Impact Programme 2023

Ashoka Belgium, in collaboration with ABN AMRO Private Banking Belgium and Accenture Belux launched earlier this year the 7th edition of the Impact Programme, an accelerator for social entrepreneurs working in the field of Climate Change and Circular Economy! 

This year’s cohort consisted of the following 10 Social Entrepreneurs and their organisations: 

Thomas de Groote - River Clean-up

Laurence Claerhout - LinkedFarm

Jan Christiaens & Ine Bosmans - The Cycling School

Gaylord Rouikine - BLED

Laetitia Cloostermans - Less Beton

Bruno van Steenberghe - Kalani

Pierre-Alexandre Klein - Trois Tiers

Anton Maertens - BC Materials

Nicolas Spineux - Copains des Bois

Alain Boribon - Citizenfund

Impact Programme final event - group picture

What is the Impact Programme?

The Impact Programme 2023: “Scaling Systemic Change for People and Planet” is an opportunity for 10 select entrepreneurs, working on issues of climate change and/or circularity to build a strategy to scale their impact. Participants will participate in 4 professional seminars, receive weekly, personalized coaching (from Accenture and ABN AMRO), be part of the public final pitch event and co-creation opportunities between April to November 2023. The aim of the programme is to help these entrepreneurs strengthen their scaling strategies and expand their networks.    


What did social entrepreneurs gain from this?  

The Impact Programme supported a social entrepreneur to develop their organization’s scaling strategy, rethink their business model, gain visibility and build new relationships with public, private and non-governmental actors.   


At the end of the Programme three awards were given:   

The Scaling-up Award: The winner received 100 staff days of consulting support to help them continue working on their scaling plans.   

The Ready to Invest Award: The winner will be prepared to present their solutions to investor rounds organized and facilitated by ABN AMRO   

The Public Choice Award: For the most popular solution decided through a public vote. A special award (tba) was provided to the winner of this category.  


The selection criteria are the following:

  • Be operational since minimum 1 year (non-profit or for-profit structure)  
  • Be active in Belgium or having concrete plans to scale activities to Belgium  
  • Have proven environmental/social impact in Belgium and/or beyond  
  • Have created an innovative product, service or way of working with environmental/social impact  
  • Be Changemakers with motivated team with at least 1 leader available for 1 day per week to follow the programme (April 2023-November 2023)  
  • Have a functioning economic model  



Congratulations everyone!  

Find more information about the Programme here.