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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: Sonila Necaj

Sonila used to work in banking for more than eight years and joined Yunus Social Business in 2017. She perceives working with YSB team and bringing SIA to Albania as a great platform to provide opportunities for young people to become impactful entrepreneurs. It is Sonila’s passion is to create social impact on society and support the next generation of social innovators to fullfil their dreams and potential.

 

 

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: Jonas Dinger

After two years as a junior researcher at the Social Entrepreneurship Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Jonas became the Social Impact Award Country Coordinator of Austria in 2018. In addition to the more academic work with Social Entrepreneurship, Jonas has now worked around three and a half years for different intermediary organizations in the field of Social Entrepreneurship, such as SEED – Promoting Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development or GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). Jonas did his undergraduate studies in political science at LMU Munich and the University of Vilnius, and a master’s degree in political science at the University of Vienna.

Implementing Organization: SIA Social Impact Award gGmbH

SIA Austria is an integrated part of the entity leading SIA internationally. With its headquarter in Vienna, Austria the “SIA Social Impact Award gGmbH” is supporting SIA Austria and all country teams around the globe to run impactful education and incubation programs.

Learn more about SIA Austria or check out SIA’s international website.

 

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): Deniz Hozi

Deniz is an optimist who is in love with design thinking and education and he deeply believes that every young person deserves space for mistakes, space for learning, space to take a risk and not to be afraid. As experienced social designer with 9 years engagement in civil sector in Serbia Deniz has worked with youth, students, adults, government, institutions, schools, different NGO’s, cultural organizations and businesses, as an educator. They’ve created learning experience for more than 1500 people, from 12 different countries.

 

Implementing Organization: Propulsion Fund

Propulsion Fund 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, Propulsion Fund has worked on more than 200 initiatives for social progress in the region. With offices in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania, Propulsion Fund 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. Propulsion Fund not only runs SIA in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but also in Kosovo and Montenegro.

Learn more about SIA Bosnia & Herzegovina and Propulsion Fund.

 

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.

 

Kazakhstan

Joined the SIA community in: 2018

Country Coordinator: Indira Shah

Indira has more than 10-year experience working in business and public sectors being responsible for project development and implementation, business development, building and maintaining partnerships and fundraising. Indira holds Masters degree in Advancement Management Practice from University of Bath (UK) and is a certified fundraiser (Institute of Fundraising, UK). Prior to obtaining the degree she worked in banking institutions in the field of marketing and business development. Upon return to Kazakhstan she worked in public sector and managed in-house and outreach programs and projects. For 5 years she led fundraising activities within university and NGO (Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia) setting.
She has 3 year teaching and training experience; managed a research project on social entrepreneurship.

 

Implementing Organization: Impact Hub Pilot Almaty

Impact Hub Pilot Almaty (IHA) – is a unique platform that provides full support to development of social and creative entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan. Being part of global Impact Hub Network comprising of more than 100 hubs with more than 16 000 members in 5 continents, IHA offers combination of access to co-working space, events space, acceleration programs, training and mentorship support, and innovative community of social and creative entrepreneurs in Almaty and Kazakhstan.

Learn more about Impact Hub Pilot Almaty.

 

Kenya

Joined the SIA community in: 2018

Country Coordinator: Mensur Pelinkovic

Frida Owinga is the founder of Passion Profit and she has over 25 years Experience, Education and Exposure in for profit and non profit sectors across industries and geographies. As a Peak Performance Mentoring Coach she supports leaders and their teams to plan,measure and track their performance so that they can produce remarkable results in life and work. Her passion centers on helping people create a life and work they absolutely love and enjoy.

Implementing Organization: PassionProfit

PassionProfit was founded in 2010 by Frida Owinga.  Frida had relocated from Atlanta, GA to apply her education, experience and exposure from the US to make a difference in home country Kenya.  After receiving many CVs from people looking for work in the first months of her return, she started helping the CV senders to start businesses based on their Passion. And PassionProfit was born.  Today PassionProfit provides Start Up founders of all stages with mentoring, networking and access to capital to build thriving world class enterprises of impact.

Learn more about Passion Profit.

 

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): Deniz Hozi

Deniz is an optimist who is in love with design thinking and education and he deeply believes that every young person deserves space for mistakes, space for learning, space to take a risk and not to be afraid. As experienced social designer with 9 years engagement in civil sector in Serbia Deniz has worked with youth, students, adults, government, institutions, schools, different NGO’s, cultural organizations and businesses, as an educator. They’ve created learning experience for more than 1500 people, from 12 different countries.

 

 

Implementing Organization: Propulsion Fund

Propulsion Fund 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, Propulsion Fund has worked on more than 200 initiatives for social progress in the region. With offices in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania, Propulsion Fund 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. Propulsion Fund not only runs SIA in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but also in Kosovo and Montenegro.

Learn more about SIA Kosovo and Propulsion Fund.

 

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: 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): Deniz Hozi

Deniz is an optimist who is in love with design thinking and education and he deeply believes that every young person deserves space for mistakes, space for learning, space to take a risk and not to be afraid. As experienced social designer with 9 years engagement in civil sector in Serbia Deniz has worked with youth, students, adults, government, institutions, schools, different NGO’s, cultural organizations and businesses, as an educator. They’ve created learning experience for more than 1500 people, from 12 different countries.

 

 

Implementing Organization: Propulsion Fund

Propulsion Fund 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, Propulsion Fund has worked on more than 200 initiatives for social progress in the region. With offices in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Albania, Propulsion Fund 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. Propulsion Fund not only runs SIA in Bosnia & Herzegovina, but also in Kosovo and Montenegro.

Learn more about SIA Montenegro and Propulsion Fund.

 

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: Ema Stepanovic

 

Ema firmly believes in the power of engaged citizens to tackle the problems our societies face. Hence, through her professional engagements she has been focusing on strengthening active citizenship, social justice, solidarity, and minority rights. She contributed to organization of various programs, workshops, conferences, and seminars aimed at empowering youth to deal with social inequalities, gender stereotypes, and destructive populist political narratives. Ema recognizes social entrepreneurship as an innovative and powerful toll for social change.

 

 

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: Mladiinfo Slovakia

Mladiinfo is a well-established non-profit organization founded in 2010 by enthusiastic young people with international experiences driven by a powerful vision to positively influence young people in Slovakia. Its goal is to promote international education and youth mobility. Mladiinfo supports young people with information about various opportunities like international exchanges, trainings, volunteering and other opportunities abroad and in Slovakia and implements its own international and local projects. Mladiinfo Slovensko has sent more than 190 volunteers to more than 26 countries through European Voluntary Service program. Through volunteering we have helped the youth becoming active change-makers in their societies, become more open-minded, acceptable, respectful and further on the experiences acquired abroad are providing them with the skills that help them to become more employable on the national or international level. Mladiinfo Slovensko is actively contributing to the vision of whole Mladiinfo Network by supporting the youth empowerment, youth activism and also sense of youth entrepreneurship spirit.

Learn more about SIA Slovakia and Mladiinfo Slovakia.

 

Switzerland

Joined the SIA community in: 2014

Country Coordinator: Enrique Hablutzel

Enrique is a serial entrepreneur with experience in entrepreneurship and innovation in Switzerland and Latin America, he studied at HEC Lausanne the master of Mangement specialised in consulting and strategy he focused his career in scaling and accelerate businesses (including the support from investors), he worked as Regional Manager for Seedstars in Latin America. During 2017, he was supporting the A2030 team scaling and accelerating startups as partnerships manager. The A2030 program support companies on their scaling effort to cross border scale, the companies part of the A2030 program are focused on the development of the Sustainable Development Goals from the UN. Since February 2018 he is the manager of Social Impact Award in Switzerland, running, organizing and developing the program in 4 cities (Lausanne, Geneva, Bern, and Zurich).

 

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.

 

Uganda

Joined the SIA community in: 2018

Country Coordinator: Omoding Geoffrey

Omoding has been a social business startup mentor, coach, trainer and consultant on social entrepreneurship for the past 4 years. He has and still is supporting youth at Social Innovation Academy (SINA) with many creating their own employments. He is also the lead in developing an online course (designed in Africa for African social entrepreneurs) where youth learns about and gets mentorship to create their own social businesses. On top of that, Omoding is a sweet heart to science and technology. In pursuing his love for science and technology, he is a trainer on solar technology and basic electronics and is the founder of The DOcademy, an informal academy where youth develop their passions in science and technology through DOING and MAKING and graduate with their own tech innovations and inventions. He believes that when allowed to make mistakes, our youth can create and advance science and technology to greater heights.

 

Implementing Organization: Social Innovation Academy (SINA)

The Social Innovation Academy (SINA) is a self-managed system eliciting youth’ untapped potentials to drive lasting change and pursue purpose in the world through social entrepreneurship. A holistic empowerment model enables scholars to discover their calling in life and create social enterprises with a positive impact on the environment and the society. In SINA youths are in charge of themselves, living in self-organized and freesponsible communities. Skills and experiences are gained through taking over responsibilities and leading the community through self-management. Scholars become changemakers, applying learning directly with the ability to see challenges as opportunities. Scholars leave with their own jobs created, transcending their marginalized backgrounds as refugees, orphans, poor, street children or former child soldiers.

Learn more about the Social Innovation Academy.

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.

 

Ukraine

Joined the SIA community in: 2018

Country Coordinator: Ivanka Bed

Ivanka has been a manager of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the Ukrainian Social Academy for one year. Her love for people drives her to take meaningful actions in the social sphere. Ivanka really believes in positive social changes. That is why she actively volunteered at the summer children’s camps and at the ICF “In the circle of friends” for children with special needs and children at risk for more than 2 years. She is very inspired by social entrepreneurship and sees the great potential for SIA in Ukraine.

 

 

Implementing Organization: Ukrainian Social Academy

Ukrainian Social Academy is a non-profit organization which aims at formation of future leaders and social entrepreneurs in Ukraine. The mission of the Ukrainian Social Academy is to develop professionals who create social impact. Since 2018 the Ukrainian Social Academy implements and hosts Social Impact Award.

Learn more about SIA Ukraine and Ukrainian Social Academy.

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