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Accelerating impact in South-East Europe

Some say the ecosystem is not ready. Some say impact ventures are scarce. Some say funding is not there. Some say businesses are changing too slowly. They say we have a long way to go.
We beg to differ.

In the face of new and more urgent societal and environmental challenges daily, we bring together key change makers and impact enablers and providers – impact investors, impact ventures, corporates, foundations and non-governmental organizations, and other key players. We bring the world to South-East Europe and we are showcasing the innovation and impact we are creating in the region.

There has never been a greater need to change the world. There is no time to argue about the means - we must all work together.

Join us for two days of TED-like talks, engaging and focused panel discussions, pitch sessions and much more with one underlying theme - creating and scaling impact, and doing it fast.


Social impact investors from across the globe visit SE Europe to meet with potential investees.

accelerating impact

Learn more about impact in climate change mitigation, agriculture, responsible consumption, education and children, women and employment, human rights and migration.

networking 2.0

Meet and start collaborating with exciting international organisations, funds, ventures and businesses.


Carmen Palafox

Partner, MiLA Capital

Carmen is a Partner at, an accelerator and venture capital fund that invests  in technology-enabled hardware across industries including: Food&AgTech, Cleantech & New Materials, Biotech & Medical Devices, Mobility & Aerospace, etc.

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Silvia Manca

Manager Social Impact Programmes - Institutional Business Development , European Investment Fund (EIF)

Silvia is responsible for the Social Impact Programmes within the Mandate Management team of the European Investment Fund, the specialist provider of risk finance to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Europe.

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Mark Norbury

CEO, UnLtd

Mark has joined UnLtd as CEO in May 2016, prior to which he was a Partner at Leader’s Quest, developing a global community of purpose -driven leaders across private, public and social sectors, and a Trustee of the foundation of impact investor Bridges Ventures. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the charity and social entrepreneurship sectors, most recently as Chief Executive of CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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Mona Shah

Founder, Managing Director and Chocolatier, Harry Specters

Mona has been working with chocolate as a hobby and has founded Harry Specters to craft the most delicious chocolates and create employment for young people with autism, and for every £1 of profit made at Harry Specters, 60p would is set aside for furthering the social aims of the business.

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Jeremy Nicholls

Director and Founder, Social Value International

Jeremy Nicholls is a director and one of the founders of Social Value International, a membership organisation for individuals and organisations supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value.


David Batstone

Senior Managing Partner, Just Business

David is the visionary founder and Managing Director of Just Business a social impact investment firm. His portfolio of successful ventures includes REBBL - top organic beverage in the USA, Z Shoes an organic shoe company, and Not For Sale, a global anti-human trafficking organization.


The Agenda

A variety of keynotes, panel discussions and pitches to keep you entertained, informed and inspired, with breaks designed for most impactful networking

8:30 TO 9:30

Reception and Registration

Get your accreditation and a pack of goodies

9:30 TO 10:00


Short and sweet introduction to two days of inspiring talks and discussions, with an overview of Impact Conference long-term goals

Vladica Jovanović, Brodoto
Teo Petricevic, ACT Group

10:00 TO 10:30

Keynote: Impact Investing - the power of socially good investment

Why is impact investing the future of all investing and what makes it a superior form of investment.

David Batstone, Just Business (USA)

10:30 TO 12:00

Panel: Investing for impact and big returns

Is investing for impact a trend or a challenge? How do (social) investment funds incorporate impact in their activities? Where expectations of social investors and social entrepreneurs/impact ventures can meet? Leading social impact investors will share their views and experiences in applying capital investment for common good.

Carmen Palafox, MiLa Capital (USA)
Luciano Balbo, Oltre Venture (ITA)
Sana Kapadia, Spring (CAN)
Mona Shah, Harry Specters (GBR)
Dinko Novoselec, FeelsGood Impact Fund (CRO)
Moderator: Ewa Konczal, EVPA (POL)

12:00 TO 12:30

Coffee and networking

Drink some coffee or tea, hydrate, say hello to some friends and mingle with some strangers

12:30 TO 14:00

Ecosystem building for impact investing

It takes a (global) village to develop a truly enabling environment for development and growth of impact investing ecosystem. We are taking a look into different practices and trends and how we can apply them to SEE and CEE ecosystems

Daniel Sorrosal, FEBEA (FRA)
Mark Norbury, Ultd/GSEN (GBR)
Raphaelle Sebag, GSG, Impact Invest Lab France (FRA)
Nikica Marinković, Box System (SRB)
Mejra Juzbašić Bajgorić, Finance in Motion, as advisor to EFSE (BIH)
Moderator: Silvia Manca, EIF (LUX)

14:00 TO 15:00


Get your energy boost, discuss your thoughts from the sessions, catch up on your e-mails (if you really have to)

15:00 TO 16:15

Parallel sessions

I Regional funds for impact investing

A deeper look in regional impact funds and what it takes to get investment - regional stakeholders and entrepreneurs pitch in their two cents on the topic

Nikola Stefanović, SEAF (SRB)
Vesna Bajsanski-Agić, Mozaik Foundation (BIH)
Ivana Stančić, SMART Collective (SRB)
Srđa Iveković, FeelsGoodImpact Fund (CRO)
Predrag Borojević, Funky Guerilla (BIH)
Moderator: Sanja Živković, ACT Group (CRO)

II Beyond CSR - regional models and going the extra mile

What corporations are doing and what they can do beyond the status quo to meet the bigger impact

Tijana Koprivica, Delta Holding (SRB)
Sasha Lipman, Hackabu (AUT)
Miloš Paunović, Nordeus (SRB)
Igor Stajić, (SRB)
Moderator: Neven Marinović, SMART Collective (SRB)

16:15 TO 16:30

Short break

16:30 TO 17:45

Impact ventures pitch

Carmen Palafox, MiLA Capital (USA)
NIkola Stefanović, SEAF (SRB)
Luciano Balbo, Oltre Venture (ITA)
Sana Kapadia, Spring (CAN)
Emiliya Angelova, MoveBg (BUG)
Vaclav Pavlecka, Air Ventures (CZE)
Zoran Puljić, Mozaik Foundation (BIH)
Srđa Iveković, FeelsGood Impact Fund (CRO)

17:45 TO 18:00

Wrap up for Day I

9:00 TO 9:30

Reception and Registration

9:30 TO 10:00

Keynote: Managing impact - the crucial task at hand

Why we should be creating as much positive change in people's lives as we can and what needs to change for this to happen.

Jeremy Nicholls, Social Value International, Impact Management Project (GBR)

10:00 TO 11:30

Panel: Trends and challenges in impact measurement

The world is changing - whoever you are you need to measure the impact you are creating. We take a look at different approaches - how do investors, social businesses, corporations, non-profits see it and do it

Jaan Aps, Estonian Social Enterprise Network (EST)
Annica Johansson, Reach for Change (SWE)
Pawel Nizinski, B corp Europe (POL)
Filippo Montesi, Human Foundation (ITA)
Gerd Hofielen, Economy for the Common Good (GER)
Moderator: Zoran Puljić, Mozaik Foundation (BIH)

11:30 TO 12:00

Coffee and networking

Have a coffee or just mingle and meet people who are changing the world

12:00 TO 13:15

Parallel panel sessions

We move to three different spaces for more in depth discussions on social impact investing and how are we fueling it in the fields of climate and agriculture, children and education and women and entrepreneurship

I Climate and agriculture

Kamil Szydlowski, InnoEnergy (POL)
Lalit Gautam, Sensegrass (FRA)
Jelena Anđelić, Agro Iris/Initiative for Development & Cooperation (SRB)
Ana Seke, UNDP (SRB)
Sandra Vlašić, Terra Hub/EIT Climate-KIC Hub Croatia CRO)
Moderator: Marko Gregovic, Brodoto (CRO)

II Children and education

Tatiana Burmistrova, Reach for Change (RUS)
Stoyana Stoeva, Social Tea House (BUG)
Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF
Maja Kremić, Novak Đoković Foundation (SRB)
Ana Koeshall, Divac Foundation (SRB)
Moderator: Marija Mažić, Reach for Change (CRO)

III Women and entrepreneurship

Carmen Pallafox, MiLa Capital (USA)
Zoran Ristić, Unicredit (SRB)
Irma Zulic, Fondacija 787 (BIH)
Marijana Savić, Bagel Bagel (SRB)
Moderator: Bistra Kumbaroska, Heartbeats Innovation & Communication (MAC)

13:15 TO 14:15


14:15 TO 15:45

Panel: Impact Management trends and challenges

All enterprises and investments generate positive and negative outcomes for people
and the planet. Practices are different for investors to those of enterprises,
as well as intermediary and supporting organizations - what's different and what are the challenges and success stories?

Kevin Goldberg, GROUPE SOS (FRA)
John Kearns, PARTAS (IRL)
Sreten Vranic, Erste banka Serbia (SRB)
Jeremy Nicholls, Social Value International (GBR)
Vaclav Pavlecka, Air Ventures (CZE)
Moderator: Goran Jeras, ZEF (CRO)

15:45 TO 16:00

Short break

16:00 TO 17:15

Best Nonprofit Campaigns

Who are the best campaigns from the region? We close the conference with an award ceremony for nonprofits with most innovative, visible and impactful campaigns in 2018 from Serbia and Croatia.

17:15 to 17:30

Closing Ceremony

CEE Social Investors’ Meeting

Invest for Impact

18 February 2019, 18.30 – 21.00

At the first CEE Social Investors’ Meeting the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), together with ACT Group/Brodoto and IMPACT Hub invites potential and experienced social investors to join the journey of investing for impact. Luciano Balbo, seasoned private equity investor, founder and CEO of one of the first impact funds in Europe, will share his story of transitioning from traditional investment to investing for impact with Oltre Venture – setting up two impact funds totaling 50 mln EUR for social investment. He will also share some examples of Oltre’s investments.

Please note this meeting is a day ahead of the IMPACT conference in Belgrade!

apply for cee social investor's meeting

The meeting is by subscription, with limited space. Should you be interested to join please email Damjan Raic ( to sign up.


Why should you be here?

This is the only conference of its kind in SE Europe. But that's not the only reason to attend.

Short & Sweet

We don't want you to be worn-out. That is why we prepared 20 minute presentations; 90min panels; 3 minute pitches.


We encourage discussions, so we made sure our speakers are eager for discussions and there is room left for questions.

Prospective partners

Everyone you need to meet will probably be here and ready to share common interests.

Zero Carbon

We appreciate & reward maintaining an ecological balance. You are welcome to arrive by bicycle, train or tram.


Our sponsors and partners have prepared a bag of goodies for each participant.


Registered participants will get access to the contact database with all participants having previously given the consent.

Call for Applications

Investment Readiness Program

If you are looking to raise more capital for your social business or impact venture, need support in becoming more funding ready or closing the next round of funding, Impact 2019 IRP Call is the right opportunity for your venture.

Investment Readiness Program is an intensive four month mentorship and support program for early stage social/impact ventures, consisting of pre-investment readiness program, pitching at Impact 2019 conference and post-investment readiness program, aiming to support ventures after the pitching process and during their negotiations for the next funding round.

Investment Readiness Program is part of the Impact 2019 Conference and will be delivered through joint partnership of Brodoto and Spring.

apply for investment readiness program

Call for Applications open until 13 January 2019


Ticket Pricing

With the generous support of our partners and sponsors, we managed to keep the prices low so everyone interested can attend.


Get entrance to all events and sessions

Lunch & Coffee

Apply for pitching session

Get access to potential investees

Social Enterprises / Start-ups
Corporations / Investors
Foundations/Intermediary organizations

50% OFF

for participants from the Balkans


Kombank Dvorana

This 19-20 of February we will be gathering in the Kombank Dvorana.


Kombank Dvorana, Dečanska 14, 11000 Beograd

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