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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.


Impact 2019

The second edition of a unique and first of a kind conference in South-East Europe. We are focused on accelerating the effect of social impact we are creating and building together.

At Impact 2018 we brought European and American pioneers of social impact to Zagreb to showcase the best practices, ideas and projects. In 2019, we bring leaders in the industry of impact investing, management, promotion and measurement to Belgrade, hosting more than 250 impacters at Belgrade Cultural Center, one of the central cultural institutions in Serbia.

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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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Ewa Konczal

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager, EVPA

Ewa Konczal joined EVPA in May 2014 as the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager. Ewa is spreading the knowledge about venture philanthropy and social investment in CEE.

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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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Nikica Marinković

Co-Founder, Box system LLC

Nikica Marinković is the Co-Founder at Box System and designer of Woo Box, an ecological and sustainable solution for packaging. Nikica has successfully attracted app 200.000eur in investments from investors in Serbia and abroad and is now in the funding round for 500.000eur.


Simona Simulyte

Founder, ChangeMakers’ON

Simona is Founder & CEO of ChangeMakers’ON, CEO and Co-Founder of European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute, serial entrepreneur, training expert and a business consultant with over 20 years of practical experience.


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: Impact investing and big money

How do venture capital funds look at impact investing trends and challenges, and what and how supporting organizations and impact entrepreneurs relate and respond to them, from their own shoes

Carmen Palafox, MiLa Capital (USA)
Luciano Balbo, Oltre Venture (ITA)
Sana Kapadia, Spring (CAN)
Harry Humphreys, ClearlySo (GBR)
Mona Shah, Harry Specters (GBR)
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 13:45

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)
Neven Marinović, SMART Kolektiv (SRB)
Srdja Ivekovic, FeelsGoodImpact Fund (CRO)
MBQ (ROM) - tbc
Moderator: Sanja Zivkovic, 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

Moderator: Ivana Stancic, SMART Kolektiv (SRB)

13:40 TO 14:45


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

14:45 TO 16:15

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)
Filipe Almeida, Portugal Social Innovation (POR)
Silvia Manca, EIF (LUX)
Nikica Marinković, Box System (SRB)
Moderator: EFSE - tbc

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)
Sasha Bezuhanova, MoveBg (BUG)
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

Money flowing in, operations and businesses flourishing and pushing impactful solutions - how do we manage it to ensure the impact is achieved and its sustainable?

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)
Tatiana Burmistrova, Reach for Change (RUS)
Pawel Nizinski, B corp Europe (POL)
Filippo Montesi, Human Foundation (ITA) - tbc
Anna Schneeberger, Economy for Common Good (AUT) - tbc
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 13:30

Panel: Impact Management trends and challenges

Are there differences between for-profit and non-for-profit impact management? What are the challenges and what are the success stories?

Simona Simulyte, ChangeMakers'ON (LIT)
Kevin Goldberg, GROUPE SOS (FRA)
John Kearns, PARTAS (IRL)
Sreten Vranic, Erste banka Serbia (SRB) - tbc
Shkelzen Marku, Yunus Social Business (ALB) - tbc
Moderator: Goran Jeras, ZEF (CRO)

13:30 TO 14:30


14:30 TO 15:45

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

Harry Humphreys, ClearlySo (GBR)
Kamil Szydlowski, InnoEnergy (POL)
Lalit Gautam, Sensegrass (FRA)
UNDP (SRB) - tbc
Lalit Gautam, Sensegrass (FRA)
IKEA / Patagonia - tbc
Hajdana Rukavina, ZEZ (CRO) - tbc
Moderator: Marko Gregovic, Brodoto (CRO)

II Children and education

Annica Johansson, Reach for Change (SWE)
Guillaume van Gaver, Tele2 (NLD)
Stoyana Stoeva, Social Tea House (BUG)
UNICEF - tbc
Neil McLean, Social Enterprise Academy (GBR) - tbc
Nenad Bakić, IRIM - Croatian Makers (GBR) - tbc
Jelena Đoković, Novak Đoković Foundation (SRB) - tbc
Moderator: Marija Mazic, Reach for Change (CRO)

III Women and entrepreneurship

Carmen Pallafox, MiLa Capital (USA)
Unicredit (SRB)
Irma Zulic, Fondacija 787 (BIH)
Marijana Savić, Bagel Bagel (SRB) - tbc
Sasha Bezuhanova, Move.BG (BUG) - tbc
Moderator: Bistra Kumbaroska, Heartbeats Innovation & Communication (MAC)

15:45 TO 16:00

Short break

16:00 TO 17:15

Pitch: Finalists of Best Nonprofit Campaign Competition

Who are the best campaigns from the region? What are overall winners in all the categories? It's time to find out. Ignite format: 5 minutes, 20 slides

17:15 to 17:30

Closing Ceremony


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; one hour panels; 4 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 2018


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

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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