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pioneer:impact

The Tyrolean Accelerator for
Impact-Driven Startups

pioneer:impact is an acceleration program by Impact Hub Tirol and Werkstätte Wattens.
We help you bring your startup to market – with deep impact and impressive speed.

Be part of it!

Impact-Driven Startups

pioneer:impact is a program for startups from diverse industries whose business models focus on making an impact and creating scalable solutions. Industries & sectors may include ecotourism, mobility, regenerative agriculture, social services, social inclusion, social justice, gender equality, DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), education, healthcare, decarbonization, renewable energy, energy efficiency, biodiversity, etc.

value-oriented
Startups

For startups and teams with a sustainable, value-based mindset motivated to engage and learn from each other.

company
phase

For startups in the market entry phase (pre-seed, seed) with an existing MVP (PoC).

company
location

 For startups from Western Austria, Bavaria, South Tyrol and Switzerland, ideally with a connection to Tyrol.

striving for
growth

For startups motivated to increase both their positive impact and financial sustainability.

PURPOSE

To make and keep our planet livable, fair and diverse, we need to rethink our ways of living and developing. We want to make an entrepreneurial contribution to this.

VISION

pioneer:impact aims to establish Western Austria as a showcase for a Regenerative Alpine Region – a hotbed for social and environmental innovation.

MISSION

  • We will help hundreds of locally headquartered impact businesses to deepen and broaden their positive social and environmental impact.

  • We will establish a thriving regional impact investing community.

  • By activating and inspiring numerous regional players and interest groups, we will create a thriving impact economy.

your benefits

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Deep 
Mentoring

We work with seasoned, dedicated mentors and coaches, creating a strong relationship between mentees and mentors. Experienced entrepreneurs and impact investors will accompany you throughout the entire program and especially during the deep mentoring phase.

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Impact

Focus

We will combine financial sustainability with impact, rather than using an either-or approach. You will gain a sound strategic understanding of methods, tools, and best practices in impact management, with a special focus on impact measurement.

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Tailored
Financing

There is no one-size-fits-all. We offer you a variety of financial options and a customized mix of capital. This allows you to combine maximum impact with the greatest possible financial sustainability. At the end of the program, there will be an Investor Pitch Day  with a guaranteed investment sum of
€ 150k+ for the best startup/s.

“We founded Impact Hub Tirol to establish Tyrol as a sustainable region with a focus on social and ecological innovation. With pioneer:impact, we continue following and realizing this vision in collaboration with our friends at Werkstätte Wattens and Charly Kleissner.”

Alex Auer and Jana Ganzmann, Co-Founders of Impact Hub Tirol

"Werkstätte Wattens supports founders and innovators in shaping the future in a sustainable and meaningful entrepreneurial way. In order to focus on the positive efficiency of the different business models, we are building this together with the Impact Hub Tirol and the experienced Impact Investor Charly Kleissner pionieer:impact program for socially and environmentally oriented entrepreneurs in the region."

Alexander Koll and Viktoria Steger, Werkstätte Wattens

“My wife Lisa and I have been supporting impact-driven businesses for many years. We have launched programs in India, Hawaii and Vienna. I am especially excited to start the first Deep Impact Program in my home region in collaboration with Impact Hub Tirol and Werkstätte Wattens, supporting them with my experience.”

Charly Kleissner, Co-Founder KL Felicitas Foundation

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Impact Hub Tirol (founded in 2021) is part of the global Impact Hub network. Since 2019, its predecessor organization has been promoting the topics of impact economy and social entrepreneurship in Tyrol, drawing on 15 years of experience and 100+ locations worldwide within its global network. In addition to startup programs, Impact Hub Tirol offers coworking services and consulting for SMEs on their transformation journey towards sustainability and impact. 

"From our very first founding idea, Impact Hub Tirol has been supporting us with any challenges we have faced”

Marina Hülssiep, Co-Founder Naschgarten

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Where Daniel Swarovski laid the foundation for his world-famous company 125 years ago, a young generation of entrepreneurs has breathed new life into the century-old manufacturing site: Werkstätte Wattens is a place for creative exchange and innovative technological solutions. It offers a collaborative work environment, co-working spaces, team offices, production units, a FabLab and meeting and event rooms for up to 400 people. Opened in November 2015 as a major initiative of the Destination Wattens regional development organization on an area of 1,500 sqm, Werkstätte Wattens has since grown to over 6,500 sqm. More than 60 companies from a wide range of industries and over 300 people are building businesses in this inspiring environment.

"Werkstätte Wattens is a place for innovators. I could visualize my dreams the moment I walked over the bridge toward the building. You can still sense the sparkling spirit of the Swarovski crystals that used to be manufactured in these century-old buildings."

Daniela Hochmuth,  CSR Manager PYUA & ABS

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