Marketplace for Good Business, Bocholt 2017
(FINALIST 2017) “Speed dating” for non-profits and companies: sounding out opportunities for cooperation
Politicians and the administration of Bocholt have recognised the immense importance of volunteer work for the city. Since 2012 Bocholt has been taking measures to promote, support and recognise volunteer work. In 2017 local companies were integrated into this concept. The Marketplace for Good Business brings together local non-profit organisations and companies in a kind of speed dating. Two points are of particular importance: each party has to make an offer to the other one; this creates a level playing field where everyone has something to give. And, most importantly, money is taboo! Everything can be discussed, but not money. This creates new cooperations and ways of working together. Often, after personal discussions, new ideas are developed and projects are created. It’s all about mutual support. Partnerships are being formed between voluntary organisations and the local economy, which can and should continue beyond a one-off project. Representatives of 37 organisations and 29 companies took part in the event.