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Impact 2021

This is a third, mature edition of this unique event in Central and Eastern Europe. 2020 edition of Impact Conference in Sarajevo is once again gathering change-makers to sprout relationships, and develop ideas with a purpose of creating a meaningful social impact. Hosting more than 500 impacters so far, it is driven by the feedback from a strong community.
Don't expect long panel discussions or parallel sessions. Impact 2020 is packed with open talks, fireside chats, and morning coffees. It will give you an opportunity to discuss social impact initiatives with entrepreneurs, impact investors and business support institutions in an inspiring setting of the Brew Imperial Society and charming cafe bars of Sarajevo.

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The Program

The program shows our dedication to creating a productive setting in which you can learn, build your ideas and create long-lasting partnerships



Social entrepreneurship policies in Wester Balkan countries

On-the-spot Assessments using The Better Entrepreneurship Policy Tool
Closed workshop, invite-only

/Lonac Startup Studio/

Suzanne Wisse - Huiskes (Euclid Network)
Neven Marinovic (Smart Kolektiv)


GSEN meeting

Closed meeting, invite-only

/Blind Tiger/

Anna Chojnicka (GSEN)

Impact 2020 Opening

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/


Reception and Registration


Joint light dinner Inc. great domestic craft beer


Opening and Welcome


Opening keynote: Collaboration for Impact

Shawn Ardaiz (Kokoro)


Live performance: Sunday Stories


CEE Breakfast - Creating impact in Central and Eastern Europe

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/

Ewa Konczal (EVPA)

Impact 2020 Conference

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/


Live performance: Sarajevo Drum Orchestra


Open-talk: Why Impact Entrepreneurs often don't Crush Investors?

Zoran Puljic (Mozaik Foundation)
Simona Simulyte (ChangeMakersON)
Arthur van de Graaf (Starters Station)
Peter Surek (Erste Social Finance Holding)


The best country to be a social/impact entrepreneur

Adriano Mancinelli (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Suzanne Wisse - Huiskes (Euclid Network)


Coffee break


Fireside chats

Pros and cons of the Impact Investor mindset

Shawn Ardaiz (Kokoro)
Renata Brkic (FeelsGood Impact Fund)

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/

Lets dig deeper into the Impact Entrepreneur's mind

Marku Shkelzen (Yunus Social Business Balkans)
Vanja Andric (OmoLab)

/Lonac Startup Studio/

Up close and personal - How the Impact Entrepreneur Support Organizations think?

Ewa Konczal (EVPA)
Dusan Jankovic / Hermes Arriaga Sierra (Impact Hub)

/Blind Tiger/


Cosy Lunch break with Simple Trio

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/


Impact artistic performance: Ante Maric


Showcasing: Impact Stars from Western Balkans

Bojana Vuletic (Agro Iris)
Domagoj Boljar (Miret)
Tijana Pejovic (Happy Paws)
Branko Vasiljevic (Meerkiddo Inc.)
Pezana Rexha (Pana)

w/ announcement of EFSE Entrepreneurship Academy DemoDay in October 2020, Sarajevo
Mejra Juzbasic Bajgoric (European Fund for Southeast Europe - EFSE)

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/


Closing keynote

Rebecca Masisak (TechSoup Global)


SE study visits / walking tours

Limited number of visitors, registration before departure

Artisans on Baščaršija
Greens Social Business


Thomson Reuters Foundation Roundtable – Legal Pro Bono Supporting the Impact Sector

/Lonac Startup Studio/

Adriano Mancinelli (Thomson Reuters Foundation)


EFSE Regional Impact Forum: Introduction to Angel Investing

Closed meeting, invite-only

/Lonac Startup Studio/

    Renata Brkic (World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Croatia)


Impact Fuck-up Night

w/ joint light dinner and rakija

/Brew Imperial Society (BIS)/

Violeta Masteikienė (GMM Projektai)
Arthur van de Graaf (Starters Station)
Vesna Bajsanski-Agic (Mozaik Foundation)


Live performance: DrumJay


Morning coffee with impact entrepreneurs

/Zlatna Ribica/

Ivan Bozic (Social Cooperative Humana Nova)
Vanja Andric (Omolab)
Pezana Rexha (Pana)
Violeta Masteikienė (GMM Projektai)


Morning coffee with impact investors


Mirjana Sakic (Erste Group)
Renata Brkic (FeelsGood Impact Fund)
Zoran Puljic (Mozaik Impact Fund)


Morning coffee with impact business support organisations

/Blind Tiger/

Simona Simulyte (ChangeMakersON)
Marku Shkelzen (Yunus Social Business Balkans)
Neven Marinovic (Smart Kolektiv)
Irma Botic (ENSIE)


GSEN learning, collaboration and follow-up session

Closed session, invite-only

/Lonac Startup Studio/

Anna Chojnicka (GSEN)


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

Discounts for teams - 25% for second ticket, 50% for third ticket, 75% for fourth ticket, fifth ticket free of charge!



First live streamed Impact Conference. More info to follow.

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Day 1
Day 2
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