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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-for-profit) through incubation, facilitating collaboration with local investors and philanthropists. Impact Club is a program developed by Impact Hub Ticino, made possible by the Migros Pioneer Fund in collaboration with Stiftung Mercator Schweiz and a group of local 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.

The first edition of the incubator will start in September 2022. The next open call will take place in spring 2023. If you are interested in learning more, write to us!

Through a collaborative, inclusive and iterative approach, Impact Club offers entrepreneurs, social innovators, investors and philanthropists the opportunity to collaborate in order to make a tangible impact on the ground.

The incubation program includes a series of webinars open to the public with experts in impact entrepreneurship. Register here!

The first “Agorà for impact projects” in Ticino will be held on October 15, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

The Impact Club call

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

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 incubator dates

Timeline

July 26

Kick off Meeting

Incubator presentation. The teams get to know the Impact Club team and get to know each other.
September 2

Module 1: Mindset

We align individual values with project values, working on the theory of change and the five dimensions of impact. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September.
September 23

Module 2: Impact models

Impact business model development. Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September.
October 14

Module 3: Organisation and team

Agorà is open to the Impact Hub community. Business and team organisation. Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October.
November 11

Module 4: Strategy

Exhibition and analysis of positioning and marketing strategy. Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November.
December 2

Module 5: Management

Financial management, fundraising and project governance. Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December.
January 13

Module 6: Storytelling

Narratives: business plan and pitch. Friday 13 to Sunday 15 January.
January 23

Final pitching week

Targeted meetings with possible financiers and the Impact Hub Ticino community. From 23 to 27 January.

All activities will take place at Impact Hub Ticino, in Via Ciseri 3, Lugano. Each module will take place over the week-end. It will start on Friday evening at 6 pm, continue Saturday morning and afternoon, until Sunday morning.

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

The Mercator Foundation Switzerland is committed to building an open, supportive and ecologically sustainable society that offers fair opportunities and the chance to participate in its growth. Further information: https://www.stiftung-mercator.ch

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).