The European Impact Hero 2021 has been chosen and we can proudly present and congratulate Biodiversity & Ecosystem Futures (BEF) as the winner! Applause to Mike Davies for an outstanding pitch!

Also, of course, congrats to ecotrek and Breeze Technologies for winning the second  and third place!

Everyone is, in our eyes, an absolute winner- you all have made such a big step forward in the last months an can be very proud of yourselves (we all are!) Baffi, Camp Collapse,   Zurück – Zero Waste Shop, TodaVida – Circular Product Pass!

Many thanks to all volunteers, experts, mentors and our Jury. More than a simple „thank you“ to our partners who made this programme possible: SAP, Volkswagen AG, AUDI AG, Microsoft and of course to our friends from for sponsoring the 5000€ stipend!


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European Impact Hero 2021 

 BEF Limited!

About the European Impact Hero

Have a look at the ten amazing start-ups which won the first stage of the Impact Hero Programme and joined the Impact Hero Lab for six months

BEF Limited

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Futures (BEF) is developing the solutions needed to address the systemic challenges faced by the carbon markets so that they can scale and reach their potential in tackling climate change and Biodiversity loss.


atlat offers companies a digital-first complaint system to ensure workers rights at their suppliers and comply with the new German Supply Chain Law.
(formerly True Colors)

Camp Collapse 

Camp Collapse explores future possibilities: what we want, how to get there and how to be ready. Through immersive experiences, we co-create future scenarios and inspire you to take action!


To save the climate and to support the circular economy ZURUECK designs and produces home made textiles out of used hotel table cloth and linen.

Breeze Technologie

Breeze Technologies is a technology leader for modern air quality sensors, data and analytics.


TodaVida produces and sells high-quality foods grown in biodiverse endemic agroforestry systems by small-scale farmers and cooperatives, through regenerative and sustainable agriculture, under the fairest possible conditions.


GROME offers innovative, well-founded programs to promote health and team development through gardening projects with additional educational workshops. The experience of taking care of an own vegetable patch from seeds to taste and using it as a green seminar room teaches appreciation and awareness for the value of ecological and seasonal food and creates awareness for climate change.


Baffi is an online platform and upcycling marketplace. We connect sewing hobbyists with locals wanting to reduce their waste. Kind of like Fiverr but for upcycling clothes. We encourage people to give their clothes a second life by upcycling their old clothes into shopping bags, pillow cases and much more. We also promote the local economy by giving sewing hobbyists a chance to earn money for upcycling clothes or repairing them.


Ecotrek is the software for sustainability in the supply chain. It is based on a platform that provides sustainability data on companies in sustainability profiles. The ecotrek platform thus digitizes and automates the exchange of sustainability data between companies and within a supply chain. These include a precise determination of Supply Chain Sustainable Performance Indicators (SPIs), so that sustainability in the supply chain and its target achievement becomes measurable.

Circular Product Pass

Circular product pass makes sustainability measurable. The digital product pass documents which materials and components are contained in the product and their value for the circular economy. It serves as proof of the product’s footprint and documents emissions and resource consumption in a traceable manner.

Watch the European Impact Hero #EUSES session

Session at the European Social Economy Summit (27 May 2021) on ‚Behind the scenes – making of the European Impact Hero, or creative ways companies and start-ups cooperate‘ with AUDI AG, SAP & Microsoft.

This year’s focus

Circular Economy

Is your venture working on a restorative and regenerative economy?

Climate Neutrality

Are you dedicated to conquering climate change and aim to acchieve a climate neutral world?

Supply Chain

Is your venture creating a better economy through sustainable supply chains?

About the programme

The EUROPEAN IMPACT HERO is an acceleration programme focused on European impact-driven ventures to support their business with relevant expertise and industry connections.

This year we are supporting ventures which are working in the fields of climate neutrality, circular economy and supply chain – and are committed to driving a more social and sustainable future.


„We had super committed people in the team, an excellent design thinking coach, it was a lot of fun and we were also able to develop our idea further! And of course, the feedback from the industry partners on our idea was absolutely great!“

Gunther Walden, CEO – Circular Tree

Winner Hackday@SIS19

We have helped past ventures grow! 

Programme sequence 

What we offer

The European Impact Hero programme is tailored to take your ventures to the next level, connect you with industry leaders and provide you with a great platform for exchange and impact-driven growth. 

Bring in your challenge

The whole programme is designed to work on your personal challenge. Whether it is a business, technical or business model validation challenge. 

Exclusive networking & partnerships

Seize the opportunity to make international, long-term contacts with industry leaders, universities and European networks. 

Real insights & knowledge

Gain deep and ground-breaking insights into different topics like business development, marketing & communications, impact orientation and scaling. 

Qualified mentoring & support

During the whole European Impact Hero programme, your venture will be guided by an individual team mentor who will support your growth journey. 

Improve your visibility

Through our exclusive network of European partners, we can offer your ventures more visibility with an enhanced marketing strategy. 

Gain access to investors

At the end of your 6-month online-accelerator programme you will showcase your progress to a hand-selected group of expert jury members and impact investors.

Watch the panel discussion on smart (and) circular systems for more sustainable economic growth

Panel discussion at the European Social Economy Summit #Road to Mannheim Event (25 March 2021) with Unternehmensgrün, AUDI AG, SAP, Microsoft & University of Mannheim.

An interactive and inspiring growth journey for your company lies ahead… 

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