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Bringing It All Together

Some say that businesses are heartless. Some say that nonprofits are mindless. And some say that social enterprises are confused.
We beg to differ.

At the crossroads of business, nonprofits, investors, foundations and social enterprises, Impact 2018 takes positive change to the next level. We are bringing pioneers of social impact under one roof to showcase the best practices from around the world. Our mission: accelerating social change by boosting the connections, funding and visibility of change-makers.

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 at Impact 2018 and experience TED-style talks, engaging panel discussions, pitch sessions and much more all with one underlying theme: how to make the world a better place.


For the first time ever, social impact investors will visit SE Europe to meet with the potential investees.

Corporate social resonsibility

We are bringing some of the world's most socially responsible companies to share their experiences and inspire us.


Meet exciting nonprofits, international organisations and grassroots initiatives that are changing the world.


Martina Rizman Matić

Corporate Communications Director at Vipnet

Martina Rizman Matić is responsible for strategic communication, public relations and image building, internal communication and corporate culture development, corporate social responsibility and crisis communication at Vipnet.

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Jovana Mehandžić Đurđić

Sustainability Manager at IKEA South East Europe

Jovana Mehandžić Đurđić is a Sustainability Manager at IKEA South East Europe and a development specialist with background in democracy, governance, media development, politics and grassroots organizing.

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Zoran Puljić

Director of Mozaik Foundation

Zoran Puljic is the Director of Mozaik Social Enterprise and the 2010 Schwab (World Economic Forum) Social Entrepreneur in Central and Eastern Europe. He successfully started several non- and for-profit organizations, all of which aim for economic and social empowerment of disadvantaged groups, primarily youth and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Rohit Dave

Corporate Development & Global Partnerships, TwilioFund

Rohit is responsible for acquisitions and impact investing for Twilio. 

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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.


Rodney Schwartz

Chief executive at ClearlySo

Rodney Schwartz is CEO of ClearlySo the world’s first marketplace for social business & enterprise (SBEs), commerce and investment.


The Program

A variety of lectures, workshops and panel discussions
will keep you entertained, informed and inspired.

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


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.


Number one rule of Impact 2018: no boredom. 20 minute presentations; 45 minute panels; 5 minute pitches!


Companies need nonprofits. Social enterprises need investors. Everyone that you need to meet will probably be here.


We hate conferences where you can't approach the speakers. We are making sure that all speakers are available for questions.

Carbon minimal

Special gifts for everyone arriving sustainably (bicycle / train / tram).


Every participant will receive a bag of goodies provided by our sponsors and partners.

Stay in Touch

All registered participants will get access to the contact database with all the participants (that approved this).


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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