“How can we make the world a better place?”

Us, students, are a vibrant source of creativity and ideas. However, it often seems like a huge and difficult step to turn these ideas into something real. Together with AFD and Cera, we have set up the Brightminds program to inspire and activate fellow students around social entrepreneurship. In our view, social entrepreneurship is the entrepreneurship of today and tomorrow. Throughout the year, we’ll provide you with all the necessary tools to answer our main question: “How can we make the world a better place while also making money?”

Is this something for you?

With the Brightminds program, our goal is to reach both ambitious students with an idea and/or a breakthrough vision about social entrepreneurship, as well as motivated students who want to learn more about social businesses and inspiring individuals. We are looking to engage students who want to have a positive impact on society, and help them to think about how social businesses will change tomorrow’s world.

Annual planning



The Brightminds program challenges students to reflect critically on problems that our society faces today. In order to do this, we are working around 4 topics this year: (1) social entrepreneurship, (2) circular economy, (3) green innovation and (4) fair trade and global development. In the course of the academic year, we organise 12 interactive, interdisciplinary and innovative activities such as workshops, lectures, excursions and much more. These activities will challenge you to question the problems that our society is currently facing within the four different topics. What we expect from students is their presence, active participation and critical mindset during the workshops. The program is perfectly compatible with your studies, as students do not have to prepare anything, and it will only take around 2 hours per week. Furthermore, the sessions will take place in auditoriums or other locations in Leuven (keeping in mind the color-codes) as long as we are allowed, if needed we will switch to online workshops. To start off with a bang, a teambuilding activity will be organized so that the students get to know each other better. In addition, a weekend, in which social entrepreneurship will be the central theme, will take place at the beginning of the second semester (depending on the corona measures).

What’s in it for you?

You will learn more about social entrepreneurship in a fun and interactive way. You will come into contact with successful entrepreneurs who will give you a new perspective on our society. All of the activities are packed with innovative, enriching ideas that will only increase in importance in the future. Students have the possibility to share their CV with us, which we will then distribute in the rich network of social entrepreneurs and companies of AFD. In addition, students will receive a certificate at the end of the year if they have been sufficiently present during the workshops. In that case, you can officially call yourself a BRIGHTMIND. And who knows, maybe you meet your future partner in crime to start your own social business or your future employer. In any case, you will develop and nurture skills that are becoming more and more important in the world of today.


The application deadline is Saturday October 3th.

We will select 25 applicants to become part of the Brightminds program.



Board Member: Astrid De Paepe
Tel: +32 470 36 01 82

Contact person for partners
Entourage Member: Louise van Cleemput

Contact person for students
Entourage Member: Ruben Bostyn

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