• Winners from 8 Countries Meet in Vienna

    Last week 26 student teams from across Europe met in Vienna to collaborate and brainstorm to develop visions for their social enterprises. The Social Impact Award winners are student social entrepreneurs from 8 European countries and are dedicating their summer vacation to new solutions to societal problems.

    In 2 busy days, the students were grilled on their projects, received constructive feedback, inputs on media tools, and had fun imagining newspaper headlines 5 years down the road. Whether someone wins the Nobel Peace Prize or not, it was exciting to see the potential benefits coming to society in the next months and years.

    The teams from all countries were quite impressive, whether they are working with disabled athletes in Austria, improving the blood supply system in Greece, integrating mentally disabled people into social networks in Czech Republic, or fighting food waste in Switzerland.

    The Vision Workshop brought these and more teams together and was the first phase of the Social Impact Summer 2014. We look forward to watching the projects and entrepreneurs develop and are excited about the months ahead!

  • Award Ceremony 2014 – Gratuliere an alle!

    Ein großes Dankeschön an alle, die gestern bei der Social Impact Award Ceremony 2014 waren! Gemeinsam haben wir die größte SIA-Veranstaltung bisher gefeiert und die nächste Generation von SozialunternehmerInnen willkommen geheißen!

    Vor allem bei unseren 13 Finalistenprojekten möchten wir uns für ihre tolle Arbeit und Leistungen für die Gesellschaft danken! Collective Energy, Die Genussbringer, Green VISION, HofgründerInnenbörse, Leila Wien, PROSA, qualitätszeit, Share@Space, SOCIAL FRIENDS, TUgutes, Viva con Agua Österreich, Vienna Legal Literacy Project und wasserkarte.info werden in verschiedensten Bereichen unsere Zukunft besser gestalten und wir sind stolz, dass sie bei uns eingereicht haben!

    Es war gar nicht einfach, die letztendlichen Gewinnerprojekte auszuwählen. Deswegen sind wir auch sehr froh über die große Unterstützung unserer Jury, vielen von euch, die beim Community Voting mitgemacht haben, und der Gäste gestern Abend. Alle haben uns bei der Wahl der 5 Gewinnerprojekte geholfen und wir danken auch euch!

    Nun wer hat die Preise gestern Abend geholt?

    Der Audience Award ging an Vienna Legal Literacy Project

    Den Community Award bekam SOCIAL FRIENDS

    Über den Social Impact durften sich

    Collective Energy

    Green VISION



    Wir freuen uns ebenfalls sehr über alle Projekte und auf die enge Zusammenarbeit mit den Gewinnern im Sommer!

    Alles Liebe,

    Das SIA Österreich Team



  • Community Voting

    After an intense few weeks and many tough decisions, this year´s 13 finalists have now been selected! We are impressed by the many strong applications and the wide diversity. Topics range from IT solutions for the disabled to new financing models for renewable energy and collective consumption. Before we tell you too much though, check out the videos for yourself and vote for your favorites!

    On May 21, come celebrate and welcome the next generation of social entrepreneurs to the community at the Award Ceremony!

    Looking forward to seeing you there,

    The SIA Austria Team

  • 113 Submissions – A New Record

    The results are in, and 113 social and ecological project ideas were submitted to the Social Impact Award Austria this year, a new record! In 8 Social Impact Award countries across Europe a total of 324 ideas have been submitted, forming part of Europe´s largest student social innovation network.

    We could not have done it without all of your support however. By participating, promoting, submitting, brainstorming…the list goes on…you have helped build this network and rocked it like never before!

    Over the next days and weeks we will be going through the project ideas and are excited to see who the finalists will be. Once they have been selected, this year´s community voting will start, and we ask all of you to come to the website and vote for your favorite projects!

    The winners of the Social Impact Award 2014 will be announced at the Award Ceremony on May 21 in Vienna. Everyone is invited – please sign up here.

    Of course, none of what we do would be possible without our partners. We are very grateful for all of their support this year and in years past! This year´s partners are:


    Impact Hub Vienna

    Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, WU Vienna

    ERSTE Foundation

    A1 Telekom

    Wirtschaftskammer Wien


    Steiermärkische Sparkasse

  • Last Call

    Der Social Impact Award schloss letzte Woche die Workshopreihe 2014 ab und kommt nun zur Deadline. Morgen (15.4.) um 18 Uhr ist Einreichschluss für den heurigen Award! Bis dahin kannst du deine Idee für ein soziales oder ökologisches Projekt einreichen.

    Einreichung unter https://austria.socialimpactaward.net/einreichen/.

    Zu gewinnen stehen 4 Preispakete mit jeweils:

    • EUR 4.000
    • Impact Hub Vienna Mitgliedschaft mit Arbeitsraum und Netzwerk
    • Professionelle Unterstützung und Beratung für die Umsetzung der Idee

    Für letzte Fragen stehen wir euch heute (14.4.) von 16-20 Uhr und morgen (15.4.) von 9-12 Uhr über Skypechat zu Verfügung: sia.austria

    Das geht sich bei dir nicht aus? Kontaktiere mich direkt unter diego.heatherman@socialimpactaward.at.

    Alles Gute und toi toi toi!!

    Das SIA Österreich Team

  • Final Support for Your Idea

    The SIA 2014 workshop series is coming to a close. After meeting nearly 500 participants over the last months, the deadline to submit is almost here! To help you put together a solid idea,we are offering a couple opportunities to guide your submission.

    Meet the Jury
    On April 9, 6pm-8pm, come by Impact Hub Vienna to meet some of our jury members and get direct feedback for your ideas and projects!

    Register here and invite your friends on Facebook.

    Feedback Chat

    We are offering three feedback sessions to answer your last questions before submitting. Chat us up on Skype: sia.austria during the following sessions:
    Thursday, April 3, 5pm-7pm
    Monday, April 14, 4pm-8pm
    Tuesday, April 15, 9am-12pm

    Contact the Coordinator
    Program Coordinator Diego Heatherman is happy to answer your questions – diego.heatherman@socialimpactaward.at

  • New Ideas Popping Up

    The Social Impact Awar workshoptour is on in full force! In the next few weeks, young people in Dornbirn, Vienna, Linz, Innsbruck, St. Pölten, Graz, and Klagenfurt will have the chance to generate new ideas and take the first steps towards becoming social entrepreneurs.

    So far, we have seen a variety of interesting projects and ideas. Here are just a few to give a taste of what is possible…

    • A group of law students offering playful legal literacy workshops, to help school kids understand the legal system around them
    • Initial designs using chemistry to make packages that senses when your food is going bad
    • Employing people with a history of poverty to advise others on how to live with less

    Whatever your idea, we want to learn about it and help you turn it into a sustainable project or social enterprise that helps others! Check out the next workshops and submit your ideas to the Social Impact Award!

  • SIA Travels the Country

    The Social Impact Award began its workshop tour in January and will resume on February 28th with Idea Generation in Krems. Many ideas and new projects got started in January and have the chance to further develop in the weeks ahead. Whether you´re in Vienna, Styria, Vorarlberg, or somewhere in the middle, there´s a good chance there will be a workshop close by! Check out all the dates here and sign up for the one nearest you.

    Don´t forget to submit your project idea to us by April 15th at 6pm!

    Good luck to everyone and see you at a workshop soon,

    SIA Austria Team

  • Happy Holidays – Let’s Change the World in 2014

    SIA Kick-Off  Invite

    Dear SIA Friends,

    As the holiday season is upon us, and the year is coming to a close, we are taking the opportunity to

    thank all of you for helping us create an impressive Impact in 2013!

    • Four teams were selected for a Social Impact Summer stipend.

    • More than 90 engaged student teams wrote down their business plans and submitted their


    • Over 400 people took part in our workshops over the past year.

    We could not have achieved this without support from you, our community, and for that we are


    As one year ends, the next is about to begin – and the Social Impact Award is back for 2014. After a

    relaxing holiday break, we invite you to help us take off in the new SIA year:

    • Social Impact Award Kick-Off

    January 14, 2014 at 19:00

    @ Impact Hub Vienna – Lindengasse 56 / 18-19, 1070 Vienna

    You helped us make the world a better place in the year that has gone by, let’s do it again in 2014!

    After the Kick-Off we hope to see you at our Workshops, starting with:

    • Idea Generation

    January 17, 2014 at 16:30

    @ Impact Hub Vienna – Lindengasse 56 / 18-19, 1070 Vienna

    More workshop dates will be announced soon!

    Wishing you a happy holiday season,

    Your SIA Austria Team

  • Erfolgreiches 2013 für Theaterflucht

    Seit ihrem SIA-Gewinn letzten Sommer arbeitet Theaterflucht fleißig und konnte ihren Kindern heuer großartige zwei Wochen bieten, wie in diesen Bildern ja sofort erkennbar ist! Die Planungen für nächstes Jahr stehen auch schon am Start, aber zuerst mal ein kleines Video –

    Gratuliere Theaterflucht und viel Erfolg im neuen Jahre!

    -SIA Österreich Team

    Mehr über Theaterflucht könnt ihr auf Facebook sowie ihrer Homepage finden.