The Social Impact Award 2016 Kicks-Off

Our world is changing. All around the globe people have started to get actively committed to drive this change for the better. More than ever before nonprofits and social enterprises are founded to address our major societal challenges. Especially the younger generation is increasingly driven by passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future, often aside of their studies.

The Social Impact Award supports students by inviting them to create their own project ideas aiming at addressing specific societal problems creatively and innovatively.

At its 8th edition, in 2016 the competition takes place in 11 countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovia (NEW), Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro (NEW), Serbia, Slovak Republic, Romania, and Russia.

In Austria, the Social Impact Award is operated by the Impact Hub Vienna, which provides participants with professional know-how, space for exchanging ideas, feedback and funding to support young entrepreneurs in their first steps of their social or ecological projects.

By participating in the Social Impact Award students can develop their own project ideas while taking part in a series of workshops that are happening in many cities around the countries mentioned above, on topics such as: social entrepreneurship, business modeling, idea generation, business planning etc.

For ideas and more inspiration, check out some of the best projects that were developed in previous editions of the Social Impact Award:

Join the kick-off events coming up in your countries!

Austria: 14 January 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Impact Hub Vienna (Lindengasse 56, 1070, Vienna). Have a look at the programme and register here, while here you can find detailed info about the competition process.

Czech Republic: 23 February 2016, 7:30 p.m., at the Impact Hub Prague (Drtinova 557/10, 150 00 Praha 5-Smíchov) & 1 March 2016, 7 p.m., at the Impact Hub Brno (Cyrilská 7, 602 00 Brno-střed)

For updates on the kick-off events, the workshop calendars, and application deadlines, check the competition’s local web pages at

The Social Impact Award was founded in 2009 by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the WU Vienna and ERSTE Foundation has been since the beginning the regional partner for the CEE region.