Join the Impact Hero Day

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?

Apply with your venture!

Apply for the Impact Hero Day’ until 01 May 2021
for the chance to earn a spot in the Impact Hero Lab and the opportunity to win a 5.000 € stipend.

Participate as a volunteer!

Apply for the Impact Hero Day’ until 1 May 2021
as an industry expert volunteer or student volunteer and be part of the change.

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.

Apply now for our ‘Impact Hero Day’ on 25 May 2021 and become one of 30 selected ventures who will be aible to bring their business to the next level. Industry and sustainability experts as well as highly-motivated volunteers will join forces with you in solving your venture’s biggest challenge during one day!

Quotes

„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

Why you should apply for this programme with your venture

The European Impact Hero is made possible by Microsoft Germany, SAP and Volkswagen Group – and organised by the Center for Open Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship BW.

It is dedicated to support social entrepreneurs with mentors, expertise, and industry knowledge. Ventures in this years‘ focus fields are given the rare opportunity to take their business to the next level with the aid of leading industry insights and a powerful network of major corporate partners.

The European Impact Hero programme is an acceleration program without any costs for the participating ventures. 

The European Impact Hero programme is carried out digitally. You can participate 100% remotely. 

Selected ventures will be able to showcase their business and developement to the audience of the European Social Economy Summit 2021 alongside volunteers. And *boom* you became famous!

The 10 best ventures will be participating in the Impact Hero Lab where the will be receiving specific workshops and a personal team mentor.

The final event, after the Impact Hero Lab, gives you the opportunity to showcase your growth journey and potential to SAP, Microsoft Germany and Volkswagen Group as well as special impact investors!

The final winning venture will be receiving a 5,000 € stipend and become our European Impact Hero!

We have helped past ventures grow! 

Programme sequence 

Benefits for your venture

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.

Apply with your venture!

Apply for the Impact Hero Day’ until 01 May 2021
for the chance to be supported in solving your venture’s biggest challenge by experts and professionals. Bring your venture to the next level with the help of SAP, Microsoft Germany and Volkswagen group.

Participate as a volunteer!

Apply for the Impact Hero Day’ until 1 May 2021
as an industry expert volunteer or student volunteer and be part of the change. make an impact with your skills and deep-dive into the European social and sustainable start-up world.

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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