Explore our growth since our founding in 2009. We’ve achieved some key milestones and scaled further across the world than we could have ever imagined.
2009Peter Vandor creates Social Impact Award to find out if there are any social entrepreneurs in Austria. His search is successful – the first-ever award is won by Project-E, a vocational school for orphan girls in Ethiopia.
2012Social Impact Award makes its first steps outside of Austria. With an innovative licensing model and the support of Impact Hub Prague & Ropot, the program is brought to the Czech Republic and Romania.
2015Now active in 10 countries across Europe, SIA supports over 4000 social entrepreneurs. Former SIA winner Jakob Detering takes on the role of Managing Director and fast-tracks the development of the incubation and community phases of the program.
First SIA Summit
2016The first SIA Summit takes place in Vienna, gathering winners of incubations across the world.
2018Now active in 20 countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia, SIA reaches over 6000 young social entrepreneurs. The incubation is redesigned to increase the focus on mentoring and prototyping.
Resilience in Pandemic Times
2020COVID-19 strikes around the world. SIA digitalizes its entire program and helps thousands of young social entrepreneurs put social innovation at the core of the post-pandemic recovery.
The New Normal
2021As COVID-19 restrictions ease, in-person SIA gatherings slowly return around the world. SIA successfully expands to four new countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Slovenia, and Ukraine and reaches unprecedented impact numbers by launching a variety of new formats.
A Transformative Year
2022SIA embraces a hybrid approach around the world, and successfully runs 18 programs in times of war, conflict, and crisis. 160 winners and alumni gather in Vienna, Austria for the SIA Summit, the first since the start of the pandemic and the biggest Summit in SIA’s history.
Why we exist
All our work and strategic decisions are governed by a strong vision and mission.
Our team works tirelessly to improve the quality of our program and deepen our impact.
Since 2009, we’ve impacted thousands of young agents of change in more than 25 countries.