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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.

Startup Guide Germany

A selection of our reports

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.

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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.

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Latest updates

31 January

Materials are created and used in almost every industry; from housing to manufactured goods, from mobility to construction. Circular marketplaces are playing a crucial role in the new economy by changing the way we use, manufacture and purpose materials and products. Circular marketplaces are widely recognised alongside second-hand marketplaces — yet circular marketplaces are not only limited to resale products. So what actually is a circular marketplace?
21 November

Impact Hub Berlin has chosen and announced the fourth group of Circular Together participants, our early-stage Circular Economy Incubator. With the support of the Berliner Startup Stipendium, Impact Hub Berlin has been running the Circular Together Incubation Programme for the last two years and Batch #4 will be kicking off at the beginning of December 2022!
20 October

What is the Degrowth theory, and how could it potentially be used to reduce unsustainable economic growth? We explore how degrowth could be used to combat difficult global existential issues, and the theory relates to the circular economy.
13 October

greenwashing
Greenwashing -- coined by environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1980s -- is a term used to describe false or misleading information about a company's sustainability or environmental practises. What does this look like in the real world? We explore how companies can knowingly (and unknowingly) be guilty of this harmful practise.
5 October

Berlins Soziale Unternehmen social finalists
In September the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises celebrated nine outstanding social enterprises with a proven track record of positive impact in and around Berlin. In partnership with Impact Hub Berlin and Social Economy Berlin, the Berlins Soziale Unternehmen award is the first of its kind, but hopes to encourage more of Berlin’s start-ups, ventures and enterprises to make social impact an important part of their growth. The event was held at our sustainable, circular co-working space and brought together members of our Berlin community to celebrate social impact and a greener future.
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