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    Food Pioneers Program | The second edition

    Every 6 months we host a new group of food changemakers. Last august the second generation of residents settled in the Village, where they kicked off the first day of their Food Pioneers Program. Get to know the 15+ new entrepreneurs who are excited to (further) develop their food business.

    🇬🇧 In the Village our working language is English, therefore these articles are posted in English rather than Dutch.

    A diverse group of entrepreneurs

    This edition of the Food Pioneers Program is formed by a very diverse group of participants. After receiving over 35 applicants, a group of 15 businesses (some of them with more than one founder) was selected. The strength of this edition lies in the different levels of experience and diverse perspectives. In bi-weekly sessions they take on the challenge of taking the next steps for their individual companies. In the coming months, we will further introduce these entrepreneurs to you:

    Johannes Trebes, Urbanponics
    Saleeban Abdi, Organic Green Gold
    Elisa Elskamp, Up Top!
    Gabriele Bonomi, Vegan Bear Chef
    Awais Khan Helal, Ubotech
    Fleur Ravelli & Joris de Jonge, Wim Wafels
    Mohammed El Bakh Khadijan, Weide Kippen
    Bram de Vos, Bram de Vos Studio
    Abdulrahman Alshameri, Ayia
    Lusiana Mailaj, The Second Starter
    Sarah Ashraf & Ahmer Ashraf, SavFood
    Danien Schuurman, Nudge
    Veerle Vrindts & Pablo Molenman, ProVeg Nederland
    Yanna Hoek, Broodje Poep
    Gaby van der Wens, (winner Summer School wildcard)
    >> you can find a more elaborate description of the companies mission statements here.

    A fresh start

    The first day of the Village Food Pioneers Program was all about getting to know each other. The participants followed various exercises to get to know each other and themselves better. One part was the personal leadership training of Joszi Smeets, in which they reflected on where they now find themselves in their personal process.

    The program

    For the coming six months the Food Pioneers will make use of the facilities available in the Village and will receive coaching and advice from Food Hub, Impact Hub and other renowned players in the food and agricultural sector. In these six months we will become part of a tight community of food change makers.

    Curious about day one? You can find all the photo’s in this album.

    Photography by Tess Janssen