The Impact House is a dynamic hub dedicated to changemakers, people eager to tackle pressing social and environmental challenges through entrepreneurship. It’s a meeting point for everyone who dares to question the status quo and pursues a durable societal impact.
The Impact House is built on the conviction that the biggest societal impact can be created when non-profit and for-profit strengthen each other. The time has come to leave behind the traditional distinction between social and economic. We should evolve to a model where these worlds reach out with the common goal to shape a better future. We believe business should be a force for positive social and environmental innovation. If we work together on all levels and think long term, we can achieve sustainable impact.
In the Impact House social entrepreneurs, supporting organizations, impact investors, inclusive corporates and civil society come together. It’s a place where people are inspired, new collaborations grow and innovative solutions are co-created. It’s a small but ambitious co-working, meeting and event space with positive societal impact at its core.
A personal growth training in his family company Colruyt and the book ‘How to Change the World?’ of David Bornstein were key milestones in the life and career of Piet Colruyt. He realized he could and wanted to put his background and experience at the service of social entrepreneurs who combined the best of both worlds: a healthy business model and societal impact. Apart from an entrepreneur, Piet is foremost the impact investor who fully believes you really can reconcile the three P’s: people, planet and profit.
These organisations can be found in the Impact House…
Within impact capital we believe in social entrepreneurship. Since social entrepreneurs are only focused on solving the most pressing societal issues, they are always 5 years ahead in finding innovative solutions. To scale their system changing innovations, they need specific financial and non-financial support. They need an impact focused ecosystem. Impact Capital wants to build this in Belgium.
Ashoka is the world’s largest global network of social entrepreneurs addressing society’s most pressing problems. Its mission is to identify, connect and support these changemakers to accelerate social innovation and trigger systemic change.
Oya Seed supports social entrepreneurs, who have the attitude and potential to be disruptive and change the system, by providing capital and access to a wide network of professionals to develop their initiative and build their impact at the beginning of their journey.
Through a transparent crowdfunding platform, LITA.co connects individuals wishing to give a sense of purpose to their money and companies that have a demonstrable positive impact on our society and strong economic potential.
SI2 Fund is an investment fund for businesses with an integrated impact/business model. By deploying human and financial capital plus business and investment expertise, SI2 Fund helps them achieve a sustainable impact alongside a fair financial return.
Engagement International supports investors to be active responsible owners by encouraging the companies they invest in to tackle their material environmental, social and governance issues.
Solentra is specialized in mental health care for refugee and migrant children. It offers diagnostic and therapeutic support and strives to make psychologic care more accessible and efficient through interventions, trainings and research.
Shaerpa provides management services to impact investment funds. Shaerpa selects, screens and invests in enterprises that combine a high societal value with a for-profit business model. Measuring and managing impact is at the core of its work.
SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. SEED supports green and social enterprises with business support and grants, and develops activities that help build the ecosystem within which these enterprises operate.
ECPAT Belgium is an organization dedicated to the fight against child sexual exploitation. Its work is grounded on three pillars: prevention, listening to children’s voices and mobilization of civil society and decision makers.
KIYO empowers children and youth to take charge of their lives and realise their rights. Together with its partners, KIYO strenghtens life and technical skills of children and youth. This enables them to bring about positive individual and societal change as global citizens.
Eoly the renewable-energy producer of Colruyt Group. We generate our electricity using wind turbines, solar panels and cogeneration. For our production we rely on proven technologies. At the same time we are experimenting with innovative technologies such as hydrogen. So we are preparing for the future.
Climate case is a democratic and collective action of citizens who want to force the Belgian authorities to fulfil their climate promises. The court case was started in 2014 by the non-profit association Climate Case (Klimaatzaak) and in the meantime 58586 Belgians joined as co- claimants.
iPropeller offers boutique strategy consulting services to organizations which are eager to develop innovative solutions to tough social and environmental challenges. Solutions from which both organization and society benefit.