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F-LANE – The Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment Vol.4

How can we accelerate social ventures that utilise technology to empower women worldwide?

Partners

Logo Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Logo Impact Hub Berlin
Logo Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Country

Global

Project

  • Global trendscouting
  • Selection funnel to identify top five ventures
  • Hosting a 7 week accelerator program for high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment

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Insights
Many women are still excluded from the workforce, especially when it comes to technology and business. F-LANE’s objective is to ensure that women play a leading role in shaping the future. It is an urgent need to create gender-inclusive technology and promote women’s participation in education, workforce, entrepreneurship, leadership, and, ultimately, digitalization. Technology offers a huge potential to overcome gender inequalities. 

  • 7 week accelerator – how we build companies without shares
    • Tailored curriculum to teach hard skills
      Led by the leading competence center for education for societal change, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, the startups benefit from a curriculum specifically designed to meet their individual needs. Consisting of team sessions and individual coachings, the curriculum builds key competences around business, impact and financial models.
    • Experience program to individually match ventures to high-potentials
      Connections are key for young entrepreneurs to accelerate growth – the experience program aims at ingraining the startups into the Berlin ecosystem of social entrepreneurs, industry partners, impact investors and individually matches them with experienced mentors
  • Global Trend-scouting of new ventures that use tech to empower women
  • Over 90% of applications have female co-founders or board members
  • Over 6 million EUR raised in funding
  • Matched 15 finalists with handpicked mentors
  • General Trends we’ve spotted
    • Businesses using emerging technologies in developing countries seem to be more assured about their business model, compared to their equivalents in developing countries
    • Applications from developing countries are typically in the sector of healthcare and education, whereas applications from developed countries are spread across a wide variety of industries

 

The power of Peer2Peer learning
Across all cohorts we have seen great learning potential among the startups as they are typically confronted with similar problems in the early stages of setting up a business. We facilitate this exchange through a variety of formats including skill sharing and interactive expert sessions, team building exercises and a shared living experience.


Ventures Class I 

  • SecurellaMarocco – A smart wearable that ensures women’s safety and sense of security
  • Ask without shame, Uganda – An app-based service to provide answers to questions around reproductive health
  • Lensational UK – Empowering women in developing countries to tell their story through photography
  • DigiSitter, Germany – An app to help parents coordinate work and childcare
  • Wazi Vision, Uganda – Affordable eye care for children in low-income families


Ventures Class II

  • Gapsquare, UK – A software that allows companies to measure and narrow their gender pay gap
  • Good On You, Australia – A global brand rating app for ethical fashion brands
  • Kaaro Health, Uganda – Bringing health care to remote areas through containerized clinics and telehealth solutions
  • Mowoza, Mozambique – Supply chain management solutions for micro entrepreneurs
  • SouSou, Tanzania – Crowdbanking software to bridge the access to capital gap for women


Ventures Class III

  • breast IT, Uganda – a portable, ultrasound glove for breast cancer screening
  • Doctory, Pakistan – online directory of doctors and patient management for health centers
  • FinMarie, Germany – online wealth management platform for and by women 
  • Free-D, UK / India – empowering disadvantaged women with 3D printing and CAD skills
  • MamaBird, Malawi / US – last mile healthcare through drones

>> APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR F-LANE VOL.4! All info here, deadline is June 7th.

>> Want more information or host a program with us, too?  Get in touch!

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Dopper Changemaker Challenge

Are you a higher vocational (hbo) or university student graduating on the subject of plastic waste or clean water?

For the third edition of the Changemaker Challenge, Dopper has decided to go international! So they asked Impact Hub Amsterdam, Impact Hub Berlin and Impact Hub King’s Cross (London) to help them find the most innovative student ideas for a plastic-free future with crystal-clear waters.

If you are a student based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK or Nepal, you can apply for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge for a chance to win a €5,000 research grant, promo support and valuable contacts. Sign up as a student, graduate as a changemaker!

Who can join the Dopper Changemaker Challenge?

Whether you are a hbo and university student, working towards your Bachelor or Master degree, from Product Design to Biology, from Marketing to Economics – students from ALL disciplines are welcome to join the Dopper Changemaker Challenge! It doesn’t even matter if you just started brainstorming for ideas or if you recently finished your graduation project or thesis.

To join the Dopper Changemaker Challenge, make sure you check off the criteria:

  • Your project is about clean water and/or plastic waste. You can find some examples here
  • You are or were registered at a university or higher vocational school (known as hbo in the Netherlands & Belgium) as a Bachelor or Master student;
  • You are or were studying in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Nepal or the United Kingdom;
  • You are still working on your graduation project or thesis, or finished it after 1 September 2018;
  • You have chosen or currently determining the subject of your project or thesis yourself;
  • You are available on 29 May 2019, and you can attend events on 15 and 16 June 2019 in person;
  • Are you writing your thesis for a company? No problem. Read about thesis embargoes here.

Did any questions come up? Read the FAQ.

 

What’s in it for you?

Your graduation project on the subject of plastic waste or clean water could win you:

  • Funding (research grants): €5,000 for 1st place, €2,500 for 2nd and 3rd place, and €500 for places 4 through 10.
  • Valuable introductions: The winner of 1st place will take the stage at an event relevant to their field of research. And the winners of places 1 through 10 will be introduced to established partners and/or organisations.
  • Pitch training: All semi-finalists will be invited to participate in pitch training to excel their presentation skills
  • Promo support: The ideas and solutions of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be actively shared with the international media.

 

Need inspiration? Meet the changemakers!

Entrepreneur and Straw by Straw founder Ev Liu developed an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic straw made of natural wheat straw! City to Sea founder and environmental campaigner Natalie Fee reached 35 million people with her Refill campaign for ditching single-use water bottles. And designer Mirjam de Bruijn created the Twenty soluble cleaning products – the only 20% percent you need to buy; add 80% tap water and shake it up!

These are just three of the inspiring changemakers you’ll get to know during the Dopper Changemaker Challenge! From Amsterdam to Berlin and from London to Kathmandu, there are more than a dozen stories we can’t wait to share!

Entrepreneurs, campaigners, engineers, influencers – keep an eye on the blog for our changemaker stories!

 

More about the Dopper Changemaker Challenge

In Dopper’s own words: „Crystal-clear water, in every ocean, from every tap. That’s Dopper’s goal. Our nemesis? Single-use water bottles. That’s why we created the ultimate reusable water bottle, called Dopper. This bottle battles the throwaway lifestyle. And it is working. Up until now, we’ve prevented over 40 million kilos of single-use plastic from entering our oceans. Feels pretty good. But when you realise that we throw a garbage truck of plastic waste in our oceans every minute, we still have a long way to go. Luckily, we’re not doing this alone. We believe that we need the next generation of changemakers – yes you! – to change the world. That’s why we started a competition: the Dopper Changemaker Challenge.“

Countries

Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK & Nepal

Partners

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!

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Dopper Changemaker Challenge

Your innovative project can change the world. Is your graduation project or thesis about water and/or plastic pollution? Send it in for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge and stand a chance to win a €5000,- research grant, and more.

Partners

Countries

Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK & Nepal

DOPPER CHANGEMAKER CHALLENGE 2019

Are you a higher vocational (hbo) or university student graduating on the subject of plastic waste or clean water?

For the third edition of the Changemaker Challenge, Dopper has decided to go international! So they asked Impact Hub Amsterdam, Impact Hub Berlin and Impact Hub King’s Cross (London) to help them find the most innovative student ideas for a plastic-free future with crystal-clear waters.

If you are a student based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK or Nepal, you can apply for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge for a chance to win a €5,000 research grant, promo support and valuable contacts. Sign up as a student, graduate as a changemaker!

 

SIGN UP BY 12 APRIL

 

Who can join the Dopper Changemaker Challenge?

Whether you are a hbo and university student, working towards your Bachelor or Master degree, from Product Design to Biology, from Marketing to Economics – students from ALL disciplines are welcome to join the Dopper Changemaker Challenge! It doesn’t even matter if you just started brainstorming for ideas or if you recently finished your graduation project or thesis.To join the Dopper Changemaker Challenge, make sure you check off the criteria:

– Your project is about clean water and/ or plastic waste. You can find some examples here
– You are or were registered at a university or higher vocational school (known as hbo in the Netherlands & Belgium) as a Bachelor or Master student;
– You are or were studying in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Nepal or the United Kingdom;
– You are still working on your graduation project or thesis, or finished it after 1 September 2018;
– You have chosen or currently determining the subject of your project or thesis yourself;
– You are available on 29 May 2019, and you can attend events on 15 and 16 June 2019 in person;
– Are you writing your thesis for a company? No problem. Read about thesis embargoes here.

Did any questions come up? Read the FAQ.

 

What’s in it for you?

Your graduation project on the subject of plastic waste or clean water could win you:

– Funding (research grants): €5,000 for 1st place, €2,500 for 2nd and 3rd place, and €500 for places 4 through 10.
– Valuable introductions: The winner of 1st place will take the stage at an event relevant to their field of research. And the winners of places 1 through 10 will be introduced to established partners and/or organisations.
– Promo support: The ideas and solutions of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be actively shared with the international media.

 

Need inspiration? Meet the changemakers!

Entrepreneur and Straw by Straw founder Ev Liu developed an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic straw made of natural wheat straw! City to Sea founder and environmental campaigner Natalie Fee reached 35 million people with her Refill campaign for ditching single-use water bottles. And designer Mirjam de Bruijn created the Twenty soluble cleaning products – the only 20% percent you need to buy; add 80% tap water and shake it up!

These are just three of the inspiring changemakers you’ll get to know during the Dopper Changemaker Challenge! From Amsterdam to Berlin and from London to Kathmandu, there are more than a dozen stories we can’t wait to share!

Entrepreneurs, campaigners, engineers, influencers – keep an eye on the blog for our changemaker stories!

 

More about the Dopper Changemaker Challenge

In Dopper’s own words: „Crystal-clear water, in every ocean, from every tap. That’s Dopper’s goal. Our nemesis? Single-use water bottles. That’s why we created the ultimate reusable water bottle, called Dopper. This bottle battles the throwaway lifestyle. And it is working. Up until now, we’ve prevented over 40 million kilos of single-use plastic from entering our oceans. Feels pretty good. But when you realise that we throw a garbage truck of plastic waste in our oceans every minute, we still have a long way to go. Luckily, we’re not doing this alone. We believe that we need the next generation of changemakers – yes you! – to change the world. That’s why we started a competition: the Dopper Changemaker Challenge.“

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!

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Fishbowl Discussion: Fostering the growth of impact entrepreneurs

How can cities and politics support Entrepreneurs? How can we build, support and connect local ecosystems that allow startups to scale?

 

Partners

Logo ImpactCity

Countries:
Netherlands, Germany

Project

  • Open Fishbowl discussion with our special guests from Den Haag and stakeholders in Berlin on how cities and governments can support impact entrepreneurs and which infrastructure cities need to grow a social innovation ecosystem
  • Building a bridge between the Berlin and The Hague social innovation ecosystem to make scaling to Germany or the Netherlands easier

 

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!

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Blockchain Pioneers Hackathon

Blockchain4Good – Shaping Smart Sustainable Cities for the Future

EMPOWERED BY

Website Decent
Website Wanxiang Blockchain Hackathon
Logo Impact Hub Berlin

Locations
Bratislava –> Berlin –> Shanghai

 

Hackathon

Blockchain Pioneers 2018 is coming to Berlin! Join the hackathon to build a blockchain solution from scratch that shapes cities of tomorrow! Win 20.000 DCT, mentoring as well as a trip to join the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 (SIBW) in Shanghai!

You have 2.5 day to hack, meet pioneers, entrepreneurs, techies and changemakers, learn from experts in the field of blockchain and social innovation and receive one-on-one mentoring to create your blockchain solutions that shapes smart sustainable cities.

We will  focus on the following tracks:

Government | Mobility & Logistics | Energy | Finance | Health

Prizes

  • 20.000 DCT, mentoring & collaboration with DECENT to implement the solution
  • Compete with the winners from all global DECENT hackathons
  • 4x ticket + trip to the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 in Shanghai (tickets + flight tickets + accommodation)
  • 2x ticket + trip to the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 in Shanghai (tickets + flight tickets + accommodation)
  • Team participation in the LVLX Summer Camp
  •  1x ticket + trip to the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018 in Shanghai (tickets + flight tickets + accommodation)
Meet the Mentors & Speakers
Anna Lässer

Anna Lässer

Co Founder of Impact Hub Berlin

Mentorship: Failing Forward

Anton Zur

Anton Zur 

Head of ECA Finance at Sberbank of Russia

Blockchain4Good

Clemens Pompey

Clemens Pompey

Head of Innovations at amatus

Mentorship: Governance

Gabriel Maličký

Gabriel Maličký

QA Analyst at DECENT

Mentorship: QA Engineering & Analysis

Jan Schröder

Jan Schröder

ImpactN, Social Innovator & Systems Changer

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Finance

Juraj Škorvánek

Juraj Škorvánek

Android Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Android Development

Maijka Baur

Majka Baur

Design for Behaviour Change Project Manager at Scaling4Good

Mentorship: Impact Ventures

Mário Kapusta

Mário Kapusta

Senior Software Engineer at DECENT

Mentorship: Software Development

Maz Cohen

Maz Cohen

Founder at Wisher and Marketing & Strategy at metamorph

Kick Off: Blockchain4Good

Michal Geci

Michal Géci

Head of Innovations at DECENT

Challenge Definition & Framing

Michal Grman

Michal Grman

Senior Software Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Software Development

Michal Markovic

Michal Markovic

API Consultant

Mentorship: API

Tobias Oliver Khan

Tobias Oliver Khan

Senior Engineer & Co-Initiator at LVLX

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Mobility & Logistics

Patrik Csókás

Patrik Csókás

IT Manager at DECENT

Mentorship: Tech

Richard Rožnovják

Richard Rožnovják

Core Developer at DECENT

Mentorship: Tech

Sam Liban

Sam Liban

Validator Business & Operations at TheSunProtocol

Ignition Talk & Mentoring: Energy

Soline Bonnel

Soline Bonnel

Founder & Managing Partner at BE.ive

Mentorship: Sustainability

Sophie Muenzberg

Sophie Münzberg

Head of Events at Impact Hub Berlin

Hackathon Moderation

Thimo Schmitt-Lord

Thimo Schmitt-Lord

CEO at Bayer Foundations

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Health

Viktor Peter

Viktor Peter

Blockchain Governance Expert at GIZ Blockchain Lab

Ignition Talk & Mentorship: Governance

Yaser Hammadi

Yaser Hammadi

Project Management at Impact Hub Berlin

Workshop: Pitch Perfect

Project Partners

This hackathon is hosted by DECENT, Impact Hub Berlin, and the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2018, empowered by Wanxiang Blockchain Lab.

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>> Want to know more about this hackathon? Contact Sophie Münzberg!

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Global Sustainability Trend Report

How can we access grass-route innovators to understand emerging trends and innovation that will affect business strategies in the future?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo Impact Hub Berlin
Logo AT Kearney
Logo sustainable natives

Countries
Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific

 

Project

  • Scouted +150 sustainable experts & pioneers via our global Impact Hub network to gain insights into industries such as: Agriculture, Automotive, Transportation, Electronics, Energy, Consumer, Goods, Food, Health and Construction
  • Identified stakeholders and insights from different fields such as industry, regulations, NGO, investors, start-up / Entrepreneurs, Academia, science, digital experts, multipliers, opinion leaders, pioneers to conduct one-on-one interviews as well as a global survey

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!

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Accelerating Green Start-ups in Peru & Empowering the Local Ecosystem

How can we build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem for green start-ups? How can we empower Start-ups in Biodiversity to realise the potential of their impact?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Logo Impact Hub Berlin

Country
Peru

Project

  • Leading a Workshop with key stakeholders in Lima to share knowledge on how to grow a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Impact Bootcamp to support Biostart-up Finalists to identify and leverage their impact
  • Educating Start-up Usil in running a bootcamp focused on Impact

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!

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ImpACT – Building Synergies between German and Afghan Start-ups

How can we strengthen German–Afghan start-up ecosystems with one another?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo german cooperation – DEUTSCHE ZUSAMMENARBEIT.
Logo IMPACT – Networks, Ressources and Knowledge

Countries
Afghanistan, Germany

Project

  • Designing a Bootcamp and inviting key German and Afghan entrepreneurs
  • Understanding local challenges and enabling both to learn from one another
  • Gaining visibility for the powerful entrepreneurial scene in Afghanistan

Project website

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!

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EU’s FABMove – connect social innovation hubs across the world

How can we strengthen relationships and exchange between hubs all focussing on social innovation?

Partners

Logo European Union
Logo Impact Hub Berlin

Countries
France, Israel, Argentina, Costa Rica, Indonesia

 

Project

  • Local Workshops to empower social innovators
  • Immerse and meet local social innovators and pioneers to connect and get inspired

Project website

>> Want to know more or host your own program with us? Contact Anna Lässer!

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GIZ Lab of Tomorrow – Human-centered research to access emerging markets

How can you create new business ventures in emerging markets and establish strong local partnerships?

Partners

Logo GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Logo Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
Logo Merck
Logo Siemens

Countries
Zambia, Kenya, Uganda

 

Project

  • Define the challenge and select cross-sector partners
  • Human-centered Research & Stakeholder Mapping to identify core needs, challenges and potentials
  • Ideation & Prototyping Workshop to design new solutions and strengthen partnerships
  • Test and Pilot new solutions in the field

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>> Want to know more or host your own program with us?  Get in touch!