Impact HUB

Updated: 06/07/2017



Impact Hub is a global network of centres for social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The first Impact Hub started in London in 2005; we now count 85 Impact Hubs in world cities across six continents, with 17 more setting operations, counting a significant presence in Europe. The network has 30 fully operating Impact Hubs across the European Union, in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. We also have Impact Hubs in Serbia, in Switzerland, in Norway, in the Russian Federation and in Ukraine. Altogether, the Impact Hub Network has over 13,000 members, half of these within the European Union, and its membership is growing at a 40% annual rate. Impact Hub members are typically start-up social entrepreneurs and innovators, some in early stages of development, others growing and scaling up.

Each Impact Hub’s local network is enriched by a number of professionals, consultants, corporate employees, academics, public sector representatives, students and many other individuals passionate about social impact. Impact Hubs thus create and nurture local communities working at the cutting edge of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and the impact economy. By building a network of spaces and communities – collaborative, inspiring, mixed-used, resource-rich and diverse – we have established a dual global and local ecosystem ideal for the growth of social innovation.

The Impact Hub Network is recognised internationally as one of the leading organisations in the social innovation field, and works locally and internationally with a growing number of universities, NGOs, research centres, public sector agencies and private companies towards furthering the field of social innovation and supporting the birth, growth and scaling of high-impact social ventures. Some of the Impact Hub Network’s key partners today include the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, the world's leading independent conservation body, the Boston Consulting Group, the world’s leading business strategy advisor and the BMW Foundation, the global philanthropic organisation working at the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship.

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