Leo van Loon.
A programme that supports disadvantaged young people in receipt of benefits to successfully make the transition into education, employment or entrepreneurship, thereby saving money for the municipality and making returns for investors.
What solution does the innovation propose?

The Buzinezzclub helps young people get out of benefits by broadening their network and their skills. The initiative integrates participants (or, as they call them, members) into a community of coaches, advisers and potential employers so that they embark on a process of discovering where their interests lie and work towards their achievement.


International Award for Youth Approach (2016).

Impact evidence

  • Since 2009, more than 1,000 members have successfully completed the programme.
  • Around 60% of young participants leave the welfare benefits programme.
  • Of those who leave, approximately 30% find employment, 70% pursue further training and 10% start their own business.
  • A study of Buiznezzclub and Regionaal Bureau Zelfstandigen showed that 70% of participants was active after one year.
How does it work?

Buzinezzclub’s support focuses on developing entrepreneurial and personal skills for young people, starting from their wishes and motivation  instead of the possibilities on the labour market. After an intensive six-month programme including a traineeship, personal coaching and group training, participants receive guidance and assistance for another twelve months. The programme comprises the following activities:

  • Writing a life plan focusing on training, work or self-employment. 
  • Inspiring workshops by young, successful entrepreneurs and experts. 
  • Personal and group coaching. 
  • Internships to gain work experience.  
  • Networking events. 

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Where has been implemented so far
Utrecht, The Hague and Dordrecht.
Last updated: 
June 2017