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ImpAct Accelerator!

The ImpAct Accelerator helps sustainable packaging impact entrepreneurs to scale their businesses. These entrepreneurs are taking their startups to the next level by joining a partnership-focused accelerator programme.

Our second cohort of the acceleration programme is now closed for applications. Our focus is on startups addressing packaging (sustainable packaging alternatives, especially bioplastics). The programme is an in-person & online model, lasting 6 weeks, starting in November. We select 5 to 7 teams per cohort, offering them an intensive and immersive experience to accelerate their growth.

We are working with a womxn quota and driving diversity at all levels within the acceleration programme.

The ImpAct Accelerator by Impact Hub Berlin is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection as part of the ConnACT with Impact programme.

Details at a glance

Six weeks, starting November 6, 2023.

Masterclasses, exceptional mentors, potential partner introductions, visibility, networking, no equity, compensation for travel & accommodation expenses, access to global Impact Hub network.

Focus: Impact entrepreneurs focusing on solutions across sustainable packaging incl. bio plastic solutions Location: Startups based in Germany.  

In person & virtual (first 3 days & last 3 days of the programme are in person in Berlin, the rest is in a virtual setup)


Max. seven teams in total.

16.10.2023 (00:00)

16.10.2023 - 27.10.2023

Programme benefits

Exceptional mentors:
At ImpAct Accelerator, we provide exceptional mentors who have deep industry knowledge and expertise. Our mentors will guide you through the challenges of scaling your startup and help you navigate the complex food waste landscape. 

Partner companies:
You will have the opportunity to introduce your solutions with our partner companies such as Miele

Global Impact Hub network:
Opportunity to connect with the 24,000+ members of Impact Hub in global.

Hybrid participation:
During the programme, you will spend the first and the last week in person at Impact Hub Berlin (where you can tap into the extensive network of Impact Hub Berlin and participate in the IH Forum. We will provide a membership at the Impact Hub premises throughout the timeline of the programme.

We cover your travel & accommodation expenses up to 800€

No equity:
We do not require any equity in return for your participation.

Opportunities for media attention and exposure to established impact communities.

We are working with womxn quota and drive diversity at all levels within the acceleration programme.

Investor Matchmaking
You will have the opportunity to introduce your company to the relevant investors within the IHB network.

Who can apply?

Check out the eligibility criteria for the application with a low entry barrier below:

Focus: Startups tackling sustainable packaging including both B2B and B2C solutions.

Stage: Startups with tested products. We are looking for startups that have already developed a product and tested it in the market. Ideally, your startup should have achieved a first inflection point, such as acquiring clients, securing investment, or having intellectual property. 

Location: Startups registered in Germany or running operations in Germany



  • Sustainable retail packaging 
  • Advanced packaging materials (new materials)
  • Recyclable packaging 
  • Reusable packaging 
  • Food packaging 
  • Sustainable design 
  • Circular packaging

Meet our mentors: Sustainable packaging

Shruti Ramiah, Head of Design (Zalando)
Dominik Campanella, Founder (Concular)
Iva Jankovic, Operations/ Product (Metadesign)

Richard Stechow, Coach (BMI Lab)

Mario Gamper, Angel Investor (ex -MD BCG DV)

Eva Preß, CFO

Christoph Baier

Olivia Czetwertinsky (betahaus)

Philipp Csernalabics, Senior Manager Circular Economy (EY)

Hannah Grethlein, Coach (Permanick)

Nick Steiner, Entrepreneur

Our Scouting Manager Idil would love to chat!
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The people behind ImpAct Accelerator

Harsha Jagasia, Head of ImpAct Accelerator
Julian Preibsch, Head Coach of ImpAct Accelerator
Sara Moczygemba, Project Manager of ImpAct Accelerator
Idil Serifoglu, Ventures & Mentors Scouting Manager of ImpAct Accelerator
Heloise le Masne
Héloise Le Masne, Director of Operations at Impact Hub Berlin