What is the Impact Hub Network?
We are the world’s largest community (16,000+ members) and accelerator for positive change. With 100+ locations across five continents, in more than 50 countries, we have the local startup communities needed to fuel and mobilize amplified innovation. Impact Hub builds community for impact at scale. When you join Impact Hub Barcelona you belong to this larger global community.
What is an Impact Hub?
An Impact Hub consists of three distinct elements. First, it is a vibrant community of passionate and entrepreneurial people who share an underlying intention to bring about positive change and act as peers to cross-fertilize and develop their ventures. Second, it is a source of inspiration that provides meaningful content through thought-provoking events, innovation labs, learning spaces, programs and facilitated conversations that support positive impact. Third, an Impact Hub is a physical space that offers a flexible and highly functional infrastructure to work, meet, learn and connect. The magic happens where these three elements connect and are brought to life through the art of hosting. The idea spread like wildfire and resulted in the emergence of a global movement to create Impact Hubs in more than 100 cities around the world and is still growing.
What do we do?
We support building ecosystems to drive collaboration and entrepreneurial innovation around the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our locally rooted Impact Hubs, as well as partners and allied networks. Our Impact Hub experience has three core components. We want people to take collaborative action for positive impact, that’s why around the world we inspire, connect and enable people to drive this change.
How do I become a member?
Have a look at our membership packages and evaluate which would best suit your needs, then please fill in the application form on this website. Someone from our team will contact you shortly to schedule a meeting to get to know each other better and plan your membership experience.
I am not a social entrepreneur. Can I join Impact Hub Barcelona?
Our purpose is to bring together people from diverse horizons to foster impact-driven collaborations. Therefore, you don’t have to be a social entrepreneur to be part of our ecosystem. Our community is made up of entrepreneurs, freelancers and professionals. Our hub-members have different backgrounds, but share the same intention to empower one another and act as peers to cross-fertilize and develop their ventures.
Can I work in another Impact Hub?
Yes. If you’re a member of Imapct Hub Barcelona, you can visit every Impact Hub three days a year, every year. So what does this mean? If you wanted to stop by Impact Hub Accra for three days, then jump over to Impact Hub Mexico City for three days and then to Impact Hub Tokyo for three days – you can! All you have to do is complete the form in this this website to the right to notify the Impact Hub you’d like to visit.
Is Impact Hub a franchise?
No. The Impact Hub IP and Brand is owned by the “Impact Hub Association”, a collective of all Impact Hubs. The Association is the sole owner of “HUB GmbH (Impact Hub Company)”, a charitable company with the mandate to manage global operations and facilitate the development of the network as a whole, similar to hosting a local Impact Hub community. Impact Hub Company is currently run by a dispersed global team, several of which are local Impact Hub founders.
Where was the first Impact Hub?
The first Impact Hub opened in central London in early 2005, and remains open and active to this day! Located on the top floor of an old warehouse, Impact Hub Islington in London, UK, embodied the spirit of grassroots entrepreneurship. Everything was built from scratch, and the space was designed to provide a collaborative environment in which people could work, meet, and learn within a modular structure. It featured leaf-shaped tables that allowed for flexible co-working, a semi-open meeting room where users could hold workshops, a secluded library for quiet thinking, and a community kitchen where people could hold small meetings over lunch or coffee. There were no assigned work stations, so users would sit next to a different fellow user every time they visited Impact Hub. The main idea was to create a place where unlikely allies would meet by serendipity. The concept of hot desks in today’s world is commonly known, but more than 10 years ago, this was a completely new concept.