Drie wereldverbetaars, één finalist
Innovation. Passion. Sustainability. These keywords that stand out when considering the twelve dynamic participants of the AFAS Young Business Award 2023. From sustainable soap makers to futuristic drone builders, these companies embody the versatility and forward-thinking nature of the Dutch entrepreneurial landscape.
While the group spans a broad range of industries, clear unifying factors are evident: a deep-rooted commitment to social responsibility and a consciousness about the climate crisis. Marco Aarnink, a jury member and founder of Print.com and Drukwerkdeal.nl, emphasised the significance of these themes in today’s world and applauded the diverse representation among participants.
The announcement was not just any event. The AFAS headquarters in Leusden became a hotbed of entrepreneurial energy, complete with dinner, networking opportunities, and stirring words from hosts Lusanne Tehupuring and Constantijn van Oranje. Constantijn emphasised the importance of networking and knowledge-sharing, suggesting the event went beyond just competition.
The Young Business Award isn’t just a prize; it has the power to pivot a startup’s trajectory. Ives van Hoorne, the founder of CodeSandbox, can attest to the transformative power of this recognition. Post-winning last year, they could expand their network and tap deeper into the Dutch ecosystem.
Each of these companies stands for innovation, but perhaps more importantly, for creating impact. They demonstrate that entrepreneurship and social responsibility can go hand in hand. We eagerly await their continued journey in the AFAS Young Business Award 2023.