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Social Impact Award Switzerland

Social Impact Award Switzerland

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“ WE PROMOTE THE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMONG YOUTH IN SWITZERLAND „

A year-long program developed by the University of Vienna in 2009 to empower today’s youth to take action as social entrepreneurs and informed change-makers. Impact Hub Geneva implements the Social Impact Award (SIA) in Switzerland following a similar timeline and structure while focusing on local needs and opportunities by partnering with local universities, actors, experts and entrepreneurship networks.

Workshops: In Q1 SIA offers free and open-to-all workshops in several large Swiss cities empowering young people directly with tools and techniques to lay the foundation for their impact-driven projects and raising awareness about social entrepreneurship; 'doing good, while doing well' concept.

Idea competition: SIA Switzerland then launches an under-30 idea competition: it invites under-30s living in Switzerland to submit their inspirational ideas and projects to address global challenges locally. The projects are selected based on social impact, degree of innovation and feasibility.

Finalists’ incubation: 12 finalists will have access to a 10-week incubation program including bi-weekly entrepreneurial workshops, individual coaching from business coaches, individual mentoring sessions from senior employees of renowned corporations, access to a creative workspace & international networks!

Winners’ ongoing support: The 4 most promising projects will be awarded the Social Impact Award which includes participation in the SIA International Summit, a gathering of more than 150 young social innovators from 18 countries in Europe and beyond; seed funding of up to CHF 4’000; 3 months of tailor-made support in a stimulating environment & access to unique learning opportunities.

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