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Impact Hub

Publication date: 2014
Keywords: co-working spaces, collaborative community, social entrepreneurs

Impact Hub (IH) is a ‘locally active and globally connected’ network of social entrepreneurs, combining elements from co-working spaces, innovation labs and business incubators. Impact Hubs across the world aim to create ‘inspiring spaces’, ‘vibrant communities’ and ‘meaningful content’, inspired by the shared values of ‘trust’, ‘courage’ and ‘collaboration’. In 2005, the first ‘Hub’ was opened in London, followed by our local case-studies: Hubs in São Paulo, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. From 2010 onwards, the network and the amount of local hubs has ‘grown like wildfire’. In 2017, there are over 95 local Impact Hubs across 5 continents and more than 5 Impact Hubs ‘in the making’. Combined, the Impact Hubs have over 16.000 members, mostly social entrepreneurs ‘working on ideas for a radically better world’.


Relevance for TRANSIT  

Impact Hub is a global network of social entrepreneurs that are intentionally working on social innovation and other forms of change, explicitly aiming for positive societal impact.


Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database

Impact Hub Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Impact Hub Belo Horizonte (Brazil)

Impact Hub Vienna (Austria)

Impact Hub London King’s Cross (UK)


Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

Impact Hub Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Impact Hub Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Impact Hub São Paulo (Brazil)



Avelino, F.; Wittmayer, J. M. and Afonso, R. (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative of the Impact Hub : a summary. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Wittmayer, J. M; Avelino, F. and Afonso, R. (eds.) (2015) WP4 case study report : Impact Hub, TRANSIT: EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.


Research Coordination: DRIFT - Flor Avelino 

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