Around 40 youngsters took part in the third “Molengeek” from Friday to Sunday. The project was set up by a collective of entrepreneurs that want to inform the public about entrepreneurship. Those taking part were given the chance to learn how to start a business, before presenting their project to a jury of entrepreneurs, managers and politicians on Sunday. The organiser’s aim was to inform the public about entrepreneurship, and teach people how to deal with the digital age.
On Friday evening, the forty or so participants present at the Centre d’Entreprises in Molenbeek, where the event took place, were divided into seven teams. These teams were given communication, sales, logistics, fashion and biological farming projects. On Saturday, with the help of experienced entrepreneurs, the teams worked on putting their ideas into practice.
On Sunday, the teams had 5 minutes to present their projects to the jury. The jury was made up of managers and experienced entrepreneurs. The most promising projects will get rewards, such as accompaniment and technical assistance, to help the candidates bring their projects to life.
According to the Digital minister Alexander De Croo, the “Molengeek” project is a great way to stimulate creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit in young people. They may inspire a young public, including those who don’t always have the right diploma or network, to start their own projects. Denise Campbell Bauer, the Belgian ambassador to the United States, also attended the event. She said she had always taken an interest in young people that want to develop their own ideas and initiatives.