Social Impact Award 2011: A prize for social projects developed by Austrian University students

The winning team of “Lüxing Laoshi” at the award ceremony. From left: Prof. Nikolaus Franke, Clarissa Reikersdorfer, Ulrike Bronner, Nicole Traxler (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, WU Wien),  Roman Mesicek (enorm Magazin), Sarah Stamatiou (HUB Vienna). Photo: Thomas Kronsteiner

30 May 2011, HUB Vienna
5 winners selected from 84 project ideas of over 280 students

The winning projects are:

  • NSP New Solar Pump: a solar pump station that works without maintenance 
  • Project Butterfly: a contact point for forced prostitutes with migratory background, where they can inform themselves about their rights and ways to get out of prostitution
  • whatchado: an educational platform for young people that offers information about possible careers and life styles through video interviews
  • Lüxing Laoshi: a training programme for Chinese construction workers
  • the CONNECTION: a café, where teenagers with migratory background can earn first work experiences and take part in German classes and recruitment trainings, thereby fostering their chances in the labour market

Each of the winners receives a scholarship worth 4,000 euros for the implementation of the project idea and a 3-month full membership in the innovative work space HUB Vienna. Four of the winners were selected by a jury consisting of Marie Ringler (Ashoka Austria), Jennifer Rowe (good.bee), Peter Vandor (Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, WU Wien), Renate Pretscher (Verbund AG) and Michael Fembek (programme director at Essl Privatstiftung), while the 5th winner was elected through an online community voting.

The Social Impact Award is the biggest social entrepreneurship competition for University students in Austria. The prize has been awarded for the 3rd time this year as a cooperation of ERSTE Foundation, good.bee, Air Berlin and the Wirtschaftskammer Wien.

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