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ABOUT US

#CoCreateMyCity is funded by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Côte d’Ivoire and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The event will be organised by the Dutch Innovation Agency called The Next Lab in collaboration with their local partner Entrepreneurial Solutions Partner (ESP), based in Abidjan.

​​Students represent the following Ivorian universities

  • International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB)

  • Institute National Polytechnic (INPHB)

  • Université Alassane Ouattara  

All the social challenges are part of a broad ecosystem of stakeholders, including local communities, public sector and national and international organisations from the private sector and universities abroad.

 

See a detailed overview of the stakeholders on the Challenge page.  

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Dutch Enterprise Agency

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency supports entrepreneurs, NGOs, knowledge institutes and organisations. We aim to facilitate entrepreneurship, improve collaborations, strengthen positions and help realise national and international ambitions with funding, networking, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.

We are a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Its activities are commissioned by the various Dutch ministries and the European Union.

 
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The Next Lab

HANDS-ON INNOVATION ACCELERATION
 

The Next Lab helps organizations accelerate innovation; moving from challenge to relevant solution at lightning speed with a process that leaves nothing to chance. 

We help fast-forwarding impactful innovations  around the globe using a hybrid approach of online  Design Sprints hosted on a state of the art online  collaboration tool and our mobile “The Next Lab  Pop-up Labs”, enabling us to set up a design sprint  anywhere.  
 

Our Facilitators empower organisations and teams  to innovate. We act as their navigator and drive  teams through the design thinking process, starting  from a business or societal challenge to a relevant  solution.  

We are seasoned Facilitators, Change Makers, Innovators, Challengers, Specialists and Goal Getters. Together with our partners we have run 100+ successful innovation projects.

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FREDERIQUE VELDHUIS

Frederique, entrepreneurial facilitator helps companies achieve healthy growth. She inspires people to realize relevant impact from their own power and potential.

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DEBRA AURICH

As an entrepreneurial marketer, Debra moves at the intersection of strategy, marketing and innovation. She is passionate about facilitating organizations to realize their growth potential and make an impact.  

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JEROEN KRAAK

Founder The Next Lab. With 100+ Design Sprints perhaps the most experienced Sprint Facilitator in the Netherlands and surrounding areas.

 

Jeroen is an Impact First entrepreneur and innovation accelerator at heart.

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GEORGES LANDES

Georges is a social business innovator with over 10 years of experience as a Facilitator and Global Executive Trainer. He focuses on transforming mindsets and achieving goals from diversity. Of all his degrees, we think his pilot's license is the coolest.

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MARIANNE VAN DER KOOY

TBD

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ESP

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“Entrepreneurs investing in Entrepreneurs.” We believe that sustainable transformation requires an entrepreneurial approach to deploy scalable and innovation solutions to foster prosperity.

 

ESP provides Intelligent Capital—the right combination of insights and capital—to address critical societal issues. ESP is organized into distinct practice areas to realize the varied aspects of the mission namely insights, incubation and investments.

ESP is driven by 4 pillars: Humanity, Innovation, Leadership and Impact. 

 

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