Spotlight: Vincent de Coninck

Vincent spotlight

What drives you?

I can’t accept that things are happening the way they do because people are blind and don’t want to change.

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

I feel that the networks around social entrepreneurs are growing and expanding. For example, many different support organizations have sprung up, and more, they build relationships with schools and universities.

Currently reading

Scarcity by Eldar Shafir

Background

Originally, Vincent studied marketing and after two years, took some time out to see what else the world had to offer. Ater his timeout in India, he returned to Belgium and changed to social marketing. Having worked as a consultant for communication and fundraising for non-profits, Vincent “was a bit bored with selling concepts. I wanted to sell products and since I am passionate about food, I started a company that imports and distributes organic and fairtrade wines. Right now, I am still on the board but have stepped back from the operational side of the business.”

“When it comes to the social enterprise support sector, I hope we will start walking the talk of being sustainable enterprises ourselves. I feel we are the ones to set a certain standard of financial sustainability, and lead by example. Let’s work together to share our learning and outputs and successful cases!”

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