On the 28th of February His Majesty the King of Belgium visited the Impact House, the main office of SI2 Fund and several other actors in the social entrepreneurship and impact investing scene.
The Impact House is a dynamic hub situated between the European quarters and the centre of Brussels. It houses diverse organisations and enterprises, having the common goal to foster positive societal impact. Each in their own way, they commit to tackling the pressing social and environmental challenges of today. Diverse forms of support can be found in the house: from financing to coaching, consultancy and network sharing. The house also has a co-working space which frequently opens its doors to interesting events about societal innovation and social entrepreneurship.
After a royal welcome, the King was invited to visit the offices and make the acquaintance of the various entities in the building. Our manager Pieter Oostlander proudly presented SI2 Fund. By way of an example of the fund’s impact, the King was also introduced to our portfolio company Bluesquare, a Belgium-based data provider for results-based funding solutions in the health and education sectors. The visit ended with a thought-provoking round table featuring the young generation of the Impact House, amongst which our team members Timothy Lambert and Lina Benmehrez, clarifying the importance of the right support, a combined approach – that includes both business and societal aspects – as well as a strong ecosystem to achieve sustainable societal impact.
The visit of the King shows his appreciation for the social entrepreneurship and impact investing scene, as well as the support of the Impact House ecosystem. It is a meaningful recognition of the commitment of the SI2 Fund team and the other Impact House members, creating and backing solutions that tackle the most pressing societal problems of our time.