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Entrepreneurs can use some help in these times. At the same time, there is a serious shortage of internships for students who are eager to put their knowledge into practice. Preferably at a company that makes the world a more beautiful place. Bring these ingredients together virtually and you get Green Matchmaking: an online event on 13 April where companies and students find each other. The goal: as many matches as possible for internships starting in September 2021 or February 2022.

Marcel Ernes, business development manager at Green Chemistry Campus: “Many companies will recognise this: there has been a plan on the table for ages to really get started with sustainability. Or a sustainable entrepreneur is short of hands for a literature study, a marketing or business plan, a technical issue or a benchmark. At the same time, corona makes it quite difficult for students to find an internship. With Green Matchmaking – together with the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy of Avans University of Applied Sciences and HZ University for Applied Sciences, CURIO and Circular Biobased Delta – we offer companies and students perspective in corona time. From the Campus, we want to further accelerate the development of sustainable materials and chemicals in the region.”

Speeddates

How does it work? Companies place their sustainable internship vacancy on the B2Match Green Matchmaking platform MBO/HBO/WO students with an interest in bio-circular innovations and/or the energy transition can indicate that they are looking for an internship or traineeship. Together they can schedule virtual speed dates on 13 April. A match results in an internship, a graduation internship or a traineeship with job prospects. The parties involved can make agreements together about the possibilities of a physical or virtual internship as a result of corona. “Apart from agreements on concrete work placements, the Green Matchmaking event is also ideally suited for a low-threshold meeting with perhaps a future employee,” adds Ernes.

Learning community

This event is part of the ‘Learning Community’ project that aims to optimise the link between education in the West Brabant region and bio-circular companies. Apart from the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy of Avans University of Applied Sciences and HZ University for Applied Sciences and Circular Biobased Delta, the West-Brabant region, Rabobank and Port of Moerdijk are partners, in collaboration with the Province of Noord-Brabant and N.V. REWIN West-Brabant.