impACT Berlin – Day 2
impACT Berlin had three components: The Berlin ecosystem tour, the conference day and the un-conference day.
International guests were flown in to Berlin in order to strengthen the global (social) startup ecosystem by bringing together relevant stakeholders. Our holistic approach enhances existing top down and bottom up structures alike.
The impACT Conference Day in Berlin was a replica of the impACT Conference Day in Kabul. After a series of heavy attacks in Afghanistan in May 2017, impACT was created by Ahmad Fahim Didar, Nicole Bogott and Matiullah Rahmaty as an attempt to change the narrative of the country. impACT launched with its first event in August 2017 discussing startup success in Kabul, Afghanistan while introducing Afghan refugees, who returned to their home-country to the Afghan startup scene. Now impACT went international, spreading a new narrative on fragile places such as Afghanistan. The new narrative shows that there are Afghan entrepreneurs passionately rebuilding the country. And there are other places that are just as motivated and eager to do this in other parts of the world.
At impACT Berlin, we welcomed (social) entrepreneurs, startup hubs and experts from Afghanistan and Germany, from academia and the non-profit sector, as well as development cooperation organisations like the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
There was a panel discussion combined with to-the-point-presentations on the three key elements for startup success: networks, resources and knowledge. Compared to the first impACT edition, there were two speakers for each subject – each from a different background and / or nationality.
- Roughly 50% of attendees had an Afghan background
- Roughly 50% were entrepreneurs (startup/company owners) are planning to become one. The other half came from development cooperation organisations and civil society, financial sector and academia
- 6 guests residing in Kabul, 1 residing in Delhi, 2 residing in Geneva, 2 residing in Copenhagen and 1 residing in London attended impACT
- Guests from Germany came from across the country (incl. Frankfurt, Hamburg and Siegen) impACT was promoted through internal networks of AGHAEZ, Founders Institute, Impact Hub Berlin, Migration Hub, IOM and GIZ.