Impact Factory

Start-up Lab for Social Entrepreneurs

In 2015, in cooperation with non-profit organisation Social Impact gGmbH, the Beisheim Foundation and the KfW Foundation, Haniel set up an start-up lab for social entrepreneurs. At 31 December 2018, 56 start-ups had already completed the eight-month programme. 31 companies have resulted from this incubator, 28 of which are still on the market. There was a realignment at the end of 2018: The previous team re-founded the start-up incubator at Franz-Haniel-Platz under the name "Impact Factory". The goal is a further professionalisation of the start-up lab for companies that want to use their ideas to counter pressing social challenges. In addition, promising start-ups will be assisted in the formation and growth phases in order to ensure that sustainable social business models are also able to thrive financially.

Haniel also believes that corporate responsibility means enabling staff to make a productive contribution to society through their know-how and skills. Specialist staff and managers can therefore volunteer as mentors in the start-up lab and support beneficiaries with their advice and expertise.

To learn more about the Impact Factory, go to the website.