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Use Inclusive Design
to Tackle Complex Challenges with Your Impact Business


A 5 week programme brought to you by Impact Shakers & iDROPS.

Apply now to be a part of the first cohort that starts on March 2nd!

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


Learn how to use inclusive design to tackle complex challenges with your business

5 weeks - Starts March 2nd - Early Bird Launch pricing 149€ (excl VAT) until Jan 15th- (full price 199€ excl VAT)

The world we live in has become increasingly complex. The challenges we face demand us to think and build differently. By analyzing complexity and the systems that power it, our goal is to help you build impact businesses tackling societal and environmental challenges through a design framework centered on inclusivity. 

In a 5-step process, we will guide you from initial practical and theoretical research, problem discovery, and ideation to your first prototype and testing of your solution. In the process, you will research and understand your problem space in-depth, map the existing solutions, and empathise with all those who will be impacted by your business. We will make you question the impact of your idea at every step in the process and provide you with tools and techniques to keep inclusivity core to your impact.  

By asking hard questions during this first step of business building, we will build inclusion into the heart of your design processes. The design of your products and services can also change real-life behaviour, which is why inclusion deserves to be at the center of design, embracing it in all its complexity.

What you will learn

  • A framework to apply an inclusive perspective to designing products and services  from a research phase to prototyping and testing

  • Understand key principles for designing for complexity and how to analyse complexity?

  • Methods, tools, and techniques to create products and services from an inclusive societal point of view

  • Practical ways of including ethical considerations in your product and service development

  • Concrete tools and tips to design for inclusion

What you will get

  • Access to exclusive content. We've designed this programme to inspire, instruct, and engage.

  • Access to Tools, techniques and examples at every step of the design process

  • Meet new people. Your fellow students are as motivated as you are to master what we're exploring here

  • Get results. As you dive into the course content and meet the community, you're on a path of mastery. While it's not necessarily easy, the transformation we'll get together matters.

Access an online curriculum delivered through weekly classes led by experts with case studies, curated content and tools to explore alongside. Join a growing peer-to-peer network of fellow founders seeking alternative design methods as well.


First cohort starts March 2nd

What to expect?

  • A comprehensive framework from the theoretical basics to prototyping and testing

  • A hands-on 5-step process for designing your business for inclusive impact 

  • A systemic approach to build a business in an empathetic and inclusive way


Who's it for?

  • Do you have a business idea or an early stage business that aims to tackle a complex societal or environmental challenge?

  • Do you want to dive deep into this challenge in a methodical way? 

  • Do you want to design products and services that build inclusion into it as an essential layer?

  • Do you want to design your business by taking into account your impact on the system at every step?

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Upcoming Event

Ask any question you might have about the programme.

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Use Inclusive Design to Tackle Complex Challenges with Your Impact Business Q & A

Jan 12th at 17h CET


Meet Your Instructors


Founder & CEO Impact Shakers

Yonca Braeckman is the founder & CEO of Impact Shakers, a global impact ecosystem tackling complex societal challenges through inclusive entrepreneurship. She is a mission-driven entrepreneur and investor in underrepresented founder. She helped build the Belgian and European tech startup ecosystems and as a mentor at SXSW, Slush Tokyo, General Assembly, Village Capital, Shapers Impact Capital and startup programs across the globe, she guided many startups on their first steps abroad. She built a new smart city hub in Ghent, Belgium, with an in-house acceleration program called Watt Factory. She serves on the board of different non-profits and is the curator of TEDxGhent and the Techstars Startup Digest Reading List on Impact Entrepreneurship. Most recently she initiated the Horasis Young Visionaries for the Global Vision Community Horasis to add to her mission of lifting diverse social entrepreneurs.


Project Designer iDROPS &

Social Entrepreneur Carpet of Life

Impact Shakers co-developed this programme with iDROPS

Since its foundation in 2010 iDROPS has built a strong reputation in social innovation. They are the compass for change. They work with individuals and vulnerable groups as well as with organisations and governments. Together with all these actors they tackle social
issues and translate them into sustainable, positive solutions and at best also into policy.
They want to make society better. They do this by turning existing ways of thinking and doing upside down. They awaken and question. Then they help create new systems and dynamics. Always departing from that same dream: lasting well-being.

Hendrikje is a project designer at iDROPS and team lead on ‘Diversity and Inclusion’. She co-creates and coordinates innovation trajectories on the topic of cultural diversity and inclusion. She is driven by social design and cultures.

She also has entrepreneurial background as she led the social business ‘Carpet of life’.
Carpet of Life is founded with the mission to generate income for artisan women living in the scarcity of the Sahara. This is done by making unique carpets that are crafted in a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation in the Sahara.


Join this first cohort of value-driven entrepreneurs today!