Open an Impact Hub

Bring change to your city! Build a community of ideas, action, and social transformation. Whether you’re rebranding or starting from scratch, we’re here to help you create a lasting impact!

Welcome to our Candidate Academy – the ultimate launchpad for you to bring an Impact Hub to your city.

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Hey future founder!

Ready to elevate your entrepreneurial journey by joining our global Network? Launching an Impact Hub in your city can supercharge your impact efforts.


We understand that starting an Impact Hub can be challenging. That’s why our global community and team are here to guide you along the way. Join our 5-month Candidate Academy to acquire an Impact Hub license, connect with like-minded teams, and access the tools needed for creating thriving communities, spearheading innovative projects, and achieving your goals. Want to know more? Attend our Future Founders Day event with aspiring entrepreneurs – like you – to learn more about the process.

Build better business for a better future

From market validation to the grand opening, we’ll support you along the way!

Why open an Impact Hub

Global brand recognition

Build trust and credibility with a strong recognisable brand. This will help you attract potential customers, partners, and investors.

Resilient business model

The Impact Hub business model has proven to be competitive and resilient, making it a strong foundation for your social enterprise.

Ready-made network

Our established network of social entrepreneurs, innovators and mentors can help you connect with like-minded individuals and grow your business.

Allies & partners

Build relationships with local, regional, and global organisations that share your commitment to creating positive social and environmental impact.

Knowledge & learning

Elevate your skills with capacity-building sessions and knowledge-sharing platforms. Learn from experts and peers for collective growth.

Expand reach

Tap into a diverse network of 25,000 Impact Makers across 60+ countries, each with their unique perspectives, talents, and visions.

Unlock a world of possibilities

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned professional, or a passionate change-maker, we welcome you to be part of our community. Join our next Future Founders event or group call to kick-start your journey.

Here’s how it works

Join our Future Founders Event or group call for inspiration, questions, and insights from successful Impact Hub co-founders worldwide.
Send in your application to join a cohort of visionaries teams who share your passion for creating positive change on a local and global scale and want to bring Impact Hub to their cities.
Prepare for the Impact Hub Candidate Academy and learning experience. We'll support you and your team on building your local model and support you on fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
Complete your application by submitting the necessary documents and paying the fee. Once your application undergoes review and, if all goes well, gains approval from our Membership Committee, you'll gain access to our brand, tools, and resources.
Welcome to the family! You are now ready to launch and grow your Impact Hub, with support from our team and community.

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All your questions answered

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.
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.
For starting an Impact Hub from scratch, there is a Candidate Payment of €1,200, due after your team applies, and a Joining Payment, which varies based on local economic factors, ranging from €9,000 to €26,000. Once part of the network, every Impact Hub pays a monthly fee equal to 2.5% of the revenues generated through the Impact Hub brand, with additional charges for services like technology and events.
The Onboarding Process is divided into different stages that help you tackle the founding journey along the way. As each context and team is different, the timeline varies!. The Candidate Phase lasts 5 months until the licence application. Once you have the licence, your team has up to 18 months to launch the full Impact Hub experience.
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.
When rebranding an existing organisation as an Impact Hub, there is a Candidate Payment of €2,000, which is later deducted from the Joining Fee. The Joining Payment varies based on local economic factors and ranges from €6,000 to €20,000. Additionally, once part of the network, every Impact Hub pays a monthly fee equal to 2.5% of the revenues generated through the Impact Hub brand, with additional charges for services like technology and events.
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.

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