15/12/2015 - The socialization of entrepreneurship


15 Dec 2015

ICAB, Witte Patersstraat 4, 1040 Brussels

The final session of KTI's (advanced) starter seminars will zoom out to innovative entrepreneurship that benefits society in general, no matter if the area of focus is education, technology, human or workers’ rights, transport, environment, economic development, agriculture, etc. Creating new products and services is in its credo but profit maximization is not.
The socialization of entrepreneurship implies looking for novel business models and innovative perspectives to contribute to social cohesion, employment and the reduction of inequalities. It requires an insight in the process and future of an entrepreneurial responsibility to contribute meaningfully to economic development, with high standards not only towards one's own business, but also with regard to a sustainable planet and society.


Moderatie: Marleen Wynants

18:00 - Welcome and registration

18:15 - Keynote lecture by Peter Wollaert (Fellow UNITAR & Managing Director CIFAL Flanders)

18:45 - Q&A

19:00 - Cases:

Inge Knapen (COO Close the Gap)

Marc Bontemps (New B)

Peggy Bovens (PB calc & consult bvba)

20:00 - Debate with speakers and participants

20:45 - Drinks and networking


€ 10,00 / Free for participants of the Starters and Advanced Starter Seminars.

Click here for the online registration form.

Bios / Slides

Inge Knapen is the Chief of Operations at Close the Gap, responsible for the day-to-day operations and also driving the business development for inbound and outbound. Inge is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for social development based on a solid business model. With a master’s in economics and business economics and over 20 years of experience in business development in different sectors like ICT, renewable energy and waste management. Inge has worked in North-America, Europe and Africa. She has assisted the start of many social enterprises in the field of renewable energy, waste management and communication. She has also worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in East Africa. This was part of a CSR partnership with the Dutch logistics company TNT (now Post NL) and UN WFP, as part of the school feeding development program. Extending this partnership to look at alternative sources of fuel and compensating the carbon footprint, Bio Energy Resources Ltd (BERL) was setup at a social enterprise in Malawi.
BERL is promoting the planting of Jatropha Curcas as a feedstock for the production of bio fuel. The Jatropha will be grown as an additional cash crop by smallholder farmers and the oil will be blended with fossil diesel in Malawi, for Malawi.

Marc Bontemps (°1953) studied Commercial Engineer at the Solvay School of VUB. After his studies he was assistant to Prof W. Missorten (Balance Sheet Analysis) and he worked as a coordinator of the Social Services of VUB. He was also project manager at the Fonds voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking and 11.11.11. From 1990 to 2004, he was director of Oxfam Wereldwinkels and Oxfam Fair Trade, and from 2004 to 2006 of the Forum Ethibel (Screening and certification of Socially Responsible Investments). From 2006 to 2008 Marc Bontemps was manager at Vigeo (Research on Corp. Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investments), and from 2008 to 2011 he was director of Ecolife (calculations and campaigning of ecological footprints). Since 2011 he is staff member of NewB

Peggy Bovens (°1968) graduated as a civil engineer (option architecture) in 1992 at the University of Ghent. Until 2006 she worked as an employee for several companies: purchaser at contractor Bouwbedrijf Luc Ilegems, calculating and detailing architectural precast elements at Eurobeton (subsidiary company of Bouwbedrijf Luc Ilegems), estimator at Antwerpse Bouwwerken and finally manager of the estimation department at Ibens.
In 2006 she founded her own business, PB calc & consult: an estimating and consulting company. Its main goal is construction management. Its clients are people who aim for a smooth building process within budget.
Peggy Bovens created, with support of IWT, BouwData PB©: a common data environment (CDE), based on Belgian and Dutch Standards, including BB-SfB (Plus), to control costs, quality and communication throughout the life cycle of a building. BouwData PB© also contains a method to organise groupware and BIM models. Its main project now is the new hospital of AZ St Maarten at Mechelen: ca. 105.000m² with an investment budget of 340 miljoen euro. The construction started in October 2013 and the opening is foreseen October in 2018.
PB calc & consult organizes in company training sessions concerning construction cost engineering & construction management and was a guest lecturer at Antwerp Management School (master in the real estate), KaHo St Lieven (postgraduate bio-ecological building) and VDAB-Cevora-Confederatie Bouw. Through teaching, she hopes to close the gap between the talents of unemployed people and the needs of the building industry.