Impact Hub Berlin is excited to announce the members of our brand new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion advisory board — an intersectional group of FINTA* founders who will help us work towards access, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging within our entrepreneurship support programmes and networks.
A DEI advisory board is a group who assist and council organisations on matters concerning diversity, equity and inclusion. They are made up of people facing and fighting discrimination who can provide valuable and unique guidance on questions and concerns that arise for marginalised communities in our systems. They advocate for more access and equity and push for changes that need to be made in order to build safe(r) and more supportive spaces for marginalised communities.
As part of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ecosystem funded through our ecosystem partner SEND e.V. and in collaboration with tbd*, we are currently building an incubator that supports FINTA* (Female, Intersex, Non-Binary, Trans and Agender) founders in the field of participation and empowerment.
To make the incubator and our other ecosystem activities as accessible, inclusive and equitable as possible, we have entered a co-creation process with our advisory board to get the support and advice of an intersectional group consisting of FINTA*. Our goal is to learn how to build safe(r) spaces and inclusive and equitable support programmes for social entrepreneurs.
We were looking for intersectional representation when choosing our DEI advisory board:
We are very excited to work with a six-person advisory board who can bring their personal, academic and professional experiences as PoC women, (trans) non-binary persons, mothers, people with physical and mental disabilities as well as neurodivergent people. All of our board members are founders themselves and part of our IHB and tbd* networks.
In order to make sure that we include voices and experiences not represented in the board at this moment – such as voices from other age groups, voices from the Asian, Turkish and Arab community in Germany or people affected by anti-slavic sentiments – we will work with further organisations as outreach and content partners. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved!
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Through our monthly advisory board meetings, they will consult with us on our work. This includes feedback on:
Our advisory board will also support as outreach partners and act as jury members throughout the selection process.
Impact Hub Berlin’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ecosystem is one of our four ecosystems committed to fostering innovation and enabling collaboration across organisations, cultures and generations to solve the challenges facing the world today.
We facilitate various activities to help all stakeholders collaborate better and grow game-changing innovations. Key activities include community management, trend research, reports, conferences, events, accelerator programmes, networking, and more.
The goal of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ecosystem is to transform how we think about social, economic and political equity. Our impact entrepreneurs are invested in creating new products or innovative services that ensure nobody is left behind — to help build a more inclusive and equitable future. The only way forward is a just, sustainable society that can be realised by including everyone in its design.
There are many challenges to be addressed when talking about inclusion, diversity, equity and access. They are all equally urgent and important. At Impact Hub Berlin, we have identified four areas of opportunity in which many of our members are active and where we can contribute support through our network, programmes and access to finance. These areas are:
We are also committed to constant learning, exchanging ideas and welcoming challenges from experts and partners to improve the important work within the ecosystem.
We run regular workshops and events to connect the members of our DEI community with partners, investors and fellow innovators dedicated to our mission. Recent activities have include:
Two “startup preschools” for founders with a migration history with our members Norhan Othman and Nicolai Strøm-Olsen from Startup Migrants.