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Become a Changemaker

 

Are you between 16 and 29 years old? 

Do you often see problems around you that require a solution? 

Are you full of ideas and do you think that some things can be done better and faster? 

Then there might be an entrepreneur hiding within you!

Whatever your background, education level or skills are. At Odds, everyone who is motivated to make a difference is welcome! We believe that everyone can make an impact by transforming or inventing new everyday things.

We believe in you, do you?

Applications close on February 24th!

 

Odds at Masala in Ghent kicks off March 2nd

Over the course of 5 evenings spread over 5 weeks, we will immerse you in entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital marketing.

Due to the stricter corona measures, the program will be partly online.

  • During week 1, we'll inspire you with design thinking, you will learn the principles of coming up with innovative solutions for complex problems.

  • In week 2, we brainstorm and validate business ideas and we'll organize an inspiring visit to a startup hub.

  • Week 3 is all about building a successful website, so that you can make your prototype known to the outside world. (ONLINE)

  • In week 4 we introduce you to the basics of digital marketing, so that you have an idea of ​​how you can approach your market. (ONLINE)

  • In week 5 we will teach you everything about pitching and presentation skills and then… Pitch Day, time to present your idea in the battle of the pitches!


​To dream big and learn from successful entrepreneurs, each team will also have a mentor entrepreneur from the US. This will help to make your idea ambitious and give it an international twist.

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The Challenges

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Climate Change

2019 was the hottest year on record and global temperatures continue to rise. Global warming has disastrous consequences for both people and nature. The fight against climate change is running at full speed, but we are still falling short. Can you come up with innovative solutions to contribute to the fight against global warming?

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Child poverty and economic inequality

15% of the children in Belgium grow up in poverty. Children who grow up in poverty often do less well at school and have fewer opportunities in the labor market later on. They have fewer opportunities to develop their talents and are more likely to become poor parents themselves. How can we ensure that we can break this vicious circle?

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Polarization and racism in our society

The elections in the US showed that people are very divided, this no different from Belgium.
Structural racism is a virus that has crept into the different layers of our society for years. It removes opportunities and ensures that a lot of potential can not flourish and that different target groups have, for example, less chances of obtaining a good and safe home and quality work. How do we tackle this challenge together?

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Covid & urban youth

More and more young people are having a hard time with the impact of the Covid virus. The lack of social contact and perspective makes many young people anxious and even leads to complaints of depression. Young people in an urban context or children in socially vulnerable situations are particularly affected by this. More often, they do not have sufficient living space, the necessary technology, or access to the internet to, for example, follow classes in a qualitative way. Can you come up with solutions to tackle these challenges?

 

Apply to Join?

Are you keen to take on one of the above mentioned challenges? 

Submit your application via the button below. 

Applications close on February 24th, so be quick!

 

Your Coaches

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Founder & CEO Impact Shakers

Yonca Braeckman is a Ghentian with Turkish roots. She 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 founders. She helped build the Belgian and European tech startup ecosystems and as a mentor at SXSW, Slush Tokyo, General Assembly, Guild Academy, 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.

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Marketing Manager Impact Shakers

Anaïs is a creative thinker with a digital heartbeat and a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. In recent years she has helped thousands of people just like you to hone their marketing skills as a coach & trainer at the Google Digital Atelier. That said, Anaïs is not just any coach or trainer, she is herself a solopreneur with a solid background in the Belgian startup landscape. She does not speak from theory, but from practice and daily experience.


Anaïs strongly believes in empowering underrepresented groups, such as women entrepreneurs and other underserved groups. Because let's be honest, the start-up scene is mainly dominated by an already privileged audience.


“It's so important to believe in yourself and trust that you can achieve anything, no matter what people say. And at the same time, meeting someone who will give you the tools to build your own story is essential. I was lucky enough to meet wonderful people who gave me that last nudge. And now I want to give you a nudge by teaching you what I know and helping you boost your business idea. ”

 

Partners

An initiative of Impact Shakers in collaboration with Masala, the Google Digital Atelier and the support of the US Embassy in Belgium.

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