Showing results tagged with "Baobab Express"

Baobab Express Attains B-Corp Status — A First in West Africa!

Andrea Rees
September 17, 2020

Baobab Express, an enterprise launched in 2014 to create a safe, low-cost, and dependable method of transportation for the inhabitants of Benin, has become the first company in West Africa to receive the prestigious B Corporation certification!

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Stimulating Young Entrepreneurs at the Benin Summer School 2016

Stephanie Benoit
September 01, 2016

Started in 2012, the Benin Summer School is one of the social initiatives started up by Materialise. Located in Papané, Benin, the idea behind the program is to select the three best students of the region – and then support these students financially throughout their university studies. The goal is to stimulate the local economy by giving its brightest young citizens the tools to build up useful businesses that last. We work together with a local NGO, Hubi and Vinciane, who helps the two volunteers from Materialise work with the students for two weeks on a project they need to develop and present in order to get selected as part of the final three. Meet Jonas and Dorina, who volunteered to teach the summer school this year.

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African Drive Reaches Crowdfunding Target on Bolero Crowdfunding

Stephanie Benoit
August 10, 2016

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.

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Charlotte’s Internship at Materialise: Leading the Baobab Express

Radhika Dhuru
January 05, 2016

You’ve heard the cliché of the coveted internship that turns out to actually be merely coffee-bringing and document-printing with a few hours of uninspired sitting at a desk. Charlotte’s internship, however, was nothing like that. In the last semester of her Masters studies in management, Charlotte Gréant joined Materialise as an intern to take charge of a social engagement project in Benin, West Africa: the Baobab Express. The Baobab Express provides safe, reliable and comfortable transportation services to Beninese people, filling in a gap left by sparse public transportation and prohibitively expensive private transport. Charlotte tells us how the Baobab Express project reached public approval and financial success after meeting an initially tentative reception.

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Benin Summer School Week 1, Part 2: Get to Know Some Projects

Elizabeth Boorman
September 04, 2014

Now that you've read our previous blog post and learned about the Benin Summer School and how the 8 students in the summer school were selected, here’s a bit more information on some of the projects a few of the students are working on.

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Benin Summer School Week 1, Part 1: Get to Know the Students

Elizabeth Boorman
September 01, 2014

The third edition of the Benin Summer School is in full swing! But what is the Summer School all about? And who are the students our Materialise volunteers are working with?

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