Become a co-founder

Bring Impact Hub to your city

Transform your community into a locally-rooted, globally connected business.

We help changemakers succeed. From ideation to scaling, we accelerate impact by providing access to knowledge, markets, and capital. Our network is purposeful and diverse, with 100+ Impact Hubs across 60+ countries. Ready to open one in your city?

The time to act is now

Did you know that the Impact Hub brand is acknowledged by the United Nations as a driver of community engagement helping to promote meaningful social change?

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Why join the Impact Hub family?

  • Global brand recognition & exposure

  • A competitive & resilient business model that works

  • Local, regional & global partnereship opportunities

  • Business support, knowledge & capacity builiding

  • International talent pool of changemakers

  • Access to a locally rooted & globally connected network

Ready to build a vibrant community of changemakers from the ground up?

Through the start-up process, our team will coach your co-founding team to build an entrepreneurial community and launch your locally-owned Impact Hub.
We offer tailored learning experience including ongoing training and capacity building. From market validation, to joining the network, to opening your doors and beyond – we’ll be there for you!

  1. Build your co-founding team (3-5 people)

  2. Dive into your local ecosystem

  3. Become a candidate team

  4. Get your Impact Hub license approval

  5. Launch and join a global network

  1. Participate in the rebranding program

  2. Get your Impact Hub license approval

  3. Rebrand you organisation

  4. Join the Impact Hub Network

This program is for SDG-oriented organisations that have been operational for 2+ years with a demonstrable ambition for growth and financial sustainability. This includes having a proven business model based on a mix of programs, events, and existing space

Ready to scale your business and add a competitive edge that accelerates positive change?

We offer a fast-paced process for impact-oriented organizations with an established core community and a proven business model to transition into the network.
Throughout a 6-month capacity building program, which includes hands-on coaching, master classes and peer-visits and more, your organization evolves and will be ready to join the network and rebrand as Impact Hub.

Co-founder experiences

Open an Impact Hub in your city today!

FAQ

How long will it take to launch in Impact Hub in my city?

The Onboarding Process is divided into different stages that help you tackle the founding journey step by step. As each context and team is different, the timeline varies! For step 1 & 2 you can take as much time as you need to feel comfortable to become an Impact Hub Candidate. The Candidate Phase lasts 5 months until the license application. Once you have the license your team has up to 18 months to launch the full Impact Hub experience!

What costs are associated with opening an Impact Hub?

Candidate Payment: The first payment is due after your team applies to become a Candidate and is EUR 1.200.

Joining Payment: The Joining Payment is the fee each new Impact Hub pays to become a co-owner of the IH Network The Joining Payment reflects the local economy and local purchasing power parity (PPP) and varies from EUR 9,000 to EUR 26,000 and is paid prior to becoming a license holder.

Once part of the network, every Impact Hub pays a monthly fee which is 2.5% of the revenues generated through the Impact Hub brand. Additional services, such as technology and events, are charged separately.

Do I need to operate a space to launch an Impact Hub?

Every Impact Hub needs to operate a space, as having a physical home for your community will elevate the change you can create together! However, our spaces vary in size, shape and look & feel – some of our Impact Hubs have launched large scale coworking & meeting infrastructure, others create innovation labs, coworking cafés or smaller multifunctional spaces. You can partner with public institutions, real estate developers, universities and other organisations to create a place that embodies your communities needs and values.

Does your team help raise funds or search for partners?

Your local team is responsible to fundraise the needed investment in order to make sure that the business will become a sustainable one. However, the network will always make the necessary connections to partners and investors that have been identified as relevant for the specific market. See it as a big family you are about to enter – we are here to help, but you will need to be able to walk by yourself.

Ready to rebrand your business?

FAQ

Is Impact Hub a franchise?

We are not a franchise but have developed a co-owned network structure. The Impact Hub Intellectual Property (IP) and Brand are owned by the “Impact Hub Association”, a collective of all Impact Hubs. When joining our network, you will become a co-owner of the network and are entitled to be part of the decision-making as well as all strategic conversations. You will shape the future of the network together with the rest of the local Impact Hubs.

Do I need to fully rebrand my business?

Impact Hub does not allow co-branding to not give the impression that various entities are hosting or even owning the Impact Hub jointly. Once you join the Impact Hub network, you are a full member of the network and the Impact Hub brand will replace the current local brand.

 

What costs are associated with joining the network?

Each Impact Hub needs to pay the joining fee to become a co-owner of the network. The Joining Payment is the fee that operates on a payment structure reflecting the local economy and local purchasing power parity (PPP). The fee varies from EUR 6,000 to EUR 20,000.

Furthermore, travel costs, accommodation and any personal expenses for the in-person boot camp need to be covered by each team.

Once accepted, every Impact Hub pays a monthly fee, which is 2.5% of the revenues generated through the Impact Hub brand. Additional services, such as technology and events, are charged separately