Thursday October 3rd, we organized the eighth edition of the Frisse Blik Talk! For this event we invite inspiring people who give their ‘fresh’ perspective on a certain theme. This edition, Jan van Hövell and Rosaline Wedzinga were the guests: they gave an entrepreneurial view on their careers.

AN ENTREPRENEURIAL VIEW ON… | FRISSE BLIK TALK #8

Thursday October 3rd, we organized the eighth edition of the Frisse Blik Talk! For this event we invite inspiring people who give their ‘fresh’ perspective on a certain theme. In a ‘college tour’-like setting, the speakers will be questioned by the audience and the presenter. This edition, Jan van Hövell and Rosaline Wedzinga were the guests: they gave an entrepreneurial view on their careers.

IN NEED OF MORE CHALLENGE

Jan van Hövell, a former lawyer, explained how he came to the conclusion that working in the Zuidas wasn’t for him. ‘It wasn’t satisfying, I wanted to do something that suited me more and that could make the world a little better as well.’ From an early age Jan had an entrepreneurial mind: at the age of 16 he traded telephones and sold them at his school. Two years ago he founded KLABU, a social enterprise that enables refugees to resume their lives through sport. Rosaline doesn’t shy away from a challenge either: in addition to her intensive traineeship at KPN, she gets up every day at 6 am to put on her running shoes. ‘I see it as a training to combine work and sport, it ensures discipline.’ The world championship of the Ironman triathlon, that’s the goal: a marathon, more than 180 kilometres of cycling and almost 4 kilometres of swimming.

PASSION AND DIFFICULTIES

They both realise that things are not always going smoothly. Rosaline’s foot is wrapped in a brace during the Frisse Blik night, an injury she suffered while running. Jan also knows trials and tribulations: ‘KLABU is doing well, but setting up a clothing brand is very difficult. The clothing sector is one of the most difficult segments to intervene in as a new company. Yet they are both positive about the future. Rosaline: ‘I’m already satisfied when I’ve achieved a small, simple goal’. The two emphasize the importance of having a goal. Without a clear goal in mind, you won’t make it. ‘Take your time, write down your goals on paper and go for them’, says Jan.

An inspiring evening, with critical but above all motivating words by Rosaline and Jan. Thanks to Rosaline and Jan for sharing their entrepreneurial spirit and to everyone who has come. The next edition is already planned: click here to register for the Frisse Blik Talk on the 6th of February!

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