Convinced that inclusive economic growth is one of the primary drivers of change in low-income countries, Argidius promotes the growth of small growing businesses through intermediary organizations, in order to improve the lives of the poor through increased income generation. In our partnership with Argidius, we aim to support the growth of locally-driven entrepreneurial communities in Africa and Latin America. As a strategic partner of Impact Hub, Argidius has supported Impact Hub’s successful expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America which is now being followed by the Latin America Scaling Program (link TBD). Argidius has also kindly supported a strategic initiative that aims to strengthen the performance of existing Impact Hubs and collaboration across the network as it grows to 100+ cities worldwide.
BMW FOUNDATION HERBERT QUANDT
The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future. Our partnership with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt builds on a fruitful collaboration in the past, that enabled us to catalyze new strategic initiatives. We are now moving to the next phase of our partnership, where Impact Hub becomes a strategic partner of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt serving as a local touch point around the world for the activities and events of the foundation and the Responsible Leaders Network.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND
WWF’s mission is to stop degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. In the partnership we are combining decades of natural conservation expertise with entrepreneurial action for transformational impact in the areas of food, oceans, forests and climate & energy. We aim to find, accelerate, and scale solutions and prototype new approaches that address environmental issues as well as create economic opportunity for local communities. In more than 10 countries unlikely allies are convened to hack environmental problems or environmental entrepreneurs are supported through programs like the deforestation challenge in Brazil or the Sustainable Seafood pilot in Japan.
ROBERT BOSCH STIFTUNG
Together with Robert Bosch Stiftung, we view networks as a powerful and growing form of helping people and organizations collaborate towards positive social and environmental outcomes. We also recognize that networks can also become societal silos of like-minded people and mindsets, insulated from important and stimulating challenges to their thinking and knowledge. Our partnership focuses on exploring how can networks deepen their strategies and their impact while remaining open to the ideas, the influences and possible partnerships with others. We are also prototyping ways how members of different networks can connect and collaborate with each other.
The DOEN Foundation believes in a green, socially inclusive and creative society. It supports initiatives that use enterprising approaches to actively come up with innovative solutions with a focus on these three themes. Our partnership began in the Netherlands where the DOEN Foundation has supported the growth of Impact Hub Amsterdam and the Investment Ready Program. More recently, we have worked together to help to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa by creating a facilitative environment for entrepreneurs to grow their ideas into sustainable and scalable business.
AXA is a global insurance company and the world’s first insurance brand. Its mission is to empower people to live better lives. AXA and Impact Hub started working together as early as in 2013 and in 2017, they have launched Impact Prevention program to find one great initiative somewhere in the world that is dedicated to helping people to live better lives through risk prevention services with a real impact on health and safety.
Booking.com is the biggest online accommodation platform with roots in entrepreneurship, has partnered with Impact Hub to design and launch a startup accelerator program Booking Booster. It seeks to empower extraordinary startups that protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage, and/or promote inclusive growth in tourism. This program selected ventures using their business as a means to improve destinations around the world while aiming to turn tourism into a force for good.
An ongoing collaboration builds a strong relationship among Impact Hub, its members, and European Commission. Thanks to its support, Impact Hub acts as implementer of projects such as BENISI, European Social Innovation Competition and Social Challenge Innovation Platform. Through these projects Impact Hub has strengthened its fundamental role in reaching and mobilizing the European community of social innovators throughout challenges competition that brings valuable impact to the society through small grants schemes.
THE MULTILATERAL INVESTMENT FUND
The Multilateral Investment Fund serves as the Inter-American Development Bank Group´s innovation laboratory. Its mission is to promote development through the private sector by identifying, supporting, testing and piloting new solutions to development challenges and seeking to create opportunities for the poor and vulnerable populations in the Latin American and Caribbean region. To fulfill its role, the MIF engages and inspires the private sector and works with the public sector when needed.
Siemens Stiftung promotes sustainable social development, which is crucially dependent on access to basic services, high-quality education and an understanding of culture. Our partnership started with a program that enabled expansion of Impact Hub in Africa. We are currently working together in Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa on a project that aims to support impact-driven entrepreneurs who design, prototype and manufacture physical products that serve the needs of their local communities.