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.
The first of its kind in South East Europe, Impact 2018 conference is dedicated to connecting everyone creating a positive impact.
The event will be located at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia. The total capacity of the venue is 250 people, so there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and greet regional, European and international change-makers.
For the first time ever, social impact investors will visit SE Europe to meet with the potential investees.
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 is responsible for strategic communication, public relations and image building, internal communication and corporate culture development, corporate social responsibility and crisis communication at Vipnet.
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.
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.
A variety of lectures, workshops and panel discussions
will keep you entertained, informed and inspired.
Reception and Registration
Get your accreditation and a pack of goodies.
A sweet introduction to two days of learning and connecting, dedicated to creating an impact.
Marko Gregović (Brodoto)
Teo Petričević (ACT Group)
Representative of Croatian government
Representative of US Embassy in Zagreb
Conference MC: Peter Hopwood (Hopwood Communications)
Keynote: Many Forms of Social Impact - Ewa Konczal (EVPA)
How nonprofits, social enterprises and companies can all create social impact?
Panel: How Companies can Create an Impact
How can private companies do good? Most importantly: in light of overwhelming social problems - what are they doing and are they doing enough? Hear what some of the leaders in corporate social responsibility have to say.
Jovana Mehandžić Đurđić (IKEA)
Mirjana Šakić (Erste Group Bank AG)
Martina Rizman Matić (Vipnet)
Ljudmila Bratko Gašpić (Heineken)
Lenka Puh (Etri Skupnost)
Moderator: Vladica Jovanović (Brodoto)
Have a coffee, chat with strangers, make connections
One on One: Social Impact Investing - Rod Schwartz (ClearlySo) & Tina Lee Odinsky-Zec (Zagreb School of Economics and Management)
One on one conversation that will set stage for the discussion on social impact investing and the ways it can change the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors.
Panel: Social Impact Investing
What is the current state of social impact investing? How is it different from traditional investing? What type of investment can bring best social and financial returns?
Rohit Dave (Twilio Impact Fund)
Rod Schwartz (ClearlySo)
Primož Šporar (Sklad 05 Foundation for Social Investment)
Marta-Patricia Aparicio y Montesinos (Business Angel)
Moderator: Ewa Konczal (EVPA)
Social Business Pitching Forum
Social businesses from the region will pitch their business model to potential investors.
Ignite format: 5 minutes, 20 slides.
One on One: Why Social in Social Enterprises - Peter Ptashko (GSEN) & Adrian Fuchs (FASE)
Social Enterprises are an interesting concept. But why are they important and what can we do to support them?
Panel: Social Enterprises - the Future of Business?
Social enterprises have taken hold of the world's imagination. Is this something new and can social enterprises change the way we conduct business?
Zoran Puljić (Mozaik Foundation)
Tadej Slapnik (State Secretary of the Republic of Slovenia)
Neven Marinović (SMART Kolektiv)
Shkelzen Marku (Yunus Social Business Balkans)
Katarina Ivanković Knežević (Ministry of Labour and Pension System, Croatia)
Moderator: Ana Raguž (Impact Hub Zagreb)
Jury Decision & Award to Social Enterprises
Jury: Rohit Dave (Twilio Impact Fund), Bistra Kumbaroska (Social Impact Award), Rod Schwartz (ClearlySo), Sasha Bezuhanova (MOVE.BG), Marta-Patricia Aparicio y Montesinos, Andreja Rosandić
Tips & Coffee for Pitching Teams: How to Get Money and What to Do with It?
Miroslav Vrankić (E-Glas)
Reception and Registration
Keynote: Impact in Nonprofit World - Igor Vidačak (Faculty of Political Science, Zagreb)
Nonprofits and civil initiatives are an essential part of democratic society. How can we make them more impactful?
Panel: How We Measure Impact?
Can we track and measure impact, especially in the world of nonprofits? What are innovative examples of organising that produce better results?
Darko Soković (Propulsion Fund)
Adam Richards (Social Value UK)
Aleksandra Vesić Antić (Catalyst)
Milan Medić (LEADER Network Croatia)
Roxana Damaschin-Tecu (NESsT)
Moderator: Vedran Horvat (Institute for Political Ecology)
Have a coffee or just mingle and meet people who are changing the world.
Panel: Impact & the Role of Foundations and International Stakeholders
What is the role of institutional grant-givers in creating impact? What are the best practices, what are the biggest challenges?
Aleksandra Tomanić (GIZ)
Biljana Dakić Đorđević (Trag Fondacija)
Max Brändle (Friedrich Ebert Foundation)
Igor Bandović (European Fund for the Balkans)
Antoaneta Ivanova (Western Balkans Fund)
Moderator: Peter Ptashko (GSEN)
Panel: Movement, Nonprofit or International Organisations?
What is more impactful? Grassroots organisations, classical NGOs or international organisations? What can we learn from each-other?
Maja Pleić (Center for Peace Studies)
Valentina Otmačić (UNICEF)
Selena Kozakijević (Danish Refugee Council Serbia)
Zoran Tomić (Greenpeace)
Marija Matovska (Social Impact Lab/Mladiinfo International)
Moderator: Srđan Dvornik (Word of Advice)
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
Announcement of the Winners
Who are the best campaigns in each SE country? Which are the overall winners in all categories? It's time to find out.
Jury: Martina Rizman Matić (Vipnet), Mirjana Matešić (HRPSOR), Igor Vidačak (Faculty of Political Science), Mario Aunedi Medek (Mediaval), Ana Šimunović (PR expert)
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.
Special gifts for everyone arriving sustainably (bicycle / train / tram).
Every participant will receive a bag of goodies provided by our sponsors and partners.
All registered participants will get access to the contact database with all the participants (that approved this).
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
This 14-15 of February we will be gathering in the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Avenija Dubrovnik 17, 10000, Zagreb