ABOUT US

Impact cannot happen in isolation. It requires collective action. Impact Hubs make up a global network of people, places, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyze impact.

 

Impact Hubs are where change goes to work. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, we offer our members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact. We believe a better world evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose.  Joining our diverse community of members and collaborators will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.

OUR NETWORK

From Amsterdam to Johannesburg, Singapore to San Francisco, we are a rapidly expanding, diverse global network of over 11,000+ members in 80+ locations.

Another world is happening and you’re invited to take part in it.  What began as a single Hub in London in 2005 has evolved into a global network of people taking action towards a single purpose: impact. Step into any one of our Impact Hubs around the world and experience a unique combination of people, spaces and programs that inspire and empower people to realize enterprising ideas for sustainable impact. Although each local Impact Hub has their own unique community, Impact Makers from around the world come together on a global scale to share stories, aspirations, and accomplishments that celebrate our collective impact.
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OUR IMPACT

We are committed to continually understanding, measuring and adjusting our efforts to ensure impact.

Our Impact Report is here!

Impact is at the core of everything we do. Across our global network, we take our commitment to defining, understanding and measuring the impact of our work seriously. Each year we are therefore conducting an annual Global Member Survey and publish the results openly.

What is Included in the Impact Report?

Derived from a global sample of more than 1,900 members in 42 Impact Hubs, our most recent survey paints a colorful picture of the impact being created across our network. It captured a whole range of information from defining who our members are and what they are doing, to understanding how they are creating impact in society, as well as what role Impact Hub has played in supporting their journey from intention to impact.Click here to read our Impact Report and find a snapshot of our network, members, and key results achieved throughout the past year.

What is the Impact Report Used For?

Our commitment to impact does not stop with measurement and evaluation. The results of our annual survey inform our strategic plans, help us identify and advance best practices, and support the further development of a coherent theory of change.

Our data is trustworthy

All data and information has been independently analysed and compiled by Vienna University of Economics in order to ensure that we are tracking relevant data and to avoid bias towards our own performance.

 OUR PARTNERS

Common problems require collaborative solutions. Creating the change we want in the world is a collaborative effort. 

 

Around the world Impact Hubs partner with a variety of like-minded organizations to mutually support each other to build sustainable solutions for the world. Thanks to our physical presence and locally-embedded collaborative communities, our partners access a unique source of social innovation, a global enabling platform to run issue-focused programs, and an inspiring environment to learn and increase their social impact. 

We challenge you to use the power of your business to drive meaningful social change. We welcome new alliances with businesses, individuals and organizations looking to increase their reach contribution to the social impact economy.  

If you would like to explore a potential partnership, get in touch with us here.  

OUR TEAM

Our skills and personalities are as diverse as our locations, yet we are united by our common commitment to support the growth and well-being of our global network.

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Ryan Little

Ryan Little

Ryan Little is Global Business Development Manager for Impact Hub, where he is responsible for supporting the organisation’…

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Kamael Sugrim

Kamael Sugrim

Kamael Sugrim is passionate about business strategies and investments that promote economic development in global markets. Sh…

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Martin Wild

Martin Wild

Martin provides legal advice and works closely with the legal counsel as well as the respective leads to advance strategies, …

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Petruta Stoica

Petruta Stoica

Born in Romania, Petruta spent her childhood in Bucharest. In 2006, she attended university at Bucharest University of Econo…

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Karl-Heinz Fellinger

Karl-Heinz Fellinger

Karl-Heinz is from Vienna, where he has been involved in Impact Hub Vienna and Global financing in his capacity as Risk Direc…

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Anne Kathrin Merkle

Anne Kathrin Merkle

Anne is the Strategy Associate of the Development team, focusing on the development of a business planning process and its ex…

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Anja Simić

Anja Simić

Anja combined her passion for languages and marketing and graduated in Media and communications. Born and raised in Belgrade,…

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Madalina Serban

Madalina Serban

Born and raised in a small family in Bucharest, Romania in 1978, formally educated in International Affairs and PR & Comm…

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Shariha Khalid

Shariha Khalid

Shariha is our Asia Regional Business Development Lead. She works together with our Network Development team to support the r…

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Whitney Schaefer

Whitney Schaefer

Whitney was born in Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her 10 ye…

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Edilaine de Abreu

Edilaine de Abreu

Edilaine is a Public Relations professional and has work experience in large agencies for over 10 years, moving through the a…

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Sarah Stamatiou Nichols

Sarah Stamatiou Nichols

Sarah is our Global Impact Coordinator. She leads the global member survey and builds capacity for impact management across …

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Phil Gaskin

Phil Gaskin

Phil is Global's Development Lead and Chief Operating Officer, Mission Hub LLC Philip Gaskin is the COO of Mission Hub L…

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Christoph Birkholz

Christoph Birkholz

Dr. Christoph Birkholz is an entrepreneur based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is co-founder and managing director of Impact Hub …

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HANNA RUDDIES

HANNA RUDDIES

Born and raised in Hamburg, Hanna’ background is in Internal Business. Passionate about social change, Hanna coordinates th…

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Niels Rot

Niels Rot

Niels’ studies in international business took him to France, Spain and Ecuador before finally settling in Switzerland. He c…

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Elisabeth Cramer

Elisabeth Cramer

Elisabeth grew up in Massachusetts and is currently based in Berlin. She has lived in New York, San Francisco and Paris, wher…

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Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Brian works on ventures at the intersection of the future and the commons. He is cofounder and COO of Elevator (goelevator.co…

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Matthias Reisinger

Matthias Reisinger

Matthias is one of the co-founders of Impact Hub Vienna. Parallel to his studies in Business Administration and Technology, M…

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Flora Rosenow

Flora Rosenow

Flora is a marketing communications and branding professional with a strong international track record. Her background includ…

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Nicholas Merriam

Nicholas Merriam

Nicholas Merriam’s career has been focused solely on working with mission-driven organizations, blending experiences in the…

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Vladimir Olarte

Vladimir Olarte

Vlad has a passion for development issues and social innovation. He is the co-founder and former president of Columbia Univer…

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Andrea Lelovics

Andrea Lelovics

Andrea is our Scaling Program Coordinator and is currently based in Bratislava/Slovakia and is commuting across Impact Hubs w…

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Goran Ridjic

Goran Ridjic

Goran began in April and is based in Belgrade/Serbia. He is already working with the Impact Hub Belgrade team and has previously

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Damjan Raic

Damjan Raic

Damjan joined Impact Hub beginning 2015, leading the Resilience Africa program. He has an academic background both in psychol…

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Alberto Massetti- Zannini

Alberto Massetti- Zannini

Alberto is the Global Development Lead for the Impact Hub Network, Development Director at Impact Hub King's Cross in Lo…

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Laura Grassi

Laura Grassi

Laura joined Impact Hub Company in early 2015 as HR coordinator for the Impact Hub Global team. She is now also responsible f…

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Itai Boublil

Itai Boublil

Itai is joining us following his role as Chief Marketing Officer of Impact Hub Singapore, and has already been extensively in…

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Pablo Handl

Pablo Handl

Pablo is global citizen, born in Buenos Aires, raised and studied business administration in Vienna and has been living in Br…

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Nada Abshir

Nada Abshir

As the Africa Lead for Impact Hub, Nada's role is to guide Impact Hub's growth into markets across Africa. She is …

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Petr Skvaril

Petr Skvaril

Born and raised in the Czech Republic, Petr has lived in the US, the Netherlands and currently commutes between Vienna and Pr…

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Bettina Hirzinger

Bettina Hirzinger

Passionate about innovative and successful business models that foster societal change, Bettina is leading performance measur…

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Tyler Tornaben

Tyler Tornaben

Tyler was born in South Florida and feels most at home near the sand and sea. Following the sun, she moved to the Bay Area wh…

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Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller

Now a permanent resident of South Africa, Natalie moved here in 2006 to start up Southern and Central Africa for the global n…

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Henrique Bussacos

Henrique Bussacos

Henrique is co-founder of Impact Hubs São Paulo, Floripa and Manaus. He was previously chair of Impact Hub Association Board…

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Hinnerk Hansen

Hinnerk Hansen

Hinnerk is a young, impact-driven entrepreneur and enabler. In early 2011, following his interim coordination of the global n…

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Lauren Higgins

Lauren Higgins

Lauren ignites experience. She is an creative producer, artist, and strategist committed to innovative design and change serv…

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Harald Gesierich

Harald Gesierich

Harald joined Impact Hub in July 2015. He is an Alumni from Vienna University of Business and Economics and gathered first in…

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Gabriela Gandel

Gabriela Gandel

As an experienced leader of innovative global organisations, organisational and personal development consultant and experient…

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Alyona Asyamova

Alyona Asyamova

Alyona is passionate about the social entrepreneurship sector and believes in its power to change the world. Originally from …

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Pablo Gavilan

Pablo Gavilan

Pablo started his first company in 2003, while attending university and has since co-founded three other internet companies. …

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Rodrigo Cauduro

Rodrigo Cauduro

Hi, I’m Rodrigo. I’m a digital entrepreneur. I started playing around the Internet in 1996. I’m very curious about diff…

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Tatiana Glad

Tatiana Glad

Tatiana is a social entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner and change strategist. She is passionate about systemic change…

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Alfredo Junior

Alfredo Junior

Alfredo is the Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Recife and current Board Director of Impact Hub Global, a network that provides …

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Claudia Valladares

Claudia Valladares

Claudia is a social entrepreneur passionate to make a difference in our world. She is co-founder and director of the Impact H…

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Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Richard is from London, where he has been involved with Impact Hub Kings Cross since its birth in 2008 as an investor, Direct…

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The first Impact Hub opened in central London in early 2005, and remains open and active to this day!  Located on the top floor of an old warehouse, Impact Hub London embodied the spirit of grassroots entrepreneurship. Everything was built from scratch, and the space was designed to provide a collaborative environment in which people could work, meet, and learn within a modular structure. It featured leaf-shaped tables that allowed for flexible co-working, a semi-open meeting room where users could hold workshops, a secluded library for quiet thinking, and a community kitchen where people could hold small meetings over lunch or coffee. There were no assigned work stations, so users would sit next to a different fellow user every time they visited the Hub. The main idea was to create a place where unlikely allies would meet by serendipity.

Probably! To find out if there is an Impact Hub in your city, simply click here.

An Impact Hub consists of three distinct elements. First, it is a vibrant community of passionate and entrepreneurial people who share an underlying intention to bring about positive change and act as peers to cross-fertilize and develop their ventures.  Second, It is a source of inspiration that provides meaningful content through thought-provoking events, innovation labs, learning spaces, incubation, programs and facilitated conversations that support positive impact.  Third, an Impact Hub is a physical space that offers a flexible and highly functional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect. The magic happens where these three elements connect and are brought to life through the art of hosting.

We set out to create spaces that borrow from the best – a prototyping lab, a start-up incubator, an inspiring office, a learning space and a think tank – to create a unique ecosystem for social innovation. Spaces with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop new ventures for sustainable impact by providing access to the right experience, knowledge, networks, finance and markets. But above all, spaces for meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things.

 

The idea has been spreading like wildfire and resulted in the emergence of a global movement to create Impact Hubs in more than 45 cities around the world.  From London to Melbourne, Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, San Francisco to Singapore, the community is rapidly growing in a way that is globally connected and locally embedded.

No. The Impact Hub IP and Brand is owned by the “Impact Hub Association”, a collective of all Impact Hubs.  The Association is the sole owner of “HUB GmbH (Impact Hub Company)”, a charitable company with the mandate to manage global operations and facilitate the development of the network as a whole, similar to hosting a local Impact Hub community. Impact Hub Company is currently run by a dispersed global team, several of which are local Impact Hub founders.

Partnerships with Impact Hubs have unique local and global reach.  Click here to contact us to explore global partnership and collaboration opportunities.

We will announce job opportunities as they become available through our newsletter and social media channels.  If you are passionate about working for an impact focused global organization, we invite you to sign up for our newsletter, like/follow us on social media so you can be the first to know.

What began as HUB in a single location in London 2005 has evolved into a global network of people taking action towards a single purpose: impact. As we move forward with the evolution of our global network, we felt it was important for us to showcase our purpose and bring ‘Impact’ to our name. Our focus is to shine the spotlight on what has been there all along–our commitment to Impact.

Creating an Impact Hub and joining our diverse community will inspire, connect, and enable your community to develop their best work every step of the way. If you are passionate about bringing the Impact Hub to your city and feel confident that you can build and engage a thriving community of “impact makers”, we are excited to help you make it happen.

To access all the information you need to better understand the process, head over and register on our Impact Makers site. This is your starting point in learning more about how to found an Impact Hub in your city.

At Impact Hub, we don’t have traditional receptionists who greet you when you arrive. We believe that in order to really make someone feel at home, we need to host people in the same way that we would in our own homes. That’s why we have hosts at every location who help connect you to other people and catalyze meaningful interactions. As part of its hosting effort, we organize various community-oriented events, including weekly lunches, business clinics, and skill-sharing sessions.