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?
At age 17, I left the tiny village where I came from to study Industrial Engineering and Management at the other side of the country. You can imagine that this is a giant leap, especially for your family. After three years, I wanted to go on a study tour to Latin America and I studied the influences of culture on entrepreneurship in Mexico and Costa Rica. When I was there, I had a jaw-breaking experience when I saw the differences in culture on the family-aspect. Everybody was taking care of their older family members, where I only saw my grandparents at most once in a month. Back in Holland, my partner Allard de Jong noticed the same problem of loneliness when he did a research in a hospital in Florida. We want to make sure that the older generation will not be forgotten.
This is my first company, but I do have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize my vision. I already organized a lot of events, like the second largest formal ball in the Netherlands. Next to that, I've been in the board of the umbrella organization of the student associations in Enschede. My work at Kennispark Twente helps me with the development of my entrepreneurial side. I am also a fellow of the Kairos Society, a society for a selected group of entrepreneurial students in the world who are passionate about social entrepreneurship and making the change.