Impact Week Albania 2024


In 2024 we are once again bringing Impact Week to Gjirokastër in Albania! This beautiful region in southern Albania is home to a fourth-century castle and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. The area is active with tourism development and committed to the Design Thinking process to further the entrepreneurial efforts. 


What to expect in Gjirokastër?

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 the University of Gjirokastër 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. Check out this blogpost to get some impressions from our last Impact Week in Albania!

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. 

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?

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.

We will update the challenges once they are determined. 

Conditions for Participants

The participation fee for the Design Thinking training, including accommodation and most meals, is €2,995



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


This Impact Week is scheduled in the Central European Time (UTC +2:00)

Date Activity

14 November

Registration opens for participation
20 January

Registration Closes

Mid-February Hybrid or virtual all-hands meeting of all participants 
12 March Travel to Albania
13 - 15 March Train the Coach: Our Junior Coaches get a professional Design Thinking training
18-21 March Impact Week Albania – 4 days Design Thinking Challenge
21 March Pitch day and closing ceremony of Impact Week Albania 2023


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

Do you have further questions?

Contact the organizing team for Impact Week Albania 2024:

Mara Schöndorfer

Christopher Bellieno

Muktha Hiremath

Sydney Jones

Lead Organizer


Lead Coach

Marketing & Communications


We cordially thank Lufthansa Group Airlines for their support in the form of special fares for Impact Week!