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The Social Impact Award is a community creating impact in societies all over Europe and beyond. Get to know all the amazing organizations and individuals that implement SIA.

 

Albania

Joined the SIA community in: 2017

Country Coordinator: tba soon

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Implementing Organization: Yunus Social Business Fund

Yunus Social Business is a non-profit venture fund. It is its mission is to promote social business as a sustainable alternative to long-term aid, bridging the gap between business and philanthropy. Founded in 2011 by Saskia Bruysten, Sophie Eisenmann and Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Our social business venture fund covers 7 regions. The Balkan region is coordinated from Tirana in Albania. Since 2017, Yunus Social Buiness Fund is implementing Social Impact Award in Albania.

Learn more about SIA Albania and Yunus Social Business Fund.

 

Austria

Joined the SIA community in: 2009

Country Coordinator: Markus Engelberger

Markus is convinced that one should do what one loves – because what one likes to do, one does well. His love is the potential development. He therefore helps people and organizations not only achieve their goals, but also develop their potential and grow beyond themselves. For 12 years, he pursued this passion in domestic and international NGOs and NPOs, before becoming self-employed as an organizational developer, trainer and coach in 2013 with hisme-foryou. In addition to his commitment to the promotion of student social entrepreneurship ideas, Markus accompanies the acceleration programs of the Impact Hub Vienna and is also one of the pioneers for visual facilitation and graphic recording in Austria.

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Vienna

Impact Hub Vienna is a co-working space, an event location, a business incubator and an impact-driven community. Currently it designs and runs 10 Start-up programs, among them the Social Impact Award.  In addition, Impact Hub Vienna is a founding partner of Social City Wien, in the framework of which, it runs, in collaboration with Vienna’s Labour Market Service, a program of educational character on issues related to social entrepreneurship.

Learn more about SIA Austria and the Impact Hub Vienna.

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Joined the SIA community in: 2016

Country Coordinator: Benjamin Bajramović

Benjamin has has years of experience in program implementation and excel in developing, planning and organizing program-related events. Benjamin also has significant experience in community building and numbers of social entreprenurship projects with international impact. Second year in a road, he is local manager for Social Impact Award BIH program, and in this role finds everyday opportunity to mix years of experience and personal motivation to help enthusiastic social innovators bring the change.

 

Regional Coordinator (BiH, Kosovo & Montenegro): Vladica Jovanovic

Vladica considers herself an activist, debater and coach. She believes anyone can be enabled to fulfill their potential and has spent last eight years enabling others to create personal and societal changes through debating, community organizing and leadership development. Her shoes were different through time – from typical project management roles at various international, national and local nonprofits to offline and online coaching and training roles in Serbia and at Harvard Kennedy School. Her passion eventually led her to become Propulsion Officer at Foundation Dokukino where she is engaged on creating community investment programs for companies in the Balkans, as well as leading Dokukino’s regional efforts at SIA. She is known as a music addict, hugger and former party animal.

 

Implementing Organization: Dokukino Foundation

Dokukino Foundation is a regional NGO covering most of Western Balkan countries with a mission to promote the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to launch and support social change and progress in society. So far, Dokukino has worked on more than 200 initiatives for social progress in the region. With offices in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania, Dokukino Foundation plays a crucial role in the landscape of NGOs and creative industries in the region, combining the power for outreach with the purpose to create new opportunities for people. Dokukino not only runs SIA in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but also in Kosovo and Montenegro.

Learn more about SIA Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Dokukino Foundation.

 

Croatia

Joined the SIA community in: 2014

Country Coordinator:Emiliya Angelova

Emiliya has always been driven by the idea of giving back to society. She is a true international soul and has been living in 7 different countries until now, the last choice being Croatia. Emiliya has a strong business background and has previously worked in the area of the Investment Banking in Vienna, London and Moscow prior to joining Impact Hub Zagreb. She is currently managing SIA Croatia, freelancing as a political and economics analyst and about to start her own business venture. Her passion lays in the area of social entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and citizen engagement with a strong focus on the topic of impact investing (not a surprise given her affinity for numbers ;).

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Zagreb

The most vivid and inspiring social enterprise community center in the Croatian capital, Impact Hub Zagreb runs six programs to provide a robust push to projects related to social entrepreneurship. Since 2014 (with a small break in 2016), Impact Hub Zagreb implements and hosts Social Impact Award.

Learn more about SIA Croatia and Impact Hub Zagreb.

 

Czech Republic

Joined the SIA community in: 2012

Country Coordinator: Katka Bouskova

Kate loves meeting new people, making ideas up and turning them into reality. She believes that when people are motivated and passionate, they can reach the pie in the sky. How does she know that? In her 16 she decided to move from her parents, two years later went to study high school in Australia and in her 20, she started to work for the international company Pernod Ricard as the international coordinator for Responsible Party. The way was not always easy, but thanks to her motivation and passion she did not give up. Kate became the SIA coordinator for Czech Republic. Thanks to SIA she can teach other people how not to lose these two important things and transform their dreams into amazing reality.

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Prague

In the capital of Czech Republic, Prague, there is an inspirational coworking space, offering not only vibrant networking events, but also opportunities for acceleration. This place is of course Impact Hub Praha! Except of the Social Impact Award, it organizes and hosts two more social entrepreneurship fostering programs, the Vodafone Foundation Laboratory and the Impact First. The former focuses on tech start-ups, while the latter on existing social enterprises.

Learn more about SIA Czech Republic and Impact Hub Prague.

 

Georgia

Joined the SIA community in: 2017

Country Coordinator: Elene Jvania

Developing meaningful relationships, bringing people together and helping them understand each other’s culture and objectives is Elene’s passion. She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, but raised in Germany after her parents decided to flee the civil war in Georgia in early nineties. After successful graduation from German high school she returned in Tbilisi in 2001 to study law and economics at the Technical University Tbilisi, with scholarships at the University in Eichstätt/Germany. During the past 10 years while working in various international business organizations, she gained extensive experience of partnership building and start-up facilitation. In 2016, she co-founded Impact Hub Tbilisi to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in Georgia and put the country on the global entrepreneurial map.

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Tblisi

Impact Hub Tbilisi provides an inspiring environment for working, meeting, learning and connecting. Impact Hub Tbilisi is located in Fabrika, a former soviet era sewing factory transformed into a multifunctional urban space.

Learn more about SIA Georgia and Impact Hub Tblisi.

 

Greece

Joined the SIA community in: 2014

Country Coordinator: Myrto Apostolidi

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Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Athens

Impact Hub Athens is a network of collaborators focused on making a positive impact in the world. It runs four programs to strengthen social entrepreneurship in Greece, capturing both educational aspects and providing investment possibilities. Since 2014, Social Impact Award is one of these programs! Feel free to have a deeper look into Impact Hub Athens.

Learn more about SIA Greece and Impact Hub Athens.

 

Hungary

Joined the SIA community in: 2017

Country Coordinator: Melinda Varfi

Melinda brings experiences gained through working for a telecom startup, building a business academy at a consulting firm and coordinating the Pioneers into Practice Program at Climate KIC Hungary. She has co­founded Impact Hub Budapest, a global community ­based coworking office. She is actively involved in cutting edge projects exploring change management in organisations, resilience for communities, and entrepreneurship in a new paradigm.

 

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Budapest

The Impact Hub Budapest is part of a global network of connected communities that enable collaborative ventures. The Impact Hub Budapest space will cater to all your professional needs – with a co-working office and team offices, rentable event and meeting rooms and regular programmes to inspire, educate and connect, we offer something to all local changemakers.

Learn more about SIA Hungary and Impact Hub Budapest.

 

Kosovo

Joined the SIA community in: 2017

Country Coordinator: Mensur Pelinkovic

Mensur studies Information systems and technology, since his first meet with technology he was fascinated by  its concept. Beginning with trivial things, binary system to the creative programming. He believes that the future is in technology. He’s always willing to help, sometimes even more than it’s needed. In his school days he believed that everyone has a duty to use their talents, volunteer and make a contribution, which is why he took part in many NGO projects in his hometown. He has a good ability to prioritize, organize and plan things and he  has excellent problem solving skills. Like many young people he believes he has a potential to make a positive impact in the world.

 

Regional Coordinator (BiH, Kosovo & Montenegro): Vladica Jovanovic

Vladica considers herself an activist, debater and coach. She believes anyone can be enabled to fulfill their potential and has spent last eight years enabling others to create personal and societal changes through debating, community organizing and leadership development. Her shoes were different through time – from typical project management roles at various international, national and local nonprofits to offline and online coaching and training roles in Serbia and at Harvard Kennedy School. Her passion eventually led her to become Propulsion Officer at Foundation Dokukino where she is engaged on creating community investment programs for companies in the Balkans, as well as leading Dokukino’s regional efforts at SIA. She is known as a music addict, hugger and former party animal.

 

Implementing Organization:Dokukino Foundation

Dokukino Foundation is a regional NGO covering most of Western Balkan countries with a mission to promote the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to launch and support social change and progress in society. So far, Dokukino has worked on more than 200 initiatives for social progress in the region. With offices in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania, Dokukino Foundation plays a crucial role in the landscape of NGOs and creative industries in the region, combining the power for outreach with the purpose to create new opportunities for people. Dokukino not only runs SIA in Kosovo, but also in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Learn more about SIA Kosovo and the Dokukino Foundation.

 

Macedonia

Joined the SIA community in: 2015

Country Coordinator: Marija Matovska

Marija is truly dedicated on her present job as Manager for Social Business in the Association for Education- Mladiinfo International while in the past she was a part of marketing and sales world in the business sector and project coordinator in different NGOs. She is also a great fighter for human rights, sexual and reproductive health, people with disabilities and social justice. Devoted on the justice, she is currently a volunteer in few organizations and informal initiatives: Inclusive solutions, Trisomija 21- Skopje, Youth Council of the American Embassy. Mountains shape a person’s soul is her life motto, so as athlete she is a member of the mountaineering club Ljuboten – Tetovo and the alpine club Matka- Skopje.

 

Implementing Organization: Mladiinfo

As an initiative, Mladiinfo International promotes and mediates communication, mobility and collaboration among young people, students, professors, researchers, university officials, youth NGOs and all those involved in the educational process in Europe and worldwide. This quest started with the establishment of a web portal providing international audiences with information related to educational opportunities and youth entrepreneurship development. With more than 180,000 visits per month, Mladiinfo’s mission reached audiences and people beyond Macedonia and the web portal became one of the most acknowledged and recongnized youth portals in CEE. At the moment, Mladiinfo has 8 branches in different CEE countries, including Slovakia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Poland and Austria. With it’s current projects, Mladiinfo more and more focuses on supporting youth entrepreneurship and serves as a role model for social entrepreneurship in Macedonia. Mladiinfo does also implement SIA in Albania.

Learn more about SIA Macedonia and Mladiinfo.

 

Montenegro

Joined the SIA community in: 2016

Country Coordinator: Sanja Zrnic

Sanja is inspired by big ideas that can solve common problems in global community. She is passionate about writing and social entrepreneurship, she supports entrepreneurs in development, growth and acceleration. Sanja finds daily challenges within Foundation Dokukino as Program Officer and Writer inspiring and motivating. Working as journalist in print and online media, she also gained experience in blog and corporate writing, media communications and public relations. Soul food: New places, new people, all cultures and hidden details.

 

 

Regional Coordinator (BiH, Kosovo & Montenegro): Vladica Jovanovic

Vladica considers herself an activist, debater and coach. She believes anyone can be enabled to fulfill their potential and has spent last eight years enabling others to create personal and societal changes through debating, community organizing and leadership development. Her shoes were different through time – from typical project management roles at various international, national and local nonprofits to offline and online coaching and training roles in Serbia and at Harvard Kennedy School. Her passion eventually led her to become Propulsion Officer at Foundation Dokukino where she is engaged on creating community investment programs for companies in the Balkans, as well as leading Dokukino’s regional efforts at SIA. She is known as a music addict, hugger and former party animal.

 

Implementing Organization: Dokukino Foundation

Dokukino Foundation is a regional NGO covering most of Western Balkan countries with a mission to promote the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to launch and support social change and progress in society. So far, Dokukino has worked on more than 200 initiatives for social progress in the region. With offices in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania, Dokukino Foundation plays a crucial role in the landscape of NGOs and creative industries in the region, combining the power for outreach with the purpose to create new opportunities for people. Dokukino not only runs SIA in Montenegro, but also in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Learn more about SIA Montenegro and Dokukino Foundation.

 

Romania

Joined the SIA community in: 2012

Country Coordinator: Ciprian Stanescu

Ciprian Stanescu has over 10 years of experience in leadership programs, policy work and organisational transformation. He has been working for the Aspen Institute Romania since October 2007 and before taking over the position of Director for Corporate Affairs and Membership in 2013 he coordinated the activities of the Leadership Programs Department for 5 years. Ciprian is a founder of the Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, part of a World Economic Forum community, where he works on a series of projects and events. More recently, in 2016, he started managing 2 international competitions in Romania: Social Impact Award, focusing on entrepreneurial skills development and social entrepreneurship start-ups and Hello Tomorrow Challenge, the largest global competition for start-ups in science and technology. He is a PhD candidate with the Bucharest Academy of Economic Sciences and holds an MA in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He previously worked with the European Institute of Romania and the European Commission Delegation in Romania and is involved in various civic, entrepreneurship and educational projects in Romania and abroad. Ciprian also teaches and develops a class in Futurism studies and has his own improv theatre group, Martienii.

Implementing Organizations: Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, Social Innovation Solutions, Universitatea Alternativa

SIA Romania is implemented by a consortium of three organizations:

Global Shapers Bucharest Hub is part of an international network of over 5500 young leaders in over 450 cities under the World Economic Forum. It aims at making significant contributions to communities by providing a global connection of impactful ideas and a youth voice shaping the global and local policy agenda.

Social Innovation Solutions is a training & consultancy Romanian organization whose team developed the first accredited Social Entrepreneurship training in Romania, the Social Entrepreneurship manual and Social Business Models research, having lead SE projects that were awarded for their impact by the European Commission.

Universitatea Alternativa is the first University in the world to enter WorldBlu list of democratic organizations, alongside Zappos. Working for more than 10 years in Romania on a student centered education model that empowers youth to generate social change, it reached more than 117 student NGO and 2000 students. It also runs a start-up incubator for students.

Learn more about SIA Romania as well as about the Global Shapers Bucharest Hub and  Universitatea Alternativa.

 

Russia

Joined the SIA community in: 2013

Country Coordinator: Yana Osipenko

Yana believes that social entrepreneurship is something that can help Russia overcome its challenges in society and make the country a better place for living. Therefore, she strives to spread the idea of social entrepreneurship among as many people as possible and support those who are ready to launch their venture.  For 5 years Yana worked as a project manager in AIESEC (international NGO rub by students) organizing youth leadership forums and intercultural events. Now she runs Social Impact Award in Russia, coaches social ventures at early stage and does trainings for youth in different organizations.

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Moscow

Impact Hub Moscow was established in 2013 to make the world to work for all.  Just some moths after its creation, the team of Impact Hub Moscow lunched the first Social Impact Award in the country. In addition, it runs six more social entrepreneurship fostering programs.

Learn more about SIA Russia and Impact Hub Moscow.

 

Serbia

Joined the SIA community in: 2015

Country Coordinator: Ana Janosev

Ana believes in the strength of youth to create the change. That’s why, for the past 7 years, she focused her work on strengthening the local youth community, through their empowerment and education. She organized and co-organized many conferences, seminars, cultural, humanitarian and sports events in her hometown, before heading off to Belgrade to study international relations. During the studies, she started exploring the field of social entrepreneurship, and decided to get in volved in it. Since January 2016, Ana coordinates Social Impact Award in Serbia.

 

 

Implementing Organization: Razlivalište

Razlivalište is an NGO formed in 2014 with the mission to educate and work with young people in Serbia in the field of social entrepreneurship. They drive changes through entrepreneurship and create an encouraging environment for the development of youth entrepreneurship. Through their programs (Social Impact Award and Unreasonable Institute Lab) they provide young people with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge and expose them to international communities and networks, in order to empower them for making a change in society.

Learn more about SIA Serbia and Razlivaliste.

 

Slovakia

Joined the SIA community in: 2013

Country Coordinator: Jakub Pediac

Jakub runs a lot. At least he is trying to be the one who is running his own life according his dreams and towards his ideals. He thinks about himself as being (almost) umemployable because of his strongs beliefs and values, thanks to that he enjoys what he is doing. His first bigger project was a students conference in 2011, that was the eye- and window-opener to the “real-world”. Afterwards he opened the door of marketing, where he is still, happy and content. Worked in an agency, on a client side, in a B2C company and for B2B projects. He is now running Social Impact Award in Slovakia, but also running long kilometres outside in his sneakers.

 

 

Implementing Organization: Rozbehni sa!

Rozbehni sa! is an organization that supports start-ups by providing their members the conceptual and methodological tools they need to realize ideas. The reasons that Rozbehni sa co-organizes Social Impact Award are more than obvious!

Learn more about SIA Slovakia and Rozbehni sa.

 

Slovenia

Country Coordinator: José Antonia Morales

For the past 20+ years Jose has been working with corporate teams, SMEs and young entrepreneurs by always bringing new perspectives, challenging the status quo and sparking innovation.  He has co-founded one of the first international Web communities in Latin America, Exchange Latino, in partnership with Microsoft Peru.  He founded the 5th Internet Service Provider in Peru and was recognised by Microsoft Corp as one of the 18 Global Partner Area Leads. The US Patent and Trademark office granted he his first invention and today he is founder of multiple initiatives such as Fear & Fail, Aurora Co-working, Lincoln Island, New Year Canvas and The Glue.

 

Implementing Organization: Aurora Coworking

Grow your business. Connect with possible partners and customers. Present your products, services and ideas. Find a mentor. Aurora Coworking is the physical space where empowered individuals and creative business get interact and share a coffee or two.

Learn more about SIA Slovenia and Aurora Coworking.

 

Switzerland

Joined the SIA community in: 2014

Country Coordinator: Ilaria Marchese

Scientific research and technological innovation lead us to live in exciting times where everything is rapidly changing. To cope with these new realities, we must always rethink the way we work and respond to the challenges of our times: social entrepreneurs have a key role in shaping our future. Ilaria hopes to make a difference and contribute to make the world a better place by helping young social entrepreneurs develop and flourish as “in the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create” (David Ogilvy). Ilaria holds a bachelor degree in economics from UNIGE and a B.B.A. from IFM.

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Geneva

Located in the heart of Geneva, we provide a space where entrepreneurs and innovators come together to prototype new models for a society that works for all – connecting sectors, industries and cultural background. We offer access to an inspiring working space, a vibrant learning community, startup incubation programmes, inspiring events and innovative workshops and courses. As a member, you join a community of over 10 000 members in 70+ Impact Hubs across the world, innovating for a new kind of economy.

Learn more about SIA Switzerland. and Impact Hub Geneva.

 

Tunisia

Joined the SIA community in: 2017

Country Coordinator: Yahya Marzouk

As a vision-driven and goals-focused individual, Yahya has been changing lives of youth in Tunisia. Well integrated into the entrepreneurship scene in Tunisia and active in the NGO sector in the MENA region, Yahya has empowered many youngsters to take initiative, get self-employed and moreover, to dream BIG. Yahya has been fellow of the Enpact and SEED Euromed programme. His interest is in: social innovation, social entrepreneurship, whereas he can provide know-how in: project pitching / writing,moving from NGO to a social enterprise and social business modeling.

 

Implementing Organization: Enpact Tunisia

Enpact Tunisia supports responsible entrepreneurs with innovative mentoring programmes, by creating entrepreneur spaces and analysing the startup friendliness of cities.

Learn more about SIA Tunisia and Enpact Tunisia.

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