Start an Impact Hub

Do you want to make a difference in your city? Join us in building a community of ideas, action, and social innovation. Whether you’re rebranding or starting from scratch, we’re here to help you create a lasting impact.

Welcome to the Impact Hub Founding Journey – your launchpad for starting an Impact Hub in your city.

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Hey future founder!

Starting an Impact Hub can be challenging, but our global community and team are here to guide you every step of the way. The Impact Hub Founding Journey will support you in crafting your application and, upon success, officially joining the Impact Hub Network. This journey will help you build a strong foundation for your future Impact Hub.


The Impact Hub Founding Journey is your ultimate guide to starting an Impact Hub in your city! The journey begins with a 100-day application phase, during which we will work on your license application while developing and validating your tailored Impact Hub model within your community.

 

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Here's a sneak peek of the Impact Hub Founding Journey:

  • Access a digital course covering the fundamentals of the Impact Hub model.
  • Receive personalised Onboarding Coach support from an Impact Hub business expert during the application process.
  • Participate in two bootcamps facilitated by your Onboarding Coach to help you adapt the Impact Hub model to your local context.
  • Benefit from the Impact Hub Global Team support and guidance.
  • Connect with others within the Network based on your needs and areas of interest.
  • Utilise comprehensive resources, including templates and guides, to help you develop a strong application.

In the first year as an Impact Hub Founder:

  • Gain full access to the brand and the benefits of a global community.
  • Receive ongoing support during your first year of operations.
  • Benefit from fundraising and business development coaching during the first six months.
  • Learn to navigate the global Network and maximise its benefits with a personalised onboarding experience.

 

Apply now and begin your founding journey to build a strong foundation for your future Impact Hub!

Make a difference as an Impact Hub founder

We are a locally-rooted and globally connected Network of Impact Makers. Build a strong and talented local team and embark on this journey to start an Impact Hub in your city! From market validation to the grand opening, we’ll support you every step of the way! Hear from our co-founders:

Why start 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 invite you to become part of our community. Join our next Future Founders event or group info call to kick-start your journey.

Here’s how it works

Join our next Future Founders Day or group information call for inspiration, questions, and insights on how to start an Impact Hub in your city.
Fill in our pre-application form with your co-founding team. After reviewing your application and getting to know your vision, our team will invite you for a short interview. If accepted, you may begin your founding journey.
Once approved, each new team must pay an application fee of €4,000*. This fee is non-refundable. After obtaining your Impact Hub license, this amount will be subtracted from the total Joining Fee. *Subject to change
Access the digital course to gain an understanding of the Impact Hub model. Upon completion, meet your Onboarding Coach to begin working on your application. Together, you’ll craft and test your customised local Impact Hub model.
Once you submit all necessary documents, your license application is complete. The 100-day Founding Journey concludes with a review of your license. Upon successful approval, you can finalise payment of the remaining joining fee and officially become a part of our Network.
Welcome to the Network! The moment has finally arrived. You are now ready to launch your Impact Hub within the next 12 months. Rest assured, our global team and experts will be there every step of the way, with ongoing support for your team.

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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 be 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. A physical home for your community will elevate the change you can create together. However, our spaces vary in size, shape, look & feel – some of our Impact Hubs are large scale coworking & meeting infrastructures, while 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 community’s needs and values.
There is a one-time Joining Fee* ranging from €13,000 to €30,000, depending on the GDP of the city applying. Upon acceptance into the Impact Hub Founding Journey, there is an application fee of €4,000 per team. This amount is subtracted from the total Joining Fee. For instance, if the Joining Fee for your city is €30,000, you will pay €4,000 upon acceptance into the Journey, with the remaining €26,000 payable upon receiving your Impact Hub license. Once you're part of the network, each Impact Hub pays a monthly membership fee equivalent to 2.5% of the revenue generated after taxes under the Impact Hub brand. Additional charges apply for services such as technology and events. *Subject to change
The whole application phase takes about 3-4 months. As each context and team is different, the timeline may vary. The application phase, as the title suggests, shall be no longer than 100 days. The 100-day Founding Journey closes with the licence review. Once you have the licence, your team has up to 12 months to start the full Impact Hub experience.
Impact Hub does not allow co-branding since we don’t want to give the impression that various entities host or even own the Impact Hub jointly. Once you join the Impact Hub Network, you become a full member of the Network and the Impact Hub brand will have to replace the current local brand.
Your local team is responsible for fundraising to secure the necessary investment for your Impact Hub. We provide each team with a Fundraising Coach for support during the first 6 months of operations. Additionally, you can leverage the Network for best practices, inspiration, and connections to facilitate fundraising efforts.

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