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Event KIGO European Nature Entrepreneur Final Symposium

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Are you ready for a new breed of (nature) entrepreneurs?

"Can you make money with nature to sustain nature?" is a question we often ask ourselves these days. A number of educational institutes in The Netherlands and the NGO Rewilding Europe joined a search party to explore the possibilities for training a new breed of professionals: the European nature entrepreneur. To present our results and to celebrate the end of this successful three year project, we invite you to our final KIGO European Nature Entrepreneur symposium. KIGO is a Knowledge and Innovation in Green education programme in the Netherlands. It was part of the Green Knowledge Cooperative which was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. 

The KIGO ENE project output includes the development of the new bachelor minor International Nature Entrepreneur, the Intensive Programme European Wilderness Entrepreneurship and Helicon Opleidingen will start with a new module on Entrepreneurship in September 2014. New training materials were produced with additional funds under a WURKS NatureToGo project available on Groenkennisnet.

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Period 16/06/2014
Event location Hogeschool van Hall-Larenstein, lokatie Velp Larensteinselaan 26a 6882 CT Velp,The Netherlands
Host Hogeschool Van Hall-Larenstein, Rewilding Europe e.a.
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Contact person Brecht Caspers
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Theme(s) Ecosystems , Others
Target group(s) Adults
Type Meeting (seminar / conference / symposium / festival) Meeting (seminar / conference / symposium / festival)

Preliminary KIGO ENE Final symposium programme

13:30 Plenary opening by chair Steven de Bie
13.40 Keynote speech by Matt McLuckie
14.10 Presentation of KIGO ENE output by KIGO ENE project project core member prof. dr. Rene van der Duim (WU)
15:00 - 16:15 Parallel sessions
Session A: Inside Rewilding Europe: the case of Western Iberia by Arjaan Pellis (WU) documentary and discussion
Session B: Workshop on the Green Business Model Canvas (BMC) by Daan van der Linde (VHL)
Session C: 1-on-1 mini-business consults, open to an audience
16:00-18:00 Network Marketplace


Matthew McLuckie, Rewilding Europe, UK

Matthew is part of the Conservation Capital team who are the business development and investment management partner of the NGO Rewilding Europe. Conservation Capital focuses exclusively on linking private sector business and investment finance with global biodiversity conservation. Within Rewilding Europe, Matthew is tasked with identifying and supporting relevant rewilding enterprises that promote the goals of the initiative. He is also the investment manager for Rewilding Europe Capital, a 'pioneer' debt fund operated within Rewilding Europe.


Steven de Bie, Conservation Consultancy Steven de Bie 

Steven is a scientist and businessman, a generator of ideas and a freethinker. Always on the lookout for opportunities, out-of-the-box, creative, realistic, challenging; feasible in business terms, better for biodiversity and other challenges facing society as we move towards a sustainable future. He has his own company, is adjunct professor in Sustainable Use of Living Resources at Wageningen University (NL) and until recently manager strategic environmental partnerships at Shell International.   

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