A wide-ranging, rich & interesting conversation touching upon topics such as Doughnut Economics, the ZEBRA movement and what it takes to create meaningful change.
Yonca Braeckman is the founder & CEO of Impact Shakers, a global impact ecosystem tackling complex societal challenges through inclusive entrepreneurship. She is a mission-driven entrepreneur and investor in underrepresented founders. She helped build the Belgian and European tech startup ecosystems and as a mentor at SXSW, Slush Tokyo, General Assembly, Village Capital, Shapers Impact Capital and startup programs across the globe, she guided many startups on their first steps abroad. She built a new smart city hub in Ghent, Belgium, with an in-house acceleration program called Watt Factory. She serves on the board of different non-profits and is the curator of TEDxGhent and the Techstars Startup Digest Reading List on Impact Entrepreneurship. Most recently she initiated the Horasis Young Visionaries for the Global Vision Community Horasis to add to her mission of lifting diverse social entrepreneurs. Yonca is an absolute powerlady and some might even say she invented the word inclusive entrepreneurship. Kidding of course. She is also one of the 40-under-40, the belgian inititiative to bring together young visionary leaders - and that she is. So without further ado, let's dive into our conversation.