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In 60+ countries, our Impact Hubs are a home for anyone who wants to tackle the complex challenges that our world is facing. Each of these Impact Hubs started with local changemakers eager to challenge the status quo in their cities.

 

Join these changemakers and bring our network to your city!  Build up a strong and diverse community that pushes boundaries, creates new solutions and brings impact business to the mainstream! Along this exciting journey, we will guide and support you from the first idea of founding an Impact Hub to becoming a license holder of the network.

INSPIRING, ENABLING AND CONNECTING

A COMMUNITY OF IMPACT ENTREPRENEURS

The Founding Journey

1

Build your co-founding team

1

Build your co-founding team

Every Impact Hub starts with a team! The first step is to find your co-founders for Impact Hub that know your city and region and can represent your community.

2

Dive into your local ecosystem

2

Dive into your local ecosystem

Building a movement for impact in your city requires a deep understanding of your local context, market and community. Unsure how to start? We will guide you through the first steps of community building and market research and will share the networks’ learnings with you!

3

Become an Impact Hub Candidate Team

3

Become an Impact Hub Candidate Team

Get ready to roll up your sleeves! Once you are a candidate, the real action begins. You will get access to our knowledge base, capacity building opportunities and coaching. We will help you create your business plan for the upcoming 5 years, crunch the numbers with you and support you to build connections with other Impact Hubs.

4

Receive your Impact Hub license approval

4

Receive your Impact Hub license approval

Your plans are in place and you feel ready to launch Impact Hub? Before doing so, your business plan will undergo a thorough review by a panel of Impact Hub experts. If all goes well and you have paid your license fees, your team will receive the Impact Hub license!

5

Launch your Impact Hub

5

Launch your Impact Hub

Welcome to the network! Now your team is a co-owner of the network and you can start putting all your ideas into action! You will establish your enterprise, launch your first programs, broaden your community and open the doors to your innovation space.

1

Build your co-founding team

Every Impact Hub starts with a team! The first step is to find your co-founders for Impact Hub that know your city and region and can represent your community.

2

Dive into your local ecosystem

Building a movement for impact in your city requires a deep understanding of your local context, market and community. Unsure how to start? We will guide you through the first steps of community building and market research and will share the networks’ learnings with you!

3

Become an Impact Hub Candidate Team

Get ready to roll up your sleeves! Once you are a candidate, the real action begins. You will get access to our knowledge base, capacity building opportunities and coaching. We will help you create your business plan for the upcoming 5 years, crunch the numbers with you and support you to build connections with other Impact Hubs.

4

Receive your Impact Hub license approval

Your plans are in place and you feel ready to launch Impact Hub? Before doing so, your business plan will undergo a thorough review by a panel of Impact Hub experts. If all goes well and you have paid your license fees, your team will receive the Impact Hub license!

5

Launch your Impact Hub

Welcome to the network! Now your team is a co-owner of the network and you can start putting all your ideas into action! You will establish your enterprise, launch your first programs, broaden your community and open the doors to your innovation space.

Ready to start?

ARE YOU A TEAM OF 3-5 CHANGEMAKERS

THAT IS EXCITED TO LAUNCH IMPACT HUB AS AS LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS?

We are excited to get to know you and your ideas for bringing Impact Hub to your city!
Schedule a call with our team or simply get in touch with us via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LAUNCH 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 ARE THE COSTS 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 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 IN RAISING FUNDS OR SEARCHING 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.

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.