Ready to discover South America’s hidden jewel? This Impact Week we will bring you to a country where you can fully emerge in the Latin-American way of living: Paraguay! Together with our local partners the Penguin Academy and the German University, we organize our Design Thinking Training in Asunción, Paraguay’s capital city. Get ready for an intense intercultural experience where drinking Mate is just the tip of the iceberg!


What to expect in Asunción?

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 on their new roles as Design Thinking Coaches and work together with students 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.



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.


You can find more information in the document below:

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


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.



Applications are open until 15 June.

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 €2,995. The local expenses for food and accommodation are €550.

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



We also encourage the participation of individuals and smaller organizations. Please approach us for reduced rates for remaining places, early bird rates, and individual bookings. 





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




17 June

Virtual kick-off meeting of all participants

4 July

Travel to Asunción

5 - 7 July

Train the Coach: Our Junior Coaches get a professional Design Thinking training

10 - 13 July

Impact Week Paraguay – 4 days Design Thinking Challenge

13 July

Pitch day and closing ceremony of Impact Week Paraguay 2023




All teams will receive details regarding the 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 Paraguay 2023:



Maria Jose Galeano

Carolin Tänzer


Impact Week

Lead Organizer

Lead Organizer

Alexander Grots

Bashiru / Ideo

Lead Coach