Spotlight: Isabelle Coppens

What drives you?

To make a difference for people who want to start their own projects.

Biggest SocEnt trend have you seen over the last 5 years?

Sharing Economy.

What are you currently reading?

Hoe ik verander by Shirine Moerkerken

Background

Isabelle holds a masters in entrepreneurship and new business venturing. During her semester in Boston she got a first taste of designing social enterprise models. “It was at Babson College that I used the business model canvas for the first time.”. Back in the Netherlands she started organizing events for social and healthcare professionals and realized that she wanted to do more than the event side of things: ”I was inspired by the work these social entrepreneurs were doing, I was sharing their enthusiasm. But spreading this attitude within the company I was working at at the time was hard. It took me a long time to convince them that Social Entrepreneurship is the new normal, that profit mustn’t be the only driver. Fighting the battle made me realize just how important Social Entrepreneurship was for me. I decided to change careers and joined Outside Inc. in February 2015.”

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