Positive social impact of EUR alumni: From date-seed coffee to solar-powered water pumps

Erasmus University Rotterdam is launching a video series about alumni who create a positive social impact. The first mini-documentary is about alumnus Diederick van der Wijk, whose company helps entrepreneurs with a refugee background to set up their business in the Netherlands.

Creating a positive social impact is paramount at Erasmus University Rotterdam. And that is not only through academic research, but also through the initiatives that are set up in the business world by EUR alumni. The Erasmus Alumni Chain is a video series that puts a number of inspiring EUR alumni in the spotlight. The first edition focuses on Diederick van der Wijck and his company Forward Incubator. In the mini-documentary he tells his story, and two initiatives by (former) refugees are discussed.

We see the Syrian Tamim and Rahaf who start a company in coffee made from date seeds. And Mohammed, who with his company supplies solar panels and heat pumps to farmers in Sudan, so they are less dependent on fossil fuels.

Erasmus Alumni Chain: Forward Incubator