Spotlight: Wieke van der Zouwen


What drives you?

I’ve been privileged to be born in this country and we are not looking at a long-term sustainable world in which everyone strives. On the contrary, we are living at the expense of others and nature. I have the great opportunity to enable others to do good, and that’s what I feel obliged to do.

Biggest SocEnt trend have you seen over the last 5 years?

There has been quite a big shift in the thinking about impact. People have started to see that you can make a profit and have an impact at the same time. We are finally moving out of the traditional NGO field.

What are you currently reading?

The Startup Game – Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs by William L. Draper


Wieke studied International Development studies, Spanish, and holds a masters in International Relations. As a project manager she worked for various social enterprises in fields such as IT and education. Wieke’s experiences as a freelancer help her relate to the struggles of the start-up entrepreneurs she works with. “The most influential experience in my career so far was joining Impact Hub Amsterdam. If you ask me, it takes guts for social entrepreneurs to think outside the I-have-to-earn-money box and out impact first. That has been a real motivation.”



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