Impact Week Albania in Gjirokastër,                    from 15 March to 23 March 2023


2023 is bringing Impact Week to a brand-new location: Gjirokastër in Albania! This cobble-stoned city in southern Albania began as a fourth-century castle and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.  


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.


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. If you are interested in Impact Week and would like to apply for one of our other upcoming events, please click here. 

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 is €2,195. The local expenses for food and accommodation are €503.


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

9 January

Registration opens for participation
31 January

Registration Closes

18 February Hybrid or virtual all-hands meeting of all participants @ Frankfurt Airport Center
14 March Travel to Albania
15 - 17 March Train the Coach: Our Junior Coaches get a professional Design Thinking training
20 - 23 March Impact Week Albania – 4 days Design Thinking Challenge
23 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.

Impact Week and Covid-19

Impact Weeks 2023 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 Albania 2022:

Janina Steigerwald

Mara Schöndorfer

Muktha Hiremath

Sydney Jones



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