Impact Hub Seed Programs

The Impact Hub Seed Program aims to identify and support local teams to establish Impact Hubs in their city through dedicated incubation support. The program connects teams to existing Impact Hub Founders, who provide dedicated and personalized support to the selected candidate teams seeking to join the network. Each applying teams receives context relevant support and learns from invaluable network experiences on the revenue generating models, partnership building, member attraction and community building models that have been important in building and sustaining successful Impact Hubs, globally. In this way, teams seeking to join the network receive the benefit of lessons learned from 10+ years in this sector.

In 2014, the Africa Seed Program was launched  in partnership with Impact Hub, Siemens Stiftung, Argidius Foundation and the BMW Foundation. The second Seed program, launched in 2015, was part of a larger Resilience Project supported by Cordaid. Together, these programs supported 7 Impact Hubs to join the global network.

Resilience Program

Impact Hub and Cordaid developed the Resilience Africa Program with the belief that entrepreneurs in complex contexts are incredibly resourceful and have immense potential. This potential lies not only in strengthening their own economies, civic societies and country systems, but also in contributing to the rest of the world with their ability to innovate, develop and grow prosperous businesses.

Fellowship Program

Impact Hub Fellowship is a topic focused entrepreneurial award and one-year incubation program, designed to enable early stage entrepreneurs to realize their innovative ideas for a more sustainable world. Initiated at Impact Hub Zürich in 2011, Impact Hub Fellowship is since being scaled within in the Impact Hub network. Currently, the program operates in 6 countries across three continents. In Africa, Fellowship Programs were also run in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Bujumbura, Burundi. This topic-focused incubation program identified and selected 12 entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and provided further support and seed funding to 6 most promising initiatives.

Research and Thought Leadership

Impact Hub and Cordaid convened a series of dialogues and events through 2015, starting in Kigali and Berlin, and culminating in the Re-Imagining Resilience Conference in Addis Ababa. These dialogues with entrepreneurs and thought leaders, sought to understand entrepreneurs' challenges and opportunities in different contexts and to develop a deeper understanding of what makes entrepreneurs “resilient” – what they need to thrive and what key services, support and interventions are critical in challenging environments.