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Looking for insights on impact trends, or news from our community and programmes? Read our Impact Hub Berlin news blog for short, sharp stories about people changing the world, from our team and guest contributors.

Selected press

Our work, community and programmes have received local, national and international coverage. Don’t just take our word for it – read our selection of press clippings.

A selection of our reports

Impact Report 2022

Impact Hub Berlin’s 2022 Impact Report is out! Check out some of the highlights:

  • Opened CRCLR House, the largest Impact Hub in Europe built on circular principles
  • Teamed up with two new ecosystem partners: Miele and Rentenbank
  • Developed an ecosystem approach focused on Circular Economy, Sustainable Food, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Green Tech
  • Doubled our team, grew our space by 6x, and expanded our community from 125 to 470 members
  • Provided 11 programs including Circular Together and Feeding the City with 60% female founders, supporting 107 impact innovators and 64 ventures
  • Redefined growth and made bold strategic choices to bring more scale to impact

Check out our full report to learn more.

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Impact Hub Berlin 2021 Impact Report

Cover of the Impact Hub Berlin 2021 Impact Report

Every step we take in the past leads us to where we are today, and 2021 was definitely the springboard for our dedication to the increased impact we have today! 

In 2021, Impact Hub Berlin: 

💪 Experienced 29% growth in our community with 132 new members

💪 Saw 40% of our members introduce or revamp products within their organisation

💪 Hosted 110 community events, including: Kaffee & Kuchen, Community lunch, and Meet the Changemakers

💪 Ran 15+ programmes and projects for partners like GIZ, British Embassy, Fraunhofer Institut, Bethmann Bank, and the Berliner Senat

💪 Offered 1000+ hours of support within our programmes

💪 Supported 156 teams and ventures in their entrepreneurial journey

Check out our full Impact Report for 2021 for all the details to find out more about our evolution.


Zirkuläres Bauen in Berlin – Transformationsroadmap

The innovative field of circular construction in Berlin is populated by a variety of different actors. They pioneer projects, business models and practices that contribute to resource conservation and climate protection along the life cycle of building projects. The methodologies range from building designs in modular timber, to the conversion and re-use of existing buildings and the reuse of used components, to the high-quality recycling of building materials for other purposes.

Impact Hub Berlin was happy to be a co-author of this report in ‘Wissen. Wandel. Berlin.’ as part of the Circular City Berlin project.

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GIZ Market Access Programme – Closure Report

Recognizing entrepreneurship as a key lever to sustainable economic growth and employment creation, the Government of India launched several initiatives to support female entrepreneurship. As a result, Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ), has been implementing the project “Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women” (Project Her&Now).

In order to provide further growth avenues for a selected number of programme participants of the Her&Now Programme, GIZ partnered with Impact Hub Berlin (IHB) to develop the Market
Access Programme, which prepares 10 women entrepreneurs for market entry to Germany. After a successful first round in 2021, the Market Access Programme 2022 (MAP’22) equipped the
second cohort with relevant knowledge and networks to expand their businesses to the German market.

IHB was responsible for the overall operational execution of the programme including the concept development, the selection of participants, speakers and experts as well as general project
management throughout the programme. To make the programme more impactful, IHB also helped in drawing up a customized action plan (roadmap) for each participating entrepreneur to help them be better equipped for their journey to access German markets.


Impact Hub Berlin launches the fourth edition of “Feeding the City”

We’re thrilled to announce that for a fourth consecutive year our six-month online incubation programme, Feeding the City, will support startups working to bring their sustainable food solutions to life.

Click below to download the official press release about the launch of cohort number four!


Latest updates

4 May

In this article, we explore how the two concepts of circular economy and biodiversity interact by looking at the impact that the current biodiversity loss has on our economies and societies, and how the circular economy can help to tackle this crisis.
24 April

Bringing people together through food and social cooking at Open Kitchen, hosted at Impact Hub Berlin.
21 April

In order to fight sustainability issues worldwide, circularity in cities becomes of ever-more importance. Startups can be agents of change, by disrupting business-as-usual through new ideas and innovations. Berlin offers startups a favourable environment for circular entrepreneurship, resulting in a vibrant and innovative startup scene. In this article, we present eight innovative startups from Berlin and highlight how they have changed or will change their industries.
16 March

Place for Sustainable Business in Berlin Press conference
This week the German Sustainable Business Association (BNW), Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND) and Impact Hub Berlin GmbH proudly launched the Place for Sustainable Business in Berlin (Ort für Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften) — a project funded by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business that helps businesses in Berlin transition towards more sustainable practices, increases the visibility of sustainable business and promotes cooperation to shape tomorrow's economy.
10 March

Policies and regulations play a key role in creating an enabling environment for a circular economy. We conducted an assessment of current legislative trends and developments, and investigated how they will push circularity forward – here in Berlin, on a national level and beyond.

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