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Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneur Bottleneck

For entrepreneurs, wannabe entrepreneurs, and anybody with an entrepreneurial mindset. 

Mar 19, 2024

Integrating positive impact into your business strategy is a fundamental shift in mindset and operations that can drive long-term success and societal benefit. It is about identifying areas where your business can make a meaningful difference and aligning your business mission and values with causes that resonate authentically with employees, customers, and the community. By weaving positive impact into the fabric of your business strategy, you not only contribute to a better world but also enhance brand reputation, customer loyalty, and, ultimately, your bottom line.  


In this episode, Simon Schillebeeck shares his entrepreneurship journey, how to make a positive impact, contribute to sustainability, and strategies to help you grow your potential and increase your revenue base.  


Simon is an academic entrepreneur and the founder and chief strategy officer of Handprint with a genuine commitment to effecting positive change and revolutionizing business frameworks for a regenerative economy. Under Simon's visionary leadership, Handprint serves as a pioneering platform that bridges corporations with causes. It automates, integrates, reports, and visualizes the constructive actions corporations undertake, aligning with their values. Rather than merely minimizing harm, Handprint is dedicated to fostering ecosystem regeneration and community revitalization. 


Tune in.  


Key Highlights from The Show 

[02:48] Episode intro and a bit about our guest, Simon Schillebeeck 

[03:17] How Simon got into the entrepreneurial world  

[06:10] How to overcome the challenges that come with the business hat  

[08:02] Balancing academic integrity with entrepreneurial pursuit  

[09:54] Simon’s bottlenecks as a startup founder  

[11:41] How to shorten the sales cycles and move to revenue-making  

[15:22] Maintaining strategic stability while staying flexible for Unbounce shifts  

[17:42] Being overly optimistic and Simon’s experience as a startup looking to scale  

[21:55] How to strategically allocate resources and pursue opportunities as a startup  

[23:08] The impact that Simon craves to make as an entrepreneur  

[26:00] Simple things companies can do to be more sustainable  

[34:57] Simon’s recommendation to aspiring entrepreneurs  

[36:45] Best ways to reach out and connect with Simon  

[37:38] Wrap up and calls to action 


Notable Quotes 

·        Working with a startup is always a risk, and companies need to be willing to take risks because they believe in the potential of it. 

·        The most important thing companies can do to be more sustainable is decarbonize and optimize their processes. 

·        There are a lot of positive businesses that can come out of using impact to change your relationships. 

·        You need a passion for your business; running a business from 0 to 1 and from 1 to 100 is hard.  

·        You are not an expert in everything, and the faster you let go of what you are not good at, the better you will perform.  


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