What we do

We want social entrepreneurship to happen. That's why we offer different programs to inspire, connect and enable entrepreneurs and those who'd like to become one.

You want to start your own social business

Our programs support you in different phases of your start-up: from ideation to implementation and acceleration.

You have an idea and want to implement it.



Climate-KIC, Impact Hub Zürich and WWF Schweiz are looking for innovative, scalable ideas to tackle climate change. Thus we have launched the innovate4climate (I4C) competition. At I4C you can submit and develop ideas whilst collaborating with others. You can gain traction and win support worth up to CHF 15’000 to turn your early-stage idea into a full-fledged concept including a thought-through business model. Interested?

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Impact Hub Zürich, social impact and SAP Schweiz AG are looking for start-ups that adopt innovative and scalable methods to tackle social and environmental problems. social impact start (SIS) supports social start-ups from idea through implementation in a 4-8 month incubation stipend. All social and/or environmental ideas are welcome!

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Social Impact Award

Social Impact Award is an education program and idea competition for students looking to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. It’s our mission to promote the spirit of social entrepreneurship among Swiss students and present opportunities to pursue a career in this field.

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You are about to implement your idea and need support.


Impact Hub Fellowship

Impact Hub Fellowship is a topic focused entrepreneurial idea award and one-year incubation program designed to attract, select and support early stage impact orientated entrepreneurs and help them realise their innovations for a more sustainable world.

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You are looking to scale your venture.


Investment Ready Program

The goal of the Investment Ready Program is to advance social entrepreneurship through capacity building on the side of social entrepreneurs and on the side of impact investors. The program has been initiated by Social-Impact International and the Impact Hub Vienna in fall 2011, with a strong focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In 2013/2014 Investment Ready hosts warm-up workshops in eight different cities, one of them being Zürich.

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You want to join an existing start-up

We offer different programs which give you the chance to join an existing social enterprise and get started.

You are a student interested in the field of social enterprise.



Summerpreneurship brings early stage impact-driven start-ups together with talented students who are looking for an exciting summer internship with a duration of 8-10 weeks (in the period between June and September 2014). This way, students will have a unique experience of getting to know the social entrepreneurship sector.

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You are a professional interested in social enterprise.



Many impact-driven start-ups need competent people with professional experience to complement their team but don’t know how to find them. Does that sound familiar to you? Are you missing the time and money to search for the perfect match? Then Match.Me.Up! might be the thing for you. Our comparably low-cost (and low-risk) program helps you to find skilled professionals to grow your start-up!

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The build-up of a complementary set of start-up programs is supported by:

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