Impact Week Nairobi, Kenya from 28th September to 06th October 2022

After 7 years after the first Impact Week, we come back to where it all began: Nairobi, Kenya!

We are happy to organize another on-site Impact Week in September 2022.


What to expect in Nairobi?


With our two-module approach, we will train a new batch of Junior Coaches by guiding them through a 3-day „Train-the-Coach“ phase. The international and local participants will then take their new role as Design Thinking Coaches and work together with the students of African Nazarene University to find solutions for local challenges. This defines the „Practical phase“ and will give the new Coaches the unique opportunity to directly implement what they have just learned, while being guided by experienced Senior Coaches along the journey.


The innovative and customer-focused orientation of the Design Thinking methodology helps all participants to foster their way of tackling a challenge and the unique spirit of the Impact Week experience will definitely inspire you to look at entrepreneurship and social innovation in a completely different light.


Sounds interesting?

Then apply to secure one of our limited spots on the international Junior Coach Team!

With completion of our program you can call yourself „Design Thinking Coach“ and become a multiplier of the methodology in your professional and private life.


Applications are now closed! 

How does the Impact Week work?

The dual concept of Impact Weeks consists of two modules. In a three-day learning phase, international innovation talents and lecturers from local universities are trained as Design Thinking coaches. During the practical phase, the trained coaches apply their new skills and help students identify challenges within their respective societies and solve them using innovative business models.

Upon completion of the program, you will be a trained coach who has already applied the methodology. You'll gain key skills through Design Thinking, such as innovation, customer focus, and implementation orientation. In addition, Impact Week promotes local entrepreneurship and social innovation. We enable universities to apply Design Thinking themselves and run their own Impact Weeks.

What are the focus areas for challenges?

Our tracks Our track mentors
 1. Urban Development  Shofco (Shining Hope For Communities)
2. Sustainable Tourism help alliance
3. Food Security through Circular Economy BASF
4. Sexual Educations for Adolescents Zana Africa
5. Green Energy Giertsen
6. Sustainability  
7. Inclusion  
8. Wild ideas* *this is anything that doesn't fit into
the "boxes" of the other track topics

Each participating team will work on one focus area. The students can choose their focus area in the application process and get matched accordingly. Then it is up to them to own the challenge and create an innovative idea to tackle it – always keeping the Design Thinking methodology at heart.

Conditions for Participants

The participation fee for the Design Thinking training is €1,950. The local expenses for food and accommodation are €470.

The local transportation from the airport to the hotel and the hotel to the university will be provided by Africa Nazarene University.

Not included in the price are travel costs to and from Nairobi, visa, vaccinations and recreational activities.


Impact Week is scheduled in the Kenyan time zone (UTC +3:00)

Date Activity

June 09

Registration opens for participation
August 01

Registration Closes

September 03 Hybrid all-hands meeting of all participants @ Frankfurt Airport Center
September 26 Travel to Nairobi
September 28-30 Train the Trainer: Our Junior Coaches get a professional Design Thinking training
October 03-06 Impact Week Nairobi – 4 days Design Thinking Challenge
October 06 End of Impact Week Kenya 2022


Teams will receive details regarding exact timings of the event after registration confirmation & selection.

Impact Week and Covid-19

Impact Weeks 2022 will still be held during pandemic periods.
We have been working closely with the local university and have developed a comprehensive protection and hygiene concept.
We reserve the right to cancel the event on short notice depending on the COVID-19 situation in the host country.

Do you have further questions?

Contact the organizing team for Impact Week Nairobi 2022:


Carolin Tänzer   Lead Organizer


Tilo Hillmer         Lead Organizer


James Obuhuma                    Lead Coach