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greenlab.brussels is much more than a business accelerator driven by hub.brussels. It is an entrepreneurial philosophy that guides candidate entrepreneurs in the realization of a sustainable project. Since its creation in 2012, greenlab.brussels has supported hundreds of project leaders driven by the desire to have a positive impact on the environment. Together, these companies form a new generation: the greenlab.brussels generation.
26 candidate-entrepreneurs joined greenlab.brussels in 2019. The accelerator gives them the keys, step by step, to transform their idea into an environmentally friendly project, economically viable and job holder.
“ One out of two projects supported by greenlab.brussels gives birth to a startup”, Explain Didier Gosuin, Brussels Minister for the Economy .
Supervised by experts in circular economy and as an accompaniment, including ICHEC-PME and hub.brussels, participants benefited from 80 hours of workshops on sustainable entrepreneurship , 100 hours of coaching and 100 hours of expertise.
" Knowing that we can have the service of experts reassures us, whether in relation to recruitment, innovation, etc. we feel framed ", explain Nahla El Mernissi and her husband. their business Enprobel , which specializes in the collection of used oils, won the greenlab prize for the previous season. Today, Enprobel has more than 150 customers in Brussels alone and has recycled 210 tons of used oils in 2018.
Isabelle Grippa, CEO of hub.brussels, is delighted. “ These entrepreneurs perfectly embody this new generation that creates an economic activity for its social and environmental impact. There are obviously a lot of constraints and greenlab.brussels allows you to approach them with confidence. »
For the first time since the creation of greenlab.brussels, candidates in their thirties are in the majority, with 48% of requests submitted against 41% of requests from 21-30 year olds, the age group previously most represented in the accelerator. If 55% of participants are professionally active , 33% are looking for a job and 3% are still studying. Finally, statistics show that this year again, women are in the majority with 52% of participants.
Several startups from greenlab.brussels have carried out a crowdfunding campaign at different stages of their development. This season, greenlab.brussels has welcomed a new partner, growfunding-bxl , the local and societal crowdfunding platform , which was actively involved in the program, particularly in the 'pitch and financing' module.
Another novelty: greenlab.brussels has recorded an increase in the number of technological projects. A module dedicated to prototyping now helps entrepreneurs develop their first prototype and encourages them to test their idea in the field.
greenlab.brussels is one of the measures of PREC , Regional circular economy program of the Brussels Region. It is coordinated by hub.brussels and supported by the Triodos Bank , the business angel network Be Angels , greenbizz.brussels and growfunding-bxl .
Source: Hub article: Generation greenlab: green and social enterprises
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