Impact hub

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Purposecollaboration, networking, social entrepreneurship, design thinking
HeadquartersLindengasse 56
  • Vienna, Austria

Impact Hub Network began at a single location in 2005, but has since evolved into a global community that inspires, connects and enables people across the world to sustainably impact society. There are Impact Hubs in over 100 cities supporting over 16 000 members around the world. Uniquely designed spaces provide a creative environment and a professional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect.[1]


Impact Hub Network is locally-founded and locally-operated impact innovation incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, and nonprofit organizations that collectively own and govern Impact Hub Company, based in Austria.[1][2] Each local Impact Hub must comply with the protocols and policies voted on and approved by the members of the network, in a distributed global operating model.


Purpose of Impact hub

The stated purpose of Impact Hub is "To create a just and sustainable world where business and profit work in support of people and planet." Since 2106, SDGs have provided a common language for Impact Hubs' action.

History of Impact hub

In 2005, the first Impact Hub opened in London, and by 2017 there were more than 100 Impact Hubs across the globe.

Scope of Impact hub


Iniatives in numbers

According to Impact Hub Impact Report 2018[2], there were 100+ Impact Hubs in 50+ countries, holding 11,000+ events annually across 5 continents. They had 16,000, founded 6,400 startups and delivered 200 programs just in 2018.


Links to key examples

Numbers of people involved, and indirect beneficiaries

Impacts of Impact hub

Ecological impacts

Social impacts

Economic impacts

Impacts in other dimensions

Research on Impact hub


Successful Scaling in Social Franchising: The Case of Impact Hub, First Published October 1, 2018,