Our Strategic Partners

It is a key mission of Social Impact Award to serve as an ecoystem builder in the field of social entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. We aim at connecting individuals and organizations from different sectors and countries. Some of those are especially important to us: our strategic partners. They are the ones we learn from every day. They inspire us with their dedication and passion. They are our strongest allies in creating resilient ecosystems. Whether they come from academia, corporate, public institutions or civil society, without them we could not create the impact we all aim for. Thank you!


The WU Vienna is one of the biggest universities of Austria with 22,000 students and 2,100 employees. At WU, Social Impact Award is coordinated by the Social Entrepreneurship Center. The aim of the Social Entrepreneurship Center is to generate and disseminate knowledge about the new field of social entrepreneurship in Austria as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Furthermore, it aims at supporting the actors in the field with expertise and various other support services. These services include basic and applied research, scientific supervision of programs, teaching and executive training, and capacity building offers in over 15 countries. Previous and current partners include the European Commission, ERSTE Foundation, Roland Berger Foundation, Fraunhofer Ventures, Impact Hub Global, UNDP and numerous social start-ups.


The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (E&I) at WU Vienna is one of the leading international research institutes for entrepreneurship and innovation management. Social Impact Award was founded at the E&I Institute in 2009 and was coordinated by it until 2013.


In a nutshell: Impact Hub Vienna is a place that inspires and supports new solutions for the world’s most pressing issues. Located in a beautiful, restored loft at the heart of the city, embedded in a global network of people and places dedicated to driving positive change, filled with all the tools and trimmings needed to realize impactful ideas and develop new ventures. Individuals and teams work on initiatives to alleviate poverty, energy solutions from recycled products, design approaches to sustainability or fashion labels with a sociocultural mission. Established NGOs host strategy meetings or creative workshops. Companies use the space for new ideas upon their social responsibility. And events of all kind link theory with pratice, bring together business and society, connect old and young.


In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. Currently, ERSTE Foundation is the main shareholder of Erste Group. It is an effective partner of a strong and confident civil society in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The foundation invests part of its dividends to enable civil society, the inclusion of socially disadvantaged groups, and contemporary and socially engaged art. ERSTE Foundation offers inspiring models of successful social integration and cultural innovation to stimulate the engagement of others, as examples of good practice and as a reference for partnerships with other actors.



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