During her IVLP program Julie Foulon toured the U.S. to discover more about start-ups and innovation. She has two passions: new technologies and entrepreneurship. Her first start-up project was called “Girleek." It's all about empowering women through new technologies. Her second one is “Molengeek.” It's an incubator and recruiting school based in Molenbeek. Its mission is to give everybody access to new technologies and entrepreneurship.
I think my main characteristic is that I’m able to adapt myself into society and transmit that to others. I have two passions: new technologies and entrepreneurship. My first project is called “Girleek.” It’s all about new technologies for women and the idea is to empower more women into the world of opportunities. The second one is “Molengeek.” It’s an incubator and recruiting school based in Molenbeek. Its mission is to give everybody access to new technologies and entrepreneurship.
The change I would like to see is to have more women in ICT because we’ve got few women in the sector in this kind of opportunities. It’s really important to embrace and to empower more women because women are half of humanity. It’s a shame they are not there. It’s the same thing with young people. They use technology in a different way. That’s why it’s so important to add them into this world. They’ve got a different point of view, a different perspective. So it’s very interesting to have them.
“In the U.S. they’ve realized that innovation comes from young people.”
I’m currently working on that – to have a Belgium more diverse. That’s really a hope I’ve got because with Molengeek we’re trying to get more young people into ICT and to break the mental channels they’ve got in their head. To make them actors for change, and not only just consumers of new technologies. And to actually change the educational system which is kind of old-fashion. To have a more collaborative system where young people can really adapt themselves to society and project themselves into the world we should invest in, in Belgium. In the U.S. they’ve realized that innovation comes from young people. I think it’s an important matter. We should focus on the young generation because they see the world in a different way. That’s where the innovation will come from.
What do I call home? That’s a tricky question because I grew up in Africa. I left France when I was 10 and then I grew up in Gabon, Central African Republic, and then Burkina Faso before I came to Belgium. So I guess home for me would be Le Vésinet, a little town next to Paris where I went to primary school … but that was a long time ago.“Even when faced with challenges, I keep going. I stay focused and I try to fight”