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We support the development of impact-driven entrepreneurial projects in Ticino

Impact Club is a program of Impact Hub Ticino that aims to support the development of impact-driven and social innovation entrepreneurial projects (for-profit and non-profit) in the Italian part of Switzerland, facilitating collaboration with selected investors and philanthropists. 

Every year Impact Club offers early-stage projects a 5 month incubation program, aimed at developing a sustainable business model that combines impact with an adequate economic return, and preparing them to receive the necessary funds.

Thanks to a collaborative, inclusive and iterative approach, Impact Club offers entrepreneurs, social innovators, investors and philanthropists the opportunity to work together toward achieving tangible impact in the territory.

The open call for the submission of projects to the incubator closed on May 6, 2022.  

What we do

Incubation

Zebras, not unicorns!

We offer an incubation programme and a support network for impact-driven projects to create sustainable solutions: zebras, not unicorns!

Investments

Investors and philanthropists together!

We give investors and philanthropists with an interest in the territory the opportunity to discover and choose projects to support in the Italian part of Switzerland.

Impact

Measurable impact!

We measure the impact of each project using a monitoring system based on sustainable development goals.

Inclusion

Better together!

We work with an inclusive, collaborative and iterative approach.

Open call

Impact Club offers a new incubation program for early-stage projects based in the Italian part of Switzerland.

We are looking for teams ready to get involved and commit to learning from each other while improving the impact and the economic sustainability of their projects.

Examples of themes:

Agriculture and biodiversity

Services in remote areas

Education and empowerment

Work and social integration

Improving environmental impact

Sustainable tourism

Circular Economy

Health and well-being

Sustainable mobility

Innovative energy projects

Reducing CO2 emissions

Regenerative innovation

What we offer

incubation

5-month incubation program

one-to-one

Mentoring and 1:1 coaching

workshops

Participation in thematic workshops

peer-to-peer

Peer-to-peer learning

community

Participation in the activities of the IH Ticino community

investors

Meetings with investors and philanthropists and field visits

switzerland

Access to the coworking spaces of IH Switzerland

personal-development

Personal development and well-being

The selection path

Timeline

April 11

Open call for applications

Kick-off of the program and launch of the call for applications.
April 20

Information webinar

First information webinar open to all interested project proponents.
April 26

Information webinar

Second information webinar open to all interested project proponents.
May 6

Application Deadline

Application deadline.
September 2

Start of incubation program

Time to start! The selected teams start their program.

All activities will take place at Impact Hub Ticino, in Via Ciseri 3, Lugano.

Do you invest in start-ups, do you do philanthropy or would you like to start doing so?

Impact Club brings together investors and philanthropists who aim to improve the social and environmental impact of their investments in Ticino and in the Italian part of the Grigioni.

We offer a dynamic, competent and flexible space to discover and support local projects and innovative impact-driven practices. We actively involve investors and philanthropists in the project selection process and incubation program. 

Nine investors and philanthropists are participating in the first edition of the incubation program.

If you are interested in finding out more about our program, e-mail us!

The Migros Pioneer Fund seeks out and promotes ideas with potential for society. It makes possible innovative projects that break new ground and try out future-oriented solutions. The results-based support approach combines financial support with coaching services.

The Migros Pioneer Fund is part of the social commitment of the Migros Group and is realised thanks to the Migros Group companies with around CHF 15 million per year.

More information here

Asking for more information

Write to: zebra (at) impactclub (dot) ch

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The header photos are from Ivan Louis (the cow in Ebnat-Kappel, Switzerland) and Ron Dauphin (the zebra).