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Up and Beyond.

Opening doors abroad for sustainable startups.

What

How

The Validate.global program assists international entrepreneurs and innovators tackling the UN SDGs to explore new business and impact opportunities in new markets.

Validate.global combines the forces of international entrepreneurial ecosystems to provide comprehensive entrepreneurial support and access to an international network of potential co-creation partners.

The program is led by Impact Hub Vienna and INiTS, with funding support from the Austrian Development Agency.

Together with our softlanding partners we provide the much needed orientation and business development support in the target markets.

Learn about

The 2021 edition of validate.global focuses on selected countries in Africa, and is delivered in collaboration with our soft landing partners.

How

Validate.global combines the forces of international entrepreneurial ecosystems to provide comprehensive entrepreneurial support and access to an international network of potential co-creation partners.

Together with our softlanding partners we provide the much needed orientation and business development support in the target markets.

The 2021 edition of validate.global focuses on selected countries in Africa, and is delivered in collaboration with our soft landing partners.

Learn about

Program partners:

Comprehensive internationalisation support in creating a working business and impact strategy and modifying existing business models to fit the selected target market

Individual 1on1 support in executing the internationalization strategy to the target market

Curated field trip to one of our partner countries including co-working space, business development expertise and a dedicated coach supporting you on the ground with introductions to the local ecosystem

Business travel costs support

In depth support in managing impact and risk including co-development of impact and risk profiles for potential investment partners

You are incorporated in Europe

You developed an operational product or service (at least a functional prototype) and are willing step into one of our target markets

You make a difference with an innovative and technology-driven product/service

You seek the right partners to run a pilot in the target markets

You have an impact-driven business, tackling the UN SDGs and aiming to explore business opportunities in African markets

The selection of the startups for the first cohort will take place in 3 steps:

 

  1. The Validate.global team will preselect the most promising applicants for the interview phase
  2. Preselected startups take part in a brief interview and impact self-assessment.
  3. Shortlisted startups pitch in front of the jury board

 

Selected startups will be invited to the program kick-off which will take place in the first week of November 2021.

LAunch
SEPT. 9-10

q4 2021
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q1 2022
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I know for sure that WisR would not exist if I hadn’t found the Impact Hub two years ago. I found a community of other founders, friends, and mentors, and learned a lot about how to develop a product, build a sustainable business model, and how to measure the impact of our service.

Klaudia Bachinger – Founder & CEO of WisR https://www.growwisr.com/

In the beginning, Impact Hub was a workspace in order to separate my different projects. Quickly though, it turned into much more with the community becoming my anchor which helped me to not lose faith and encouraged me during difficult times.

Stefan Steinberger – Founder & CEO of refugeescode http://www.refugeescode.at/

We received a 360-degree support from INiTS right from the start. The team is incomparable supportive, internationally very well connected and highly experienced in all aspects of founding, funding and growing a business. The program was perfectly tailored to our needs, no question left open – this was absolutely crucial for our success!”

Isabell Claus – Managing Director of thinkers.ai https://www.thinkers.ai/

I burn for topics where I see the world burn. With the support of Impact Hub Vienna, I could learn how to make a living with it, too.

David Brunmayr – Founder & CEO of Obstraupe https://www.obstraupe.at/

“We at SidekickHealth made great progress with the support of the Health Hub Vienna [INiTS’ spinoff] team. The program is very well organized, professional, and time-efficient. I would advise every health startup with international ambitions to apply. The Health Hub Vienna team did an amazing job and during the program, we accelerated our business significantly. It is highly recommended!”

Sam Oddsson – Founder, SidekickHealth

Impact Hub Vienna and INiTS bring over 25 years of experience in fostering success of impact- and technology-driven startups. Together we aim at building a strong international network of co-creation partners innovating for global goals.

Since 2002 INiTS supports technology-driven startups with high growth potential in various stages of development. We have a strong track record of boosting the performance of early stage ventures achieving a 30 percentage points higher survival rate and three times higher export success rate than average. Health Hub Vienna, the spin-off of INiTS, has fostered collaboration between international growth stage ventures and corporations in the areas of healthcare and life sciences, resulting in numerous pilots and long-term partnerships.

Impact Hub is a diverse community of founders, creatives, investors, established companies and NGOs who have one thing in common–we believe bold, entrepreneurial ideas can change society for the better. At Impact Hub, people innovate with heart, balancing social responsibility with profitability to build a world that works for all.

Alina Moldovan

Program Manager​

Rozaliia Pait

Program manager

Peter Tschuchnig

Program Manager

Diego Heatherman

Venture Manager

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