The competition is only open to people between 18-34 years-old and resident in UK, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark or the Netherlands. Does this apply to you
Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
I am an Occupational Therapist who turned Health Care advisor and had a career in that field for 9 years. I didn't like my work anymore because of the bureaucracy and limitations for really making a difference in peoples lives. I quit my job to follow my dream of starting my own business. Before starting I decided to learn more about social entrepreneurship, and went to a 1 year program at Knowmads. A new school and platform for creative entrepreneurial people who want to make a difference in the world. In this year I learned how to do business through real life projects for companies and as students we had set up a cooperative to earn money with the projects. The biggest lessons during my Knowmads year were on personal development and group dynamics, because we did everything together and created our own education.
Inspired, connected and energized I set out to found my own company, together with a partner.
Drop-In came about because we were wondering what happens to people who drop out. Drop out of school, drop out of work, drop out of following their dreams. I myself feel like a dropout after quiting a career that went very well, and started all over. Turns out there are many initiatives for bringing people back to school to get a diploma, or helping people find a job, but nothing to start from their passions, dreams, talent and ambitions. We want to connect these people to work and new possibilities starting from their intrinsic motivations.