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HubClub: Development HubClub Launch

Social Innovation for global challenges – Social Entrepreneurs for Development

The practice of one-size-fits-all development assistance is obsolete. Innovative business-driven approaches to development are blurring the lines between project implementers and aid recipients. Mutually-beneficial partnerships with local stakeholders, supported by a profound understanding of grassroots realities are crucial to addressing the scale and complexity of the challenges set out by the SDG 17.

In the first edition of the Development HubClub we will explore the key ingredients for establishing healthy and fruitful development partnerships:

  • What principles can we take away from best practice cases in the field?
  • How can we best use local resources to maximize impact?
  • What does a partnership on an equal footing look like?

We invite you to join us in the cozy atmosphere of the Impact Hub Vienna Library, over a cup of fair-trade tea.
We invite you to listen to and share stories that can trigger and inspire. Explore together what works, what does not work and why. Engage together to uncover principles that can support our future endeavours in emerging markets and developing countries.


Hanns Roehl LemonAID – will share some stories about the central role that certified farming cooperatives play within their business.

“We started the Lemonaid & ChariTea project to incite and shape the process of social change. We want to change the world drink by drink. Beyond Fairtrade, every bottle purchased supports our charitable organisation Lemonaid & ChariTea e.V.”

So far, they raised more than € 1.200.000, to be invested in projects that benefit their suppliers, the certified farming cooperatives.
Dr. Sarvenas Enayati-EttehadiehTwo Wings Foundation – will share their vision of  enhancing impact by systematically applying a very clear set of principles across all activities.
For Two Wings, it is important to make sure

“people don’t turn into passive recipients of development help. Rather, these projects inspire the people to take care of their lives themselves and to engage themselves with their newly acquired abilities and skills for the advancement of their families, village-communities and region. These are projects that address one’s heart and mind. The projects are open for all people – irrespective of skin color, religion or ethnic affiliation.”

Among the participants will be:

  • representatives of the Austrian Development Agency, Impact Hub Vienna,
  • the social entrepreneurs who won the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge,
  • and everybody else who is interested to explore social entrepreneurship for development further.

Date and Time

Tue, 14 June 2016,17:0019:00 CEST


Impact Hub Vienna
56 Lindengasse
Wien, Wien 1070 AT


Impact Hub Vienna & Austrian Developement Agency