Impact Week is a non-profit program that unites people from a variety of countries and organizations. It promotes innovation and entrepreneurship skill progression in developing and emerging economies as a foundation for sustainable growth by establishing sustainable business models using Design Thinking. It equips the next generation for employment, to become inspiring leaders – successful agripreneurs, entrepreneurs and game-changers, regardless of their field or level of expertise.
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We consider ourselves as mentors, not as experts. That’s why we love bringing together people from all sorts of backgrounds who believe in finding innovative ways to solve the world’s problems.
To do so, we organize a 7-day event in different countries of the Global South, called the Impact Week. Our Impact Weeks consist of two parts: a 3-day Train-the-Coach workshop and a 4-day innovation challenge.
Worth noting: Even though the program approach is designed in an equal manner to ensure sustainable success, rest assured that each Impact Week is an original experience in itself!
„From the Impact Week , I first got hope that some of the most complex challenges that the world is facing now can still be tackled
once we are willing to look at them from a new perspective, a more inclusive and user centric way.“
university student and local junior coach
As diverse as the people and cultures we encounter are, as distinct are the challenges of each local community. In Colombia people with an entrepreneurial mindset are still tainted by social inequality and criminal activities, Rwanda is facing a growing economy while struggling with suitable infrastructure. To allow for a better perception and handling of the various regional problems, we’ve identified overarching topic areas and organized them into tracks.
Many companies may struggle to innovate due to complexity or because they lack a clear, systematic and inclusive approach to innovation. Here is where design thinking may present an approach that can be applied in any context where there is a humanrelated challenge. From marketing campaigns to the development of new or enhancement of existing products or services, or even the optimisation of internal processes.
Design thinking is practical, intuitive, dynamic, interactive, flexible, and overall human-centered. It combines everything an innovation process should include.
“The Impact Week for me is always a big learning opportunity, a challenging adventure and a lot of fun.”
Jochen Gürtler, SAP
In 2023, Impact Week is taking place in more places than ever before! This year we are creating impact in 8 different countries all over the globe! While Impact Week Albania, Meghalaya, Paraguay, and Uganda have already inspired young minds, we are looking forward to unleashing the power of Design Thinking in Ghana, Jordan, and the Philippines.
7 Impact Weeks on 4 continents
more than 63 amazing volunteers
173 Trained local Junior Coaches
693 Challenge Participants
08–16 November 2023
Ghana is a proud and peaceful democracy, rich in recourses and culture. Since its independence from foreign rulers, Ghanas economy is increasing and living conditions are improving. Nonetheless, colonialism has left the economy with a huge number of challenges ahead: Rural exodus is particularly prevalent, meanwhile the demand for food ever increasing. We aim to help young Ghanaian Professionals to identify related opportunity spaces, making agriculture an attractive employment opportunity again.
Impact Week and its community are growing rapidly.
Therefore we organize our key topics into the following strategic initiatives: