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Newsletter de Mai 2023

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Newsletter of April 2023

Dear Citizenfund supporter,

Les choses bougent au Citizenfund !


👋 After 4 years at Citizenfund as coordinator Aurore is stepping down and leaving her place to Astrid, who will take up the torch on May 8.

✍️ Our cooperators have received their invitation to the Annual General Meeting on May 15, 2023. This will be an opportunity to meet Astrid in person 😉

🚀 We have been selected by Ashoka to be part of their Impact Programme to duplicate our model, alongside Linked.Farm and BC Materials.

💰 €2,000 were invested by new cooperators this month! Welcome Marie Laure and Denis.


🌱 Portfolio news

🚴 urbike is one of 50 Brussels organizations committed to decarbonizing logistics.

🥕 Incredible Company breathes new life into its Oasis thanks to the work of a few cooperators and animators.

📖 Wilfried pulls out an incredible number on drug trafficking in Antwerp, among other things, and treats himself to stints on BX1 (1:14:00) and LN24 (00:24:00) to discuss it!

🤝 Give a Day convinces the province of Brabant Wallon to offer the platform to its active associations.

🚚 Happy Hours Market opens its second location in Jette.

🏦 NewB is looking for its next bank branch manager & CEO.

🧱 BC Materials appears on the 1pm RTBF news to show off its materials.

💰 Incofin was on CanalZ to talk about responsible investment.

🌳 Sonian Wood Coop took part in MVO Vlaanderen’s “Koplopers” podcast.

🩲 In 2022, Entusia avoided, thanks to its activities, 91,425 kg of waste, or 258,347.49 kg of CO2 equivalent avoided.

🏡 Novacitis and its Menuiserie will host the new incubator for social entrepreneurship in Wallonia, iES!

👗 Coucou has moved and welcomes you to its new premises.

🚜 Ma Ferme held its annual Fair with great success.

🐴 Hyppy is going through difficult times and is looking for financial support to perpetuate its business.

♻️ Yuman opened its second store in Etterbeek.

🪑 Relieve Furniture appeared on BX1’s “Big Boss” program.

🏕️ Evazion continues her RTBF appearances, this time sharing her tips and tricks for a first trip.

🤖 Polyperception

tests, trains and validates its Artificial Intelligence model for its customer levels.

🚴 Hooba deploys its solution at Sibelga and welcomes its first employee.

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🤓 Some interesting information

  • We’re sharing this new campaign from MakeMyMoneyMatter about the impact of your money. We won’t say more, except that it’s funny!
  • Less funny info… According to the annual “Banking on Climate Chaos” report, the world’s top sixty banks have secured $673 billion in financing for coal, oil and gas producers in 2022.
  • Our social entrepreneurs are idealists, and perhaps even mild-mannered. But let’s take them seriously! At least, that’s what this article in Echo suggests. And we share their opinion.
  • And finally, a reflection by Laura Rizzerio and Bruno Colmant on financial regulation in La Libre.

So, do we act?


See you soon,


The Citizenfund team

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Newsletter of March 2023

Dear Citizenfund supporter,


📢 📢 First of all, please block off Monday 15 May at 6pm for our annual General Assembly 🗓️. The official documents will follow shortly.
This will be the occasion to review our activities in 2022, but also to elect new members of the Selection Committee, as well as the Board of Directors! We are currently looking for candidates. For more information on these roles, please contact us.

We are also recruiting the next Citizenfund coordinator! More info on this page.


After these service announcements, here is the latest news from your favourite fund:

👋 2 new cooperators joined us in March. Welcome Geoffrey and Philippe!

🗳️ Following your votes, we will sell our shares in (and to) Happy Hours Market (“yes” to 91.8%) and reinvest €15,000 in Evazion (“yes” to 74.5%).

🏗️ Our website is being redesigned to add the possibility to invest in the Citizenfund Charleroi Métropole! We can’t wait to show you the result.



🌱 Portfolio news

🚴urbike is looking for a new logistic warehouse in the Brussels region to develop its activities during the next years. Can you help them?

🥕 Incredible Company is accompanying the OFF teams to refurnish their exterior.

📖 Wilfried’s journalist Nicolas Lahaut’ story is selected for the Belfius Press Award 2022 in the Print and Web category. Rediscover this article exceptionally in free access on their website.

🤝 Give a Day,which now has over 100,000 registered citizens, has opened its platform to the City of Brussels for more solidarity.

🚚 Happy Hours Market has already saved 49,251 kg of unsold goods in 2023. This represents 120,024 kg of co2 saved.

💄 17 new brands have just been awarded the Slow Cosmétique label by their jury, which guarantees both clean formulas and reasonable marketing, all with a family, artisanal and local anchoring.

🏦 In a few weeks, NewB will evolve towards a banking and insurance agency model in partnership with vdk banque and Monceau

🧱 BC Materials reveals the behind-the-scenes manufacturing of its “Gent Waste Brick for DING”.

🌳 Sonian Wood Coop equips SuReal’s offices with beautiful bespoke desks.

🩲 Find a positive testimonial on Entusia‘s leak-proof underwear for certain conditions.

🥜 Bulkbar also customizes its bulk dispensers according to your wishes.

🏡 Lla Menuiserie works are in full swing! You could almost see yourself there…

👗 Le Vif Weekend talks about Coucou as the number one solution for evening wear hire.

✋ BPart beats its weekly record of committed participants on their participation platform with 7,743 shares!

🚜 Back in pictures on the guinguette of Ma Ferme. Did you miss it? See you at their Fair on April 15.

🐴 Hyppy school pick-ups resume every Wednesday and Thursday for St Augustine and Sint Augustine schools in Forest (Altitude 100). A few places are still available, call them!

♻️ The new Yuman shop will be accessible by foot, bike, tram, metro and bus from April at number 8, rue de l’escadron in Etterbeek.

👨‍🌾 Thanks to the Linked.Farm, platform, 115,142 orders have been placed with farmers and producers directly.

🪑 Relieve Furniture welcomes its new project manager, Sarah, to accompany you in your office furniture renewals.

🏕️ Evazion offers you to test its location “Le Village” in Normandy with its new partner Horizon (who was a member of its selection committee).

🤖 PolyPerception celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a 7th employee and a new website.

🚴 Hooba is on Kanaal Z – Canal Z to demonstrate its bikes and services!

👶 Snappies is growing: they clean more than 6000 nappies per week.


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🤓 Some interesting information

  • We will be participating in the Impact Shakers Summit, the first European event dedicated to start-ups focused on inclusive entrepreneurship and impact, on 5 May in Brussels.
  • Have you invested in BEL ESG Index ? Gilles Vanvolsem vtalks to you about the practices of the rating companies that evaluate the companies that are part of it. Spoiler alert: ESG investment is still not that…
  • In the same vein, Novethic has analysed more than 1,000 ESG funds and shares its findings with you.
  • You couldn’t miss it, the IPCC has released its 6th report. They point out, in particular, the lack of financial flows dedicated to the climate, which are still unfortunately exceeded by the financial flows of fossil fuels. BUT, there would be enough savings in the world to finance the climate transition!


So, do we act?


See you soon,


The Citizenfund team

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Newsletter of February 2023

Dear Citizenfund supporter,


The month of February (without a supermarket or mineral tour) is already coming to an end. And our now traditional newsletter brings you the latest news on our activities and investments.

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Newsletter of January 2022

Dear Citizenfund supporters,


After a winter break, we are back!

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Newsletter of November 2022

Dear Citizenfund supporter,


5 years after starting Citizenfund, we met again to celebrate with the play “A Unicorn in the Room”.

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Newsletter of October 2022

Hello dear Citizenfund supporter,


As usual, here is the latest news from your favourite investment fund. You read that right, fa-vo-rite !

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