Impact Starter: Scholarship programme for social startups

  • Scholarship

    Start-up consultancy for young people who are unemployed or threatened by unemployment. Impact Starter is currently offered in Hamburg.

  • Selection process

    Before being accepted in the scholarship programme, selected applicants present their projects in a pitching session.

  • Apply

    We want to get to know you, your idea, the specific social problem and how you propose to solve it. Please check the upcoming pitch dates.


  • Who can apply?

    Socially innovative entrepreneurs with fresh, new ideas to make the world a little better. It doesn't matter whether you start out as a single entrepreneur or in a team, nor what type of legal form (incorporated association, registered cooperative society, limited liability company... etc.) your startup will have. It doesn't make any difference whether you work on web 2.0-based solutions, initiate donation/aid projects or develop products or services – we support you from the idea development to the start of your business and beyond.

    • Anyone with a socially innovative idea and whose company has not yet entered the market yet.
    • Anyone who has creative and entrepreneurial talent
    • and has sufficient time to start a business
    • Anyone who wants to work on his/her ideas jointly with other social entrepreneurs at one of the locations

    Scholarship

    We support social start-ups in the launch phase of their socially innovative business ideas. Enabled by Barclays, we offer individual coaching, professional consulting for specific business creation topics in the field of social entrepreneurship, mentoring, co-working space, addressing and matching to potential financing partners as well as professional assistance in writing applications for financial support e.g. foundation and government aid. The programme has an equivalent value of 12.500 EUR and runs for up to eight months.

    Selection process

    Before being accepted in the scholarship programme, selected applicants present their projects in a pitching session. In just 5 minutes, you should try to convince us by presenting your idea and the social problem to be solved. The team and the concept should be introduced as well.

    Jury

    We are supported by various partners with their knowledge and expertise.  With these partners, we jointly select the social startups during the application process. Together with our partners, we give every scholarship holder individual feedback and advice after about 4 months' work on the social project. Different partners participate as jury members on a rotational basis.