put action to it. I would like to develop a product which will provide our clients with a spatial data infrastructure, to help them systematically collect and analyze data in order to improve sustainable decision making. My aim is to connect existing data – from public sources as well as my own expertise within the field of water management – to client data in order to add value to the stakeholders involved.
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Facilitators Edition #8
Peter Clausman | Facilitator
Peter is the founder of School of Mavericks. School of Mavericks helps people in large organizations to make the difference, get inspired by their work and enable them to make impact from their vision and authenticity. “I believe there is much more potential in employees working in organizations, which is not reflected, not used and not seen.” Peter works with the business model canvas and the ‘lean method’ in trainings that he gives for School of Mavericks. His uniqueness? He knows how to get people in the right mindset to make impact.
Linda Stolp | Facilitator & Programme Coordinator
Linda is the coordinator of the Business Model Challenge. Linda has a lot of experience with bringing concepts and ideas into reality. In her role as coordinator of the business model challenge and her work for TEDx she has seen a lot of ideas fail or succeed. Linda loves asking critical questions and with her fearlessness she hopes to inspire the applicants to get the best out of themselves.
“Our main purpose is to help people with a distance from the labor market to find meaning in their lives again.”, shared Trudy van Oostrum, founder of fairy-fresh & friends – a local start-up that supports people to come out of social isolation through co-creating healthy food initiatives. “ As an outcome, they start using less medication and start remembering how brilliant they once were. Our organisation is a real enterprise in which employees choose their own responsibilities, working hours, working pace and where they deliver the results that they promised to deliver. They make their own money.” – Trudy van Oostrum | Knowledge in a box, participant BMC #7
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