Startup in Residence The Hague 4.0 is in full swing. On September 5th, seven startups were selected for the programme. They will co-create their solution with the City of The Hague the coming months. In the next few weeks, we will introduce each of the startups. Today, we’d like to introduce “Devjo”, working on the challenge “Give homeless a home”.
Fabian Weergang, founder of Devjo, created a solution to give homeless people a home, and work experience. How? Devjo wants homeless people to build Tiny Houses at sports clubs, in collaboration with construction professionals. In exchange, the homeless will work as volunteers at the sports clubs.
Devjo stands for Door En Voor Jezelf Op Opgebouwd (Building Up For Yourself). Team Devjo currently consists of six volunteers who do this work because they are convinced that the problem needs to be addressed. Devjo was founded by- and for – the target group itself, and thus the team is passionate and highly motivated to make it work.
“We want to cooperate with the municipality because we pursue the same goals. We want to help the municipality implement the municipal ‘10-puntenplan ter verbetering van de Maatschappelijke Opvang’ (10 point plan for improving social relief).”
“Because of our experience and expertise, the necessary realism, combined with a bit of ‘The Hague bluff’, we were able to convince everyone that we are creating the right solution. This has opened many doors and motivated interested parties to think about our solution and even to contribute to it. We notice that our idea is taken seriously. And that the municipality’s network of specialists and mentors helps Devjo to develop a good plan. In fact, Devjo is living proof of the added value of this initiative from the municipality, ImpactCity. New channels are being used to find solutions to social problems. ”
Startup in Residence, an initiative powered by ImpactCity, is a new way of connecting the City of The Hague and startups. Through this programme, the municipality of The Hague is looking for and invests in startups with innovative ideas that tackle challenges in the city. The programme supports startups in co-creating and developing their prototypes with civil servants and exploring future business models together.
Do you want to build your business and make an impact in the city with your solution? 19 challenges of the new programma can be found on: www.startupinresidence.