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Impact 2021

The fourth edition of Impact Conference gathers the audiences of two European Interreg projects - Interreg being one of the goals of the EU Cohesion Policy in the 2014-2020 period: the DelFin project, promoting social entrepreneurship in rural regions across Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Italy, and CE Responsible -Empowering Social Business in Central Europe, which connects entrepreneurs with social entrepreneurs in nine EU countries, through a developed platform.

Like everyone else, so does this year’s Impact Conference move online where we continue to share experiences about what entrepreneurial and community impact means in 2021.

Apart from the newcomers, the event welcomes all other change-makers to sprout relationships, talk about burning challenges in the new normal, and develop ideas with a purpose of creating a meaningful social impact. Hosting more than 500 impacters so far, our impact platform will continue to rely on the feedback from our strong community.

We believe Zoom fatigue is real so don't expect long panel discussions or parallel sessions. Impact 2021 will keep it short and to the point, and we restricted ourselves to four hours each day, time packed with keynote speakers, and a real opportunity to discuss social impact initiatives with entrepreneurs, impact investors and business support institutions in different contexts.

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The Program

The program shows our dedication to creating a productive setting in which you can learn, build your ideas and create long-lasting partnerships

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome to IMPACT 2021

A sweet introduction to two days of learning and connecting, dedicated to creating an impact.

Suzanne Wisse - Huiskes (Euclid Network)
Neven Marinovic (Smart Kolektiv)

10:15 - 11:00

Open Seminar: A Conducive Ecosystem - Supporting Networks for Social Enterprises in Rural Areas Across the EU

How to better understand and recognise needs of social enterprises in rural areas?

Fabio Sgaragli (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
Tamas Szenttamási (IFKA)
Claudia Zott (Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt)

Francesco Molica (CPMR)
Norbert Kunz  (Social Impact gGmbH)
Tatiana Glad (chair emeritus of the global Impact Hub Association Board)

Anna Chojnicka (GSEN)

11:00 - 11:55

Roundtable: A Conducive Ecosystem

Future opportunities and challenges for social entrepreneurs.

12:00 - 12:30

Dialogues: Supporting Social Enterprises in Rural Areas

Closed session - invitations only

Raffaele Paciello
Norbert Kunz (Social Impact gGmbH)
#EUFunds - Francesco Molica (CPMR)
#Ecosystem - Norbert Kunz (Social Impact gGmbH)
#Impact - Tatiana Glad (chair emeritus of the global Impact Hub Association Board

12:00 - 12:30

Lunch break

12:40 - 13:40

Marketplace #1: Social Business Pitching Forum

Shawn Ardaiz (Kokoro)

Social entrepreneurs from Central Europe pitch their business ideas. Experts give feedback, public votes!

Moderator - Áron Jakab, István Tamás Szenttamási (IFKA)
Pitchers: Tridero Tech (HR), Misterion Riviera (HR)
FormFux (DE), Perdix Creations (DE)
Swallow Nest Association of Böszörmény (HU), Balmaz Pasta (HU)
PiemonteBOX (IT), Germinale cooperative (IT)

Experts Committee:

Nikolina Smajla, Karlovac University of Applied Sciences, Head of Business Administration Department (HR)
Andreas Höfflin, Ministry of Economy, Science and Digitalisation of Saxony-Anhalt, Head of Department for Innovation (DE)
Róbert Bolyán, UniCredit Bank (HU)
Filippo Barbera, PhD - Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Torino

13:40 - 14:20

Marketplace #2:Success & Fuck up Stories of Social Enterprises in Central Europe

Experienced social enterprises share their successes and failures and give advice on entering and surviving in the national and international market. 'Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.'

Moderator: Áron Jakab, István Tamás Szenttamási (IFKA)
Aurora-Colapis (HR), Payactive (DE), From Huts to Homes Association (HU), S-Nodi (IT)

14:30 - 14:40

Closing Remarks

Announcing Day Two

Detailed schedule coming soon!
10:00 - 10:15


Ewa Konczal (EVPA)

10:15 - 10:45

Impact Stars - Keynotes

The value of becoming an impact entrepreneur.

Domagoj Boljar (MIRET)
Anna Kalmár (AdniJóga)

Albert Wettstein (Munch)
Virág Bélavári (Munch)

10:50 - 11:20

Panel 1: Digital Transformation for Social Entrepreneurs during Covid-19

How entrepreneurs adapted to Covid-19 pandemic? Good practices.

Robert Miskuf (Pedal Consulting)
Tomasz Moleda (Association Education by the Internet)

11:30 - 12:00

Impact Cooperation Stories + Q&A

Impact entrepreneurs, altruistic entrepreneurs, business angels, social entrepreneurs. How can they cooperate?

Robert Šinkner (TKP geo)
Benedetto Linguerri (Local to you)
Leoš Kubíček (Virtual Lab Development)

Zoran Puljic (Mozaik Foundation)
Simona Simulyte (ChangeMakersON)
Arthur van de Graaf (Starters Station)
Peter Surek (Erste Social Finance Holding)

12:00 - 12:30

Lunch break

Adriano Mancinelli (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Suzanne Wisse - Huiskes (Euclid Network)

12:30 - 13:00

Panel 2:  Impact (Co)funding - How to Finance Your Social Business?

Marilyn Heib (Bettervest)

Mikulas Kresanek

13:00 - 14:00

Beyond Coping with Lockdown Stress

Inspirative, interactive, easy going workshop all of us need.
Inspiration - why we should do well to do good?
Impact - what could be done to increase the wellbeing, effectiveness and sustainability?
Intelligence - how we could empower ourselves and others?

Sanja Živković (Heartist Center)

Detailed schedule coming soon!

Morning coffee with impact entrepreneurs

/Zlatna Ribica/

Ivan Bozic (Social Cooperative Humana Nova)
Vanja Andric (Omolab)
Pezana Rexha (Pana)

Violeta Masteikienė (GMM Projektai)


Morning coffee with impact investors


Mirjana Sakic (Erste Group)
Renata Brkic (FeelsGood Impact Fund)
Zoran Puljic (Mozaik Impact Fund)


Morning coffee with impact business support organisations

/Blind Tiger/

Simona Simulyte (ChangeMakersON)
Marku Shkelzen (Yunus Social Business Balkans)
Neven Marinovic (Smart Kolektiv)
Irma Botic (ENSIE)


GSEN learning, collaboration and follow-up session

Closed session, invite-only

/Lonac Startup Studio/

Anna Chojnicka (GSEN)



First live streamed Impact Conference. More info to follow.

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