The Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs association in Belgium is an initiative led by – the name gives it away – entrepreneurs, who wish to stimulate business and sustainable growth in countries with developing economies. African Drive, a charitable enterprise supported by Materialise, had the honor of receiving the Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs Trophy last week!
Materialise colleagues Joris Aerts and Petro Khaselev hatched the ambitious and slightly deranged plan to join the Mongol Rally this summer. What is the Mongol Rally? The premise is simple: participants must drive from London to Ulan Ude near the Mongolian border, and they must do so in a totally rubbish car. What’s more, each team needs to raise over £1000 for a charity of their choice – Joris and Petro donated their funds to the Materialise initiative African Drive. As part of the fundraising effort, Materialise offered to 3D print their car, which was then given to one of the generous donors as a reward.
African Drive is an initiative that was founded three years ago by a group of Belgian entrepreneurs led by our CEO, Fried Vancraen. With the aim of creating a safe and dependable method of transportation for the inhabitants of Benin, African Drive’s affiliate, Baobab Express, started providing locals with a secure, low-cost way of getting from city to city.
In our previous blog post, we told you about our initiatives in Benin and even promised we would tell you about African Drive one day. Well, the suspense is over and now you can read all about the African Drive and its first project, the Baobab Express.