Entrepreneurs of 2018!
Racso J – Designer
Start-up credit: € 8.000 – Brussels
Racso J. started as a cook and became artist and designer of his own brand "Bow-Ties by Racso J.". He designs and sells stylish and original bow ties for men, women and children.
He was elected to be the micro-entrepreneur of 2018 in the category “entrepreneurs of all ages”.
Cécilia Ntelo-Wa-Leko – Inclusive daycare centre
Invest credit: € 15.000 – Brussels
Cécilia has an inclusive day care centre for deaf and non-deaf children called Zarafa Asbl located in Laeken. This crèche was created in response to a demand due to a lack of infrastructure for disabled children. Zarafa ASBL is a place where children with or without disabilities are supervised by a specialized and experienced team.
She was named the best entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and she won the price of the jury.
Dogan Ates – Clothes retouching
Start-up credit: € 8.000 – Liège
Currently 27 years old, Dogan became interested in sewing as a teenager. He arrived in Belgium in 2010 and had to wait 5 years before launching his "Couture Star" store in Liege. He offers a wide range of services, he sews, makes alterations to leather, curtains, clothing, etc. Since 2017, he also offers ironing service and he sells leather goods.
He was elected best entrepreneur in the category "Entrepreneur & world citizen" and the award of the public in 2018.
Autres entrepreneus de microStart
AMINATA – Organic drinks
Test credit: € 1.000 – Antwerp
Aminata is born and raised in Mali. Currently she lives with her husband and two children in Antwerp, where she works at the harbor.
A few years ago, Aminata started making bissap,a Malian drink made from hibiscus, in her kitchen. She had a lot of success with her friends and thus she decided to launch her own organic beverage brand "Aminata Organics".
The €1,000 loan from microStart enabled her to finance the first professional bottling. Now, you can find her juice in several organic markets and in some specialized stores.
LINDA – Haircutter
Investment credit: € 15.000 – Eupen
Rue d'Aix la Chapelle, 20
Linda started with a microcredit of 15,000€ and via the “mesure tremplin”. Reoriented by BNP Paribas Fortis, she contacted microStart to applying for a microcredit to take over a hair salon that has been open in Eupen for over 40 years. She could benefit from "mesure tremplin" which allows her to keep her unemployment benefits until she made enough revenues.
Thanks to her positive attitude, microStart decided to grant her the credit with an additional interest-free loan from Funds For Good, a triple support for Linda to start her project in the best possible way.