Crea­ting solu­ti­ons for a world of crises

Impact Start­up pro­gram to respond to the effects of the war against Ukraine

Social entre­pre­neurs­hip plays a key role in addres­sing the various, con­stant­ly chan­ging cri­ses and chal­len­ges we face in socie­ty. PHINEO seeks to con­tri­bu­te to this by edu­ca­ting and equip­ping a new genera­ti­on of com­mit­ted foun­ders with the necessa­ry exper­ti­se and skills. We aim to empower them in their jour­ney towards achie­ving a grea­ter impact in addi­ti­on to a finan­cial return.

App­ly Now

THE CUR­RENT CHALLENGE

Russia’s attack on Ukrai­ne in Febru­a­ry 2022 chan­ged the world. The vio­lence has upen­ded the lives of mil­li­ons of Ukrai­ni­ans, lea­ding to food inse­cu­ri­ty, an ener­gy cri­sis and much more.

As a part of our Impact Start­up Pro­gram, you will get sup­port to design your idea or sca­le your non-pro­fit or for-pro­fit start­up. We are open to many topics as long as they crea­te impact. The­re­fo­re the issu­es ran­ge from refu­gee cri­sis, recon­struc­tion, food inse­cu­ri­ty and ener­gy sup­ply to health and legal issu­es and among others.

We also sup­port dis­pla­ced Ukrai­ni­an women who seek to estab­lish a new livelihood.

Q&A Online-Session for founders!

  • Learn more about pro­gram & app­li­ca­ti­on process
  • Get to know two of the PHINEO-team members 
  • Get sup­port to fina­li­ze your application

Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 26th, 2022,
4:30 pm CET (via Micro­soft Teams)

Regis­ter here

Loo­king for­ward to mee­ting you there!

WHO ARE WE LOO­KING FOR?

  • Non-pro­fit and for-pro­fit star­tups: We are cer­tain that both non-pro­fit as well as for-pro­fits are key sta­ke­hol­ders as long as they are cha­rac­te­ri­zed by a strong entre­pre­neu­ri­al spi­rit and an impact-ori­en­ted mindset.
  • Foun­ders: You are in a team con­sis­ting of at least two foun­ders. At best, you are based in Ber­lin, as the­re is whe­re the pro­gram will take place. As the pro­gram addres­ses the effects of the war against Ukrai­ne, app­li­ca­ti­ons from teams with Ukrai­ni­an par­ti­ci­pants are preferred.
  • Solu­ti­ons: Sin­ce the impact of the war against Ukrai­ne is enor­mous, we are rela­tively open to various inno­va­ti­ve solu­ti­ons and approa­ches. At the very least, you should have an almost finis­hed pro­to­ty­pe that you can test or an exis­ting start­up that you want to bring to a new level.

(Find all infor­ma­ti­on in the FAQs).

TIME­LI­NE

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE PART

  • COA­CHING, TRAI­NINGS & MEN­TO­RING BY LEA­DING EXPERTS: You will be assi­gned a coach who will gui­de you through the pro­gram, cus­to­mi­ze it to your needs and help you build your start­up. The­re will be a wee­kly trai­ning offer with work­shops aimed at addres­sing your needs and gaps. In addi­ti­on the­re is a bud­get for men­tors that you can choo­se from our com­mu­ni­ty of expe­ri­en­ced foun­ders and experts.
  • EXPER­TI­SE AND ACCESS TO IMPACT INVES­TING: PHINEO is one of the pioneers of impact inves­ting in Ger­ma­ny. We com­bi­ne impact and finan­cial know-how in one team. The­re­fo­re, we can help you finan­ce your pro­ject and pro­vi­de access to a net­work of impact investors.
  • CO-WORKING: A neigh­bor­hood for the city of the future is being crea­ted at the for­mer Tegel air­port. You can be part of this com­mu­ni­ty and have a space assi­gned in its pre­mi­ses. You will gain access to a place desi­gned to boost crea­ti­vi­ty and obtain public attention.
  • PUBLIC: In addi­ti­on, we sup­port you with our com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on to our broad net­work of part­ners, orga­ni­ze events and meetups and con­nect you with key players.

Some peop­le who will sup­port you

  • Ali­na Nosen­ko, Head of Stra­te­gic Part­ners­hips at PHINEO, Lin­kedIn
  • Andre­as Rickert, CEO at PHINEO, Lin­kedIn
  • Caro­lin Kro­e­ger, Co-Foun­­­der at bein​g​fe​ma​le​.de, Lin­kedIn
  • Chris­ti­an Boett­cher, Asso­cia­te Foun­der at nuw.ventures, Lin­kedIn
  • Chris­ti­an Kroll, CEO Eco­sia, Lin­kedIn
  • Far­had Dil­mag­ha­ni, Exe­cu­ti­ve Board Pre­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve Public Sec­tor & Inter­na­tio­nal, Lin­kedIn
  • Felix Krau­se, Part­ner at Vireo Ven­tures, Lin­kedIn
  • Lau­ra Koh­ler, Direc­tor Start­up Busi­ness at BRYCK, Lin­kedIn
  • Lyud­my­la Kova­len­ko, CEO und Co-Foun­der Doc­tor Kim­chi, Lin­kedIn
  • Ignatz Schatz, Co-Foun­der at Nyord, Lin­kedIn
  • Mai­ke Striff­ler, Co-Foun­der & Social Entre­pri­se Lead at SINA, Lin­kedIn
  • Mina Kola­gar, Co-Foun­der PAN­TOhe­alth, Lin­kedIn
  • Nora Azz­aoui, Co-Foun­der mimycri, Lin­kedIn
  • Phil­ipp Schmidt, Mana­ging Owner — C4CS Euro­pe — Cen­ter for
    Cor­po­ra­te Sus­taina­bi­li­ty, Lin­kedIn
  • Sabri­na Kon­zok, Co-Foun­der Kiron Digi­tal, Lin­kedIn
  • Sébas­tien Mar­tin, Foun­der & Mana­ging Part­ner at Impact Asso­cia­tes, Lin­kedIn
  • Sebas­ti­an Neu­mann, Head of Impact Star­tups at PHINEO, Lin­kedIn
  • Tho­mas Gnef­kow, Mana­ging Direc­tor of Saferay, Lin­kedIn

FAQs

Who can apply?
  • Sta­ge: Star­tups in all sta­ges (ear­ly or later stage)
  • Busi­ness model: Non-pro­fit as well as for-pro­fit orga­niz­a­ti­ons can apply
  • Solu­ti­on: PHINEO aims to sup­port star­tups that are deve­lo­ping solu­ti­ons in respon­se to the effects of the war against Ukrai­ne. The issu­es addres­sed can ran­ge from refu­gee cri­sis, recon­struc­tion, food inse­cu­ri­ty and ener­gy sup­ply to health and legal issu­es among others.
  • Team: Your team con­sists of at least two foun­ders. At best, you are based in Ber­lin, as the­re is whe­re the pro­gram takes place. Sin­ce the pro­gram addres­ses the effects of war against Ukrai­ne, app­li­ca­ti­ons from teams with Ukrai­ni­an par­ti­ci­pants are preferred.
Why should I apply?
The spe­cial fea­ture of the pro­gram is cer­tain­ly PHINEO’s net­work and exper­ti­se in impact inves­ting, a com­mu­ni­ty of busi­nes­ses, foun­da­ti­ons, inves­tors, NGOs and govern­men­tal orga­niz­a­ti­ons, as well as the inno­va­ti­ve co-working space in the for­mer Tegel air­port site.
How can I bene­fit from par­ti­ci­pa­ting in PHINEO’s Impact Star­tups program?

Coa­ching: You will be assi­gned a coach who will gui­de you through the pro­gram, cus­to­mi­ze it to your needs and help you build your start­up. The­re will be a wee­kly trai­ning offer on rele­vant topics. In addi­ti­on, the­re is a bud­get for men­tors for each start­up. The men­tor pool con­sists of expe­ri­en­ced foun­ders as well as experts.

Experts and access to impact inves­ting: PHINEO is one of the pioneers of impact inves­ting in Ger­ma­ny. We com­bi­ne impact and finan­cial know-how in one team. The­re­fo­re, we can help you finan­ce your pro­ject and pro­vi­de access to impact investors.

Co-Working: A neigh­bor­hood for the city of the future is being crea­ted at the for­mer Tegel Air­port. You can be part of this com­mu­ni­ty and have a space assi­gned in its pre­mi­ses. You will gain access to a place desi­gned to boost crea­ti­vi­ty and obtain public attention.

Publi­ci­ty: In addi­ti­on, we sup­port you with our com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on to our broad net­work of part­ners, orga­ni­ze events and meetups and con­nect you with the right people.

Does the pro­gram offer finan­cial support?

The pro­gram does not offer finan­cial sup­port at this time. Howe­ver, PHINEO is hap­py to make avail­ab­le its wide net­work of com­pa­nies, foun­ders and inves­tors, foun­da­ti­ons and other rele­vant sta­ke­hol­ders from civil socie­ty, as well as govern­men­tal orga­niz­a­ti­ons, in order to help you mate­ria­li­ze your ide­as and find poten­ti­al partners. 

Is pre­vious expe­ri­ence in the start­up eco­sys­tem requi­red to app­ly for the program?
If you are new to or are plan­ning to ven­ture into on the start­up eco­sys­tem, you are also encou­ra­ged to app­ly for the pro­gram. We are hap­py to pro­vi­de you with sup­port also in the ear­ly sta­ges of your idea. For this, plea­se prio­ri­ti­ze your ques­ti­ons and feel free to reach out to us.
Do I need a co-foun­der for my app­li­ca­ti­on to be considered?

We advice you to have a co-foun­der befo­re app­ly­ing for the pro­gram. If you do not have a co-foun­der at this sta­ge, we are hap­py to sup­port you in fin­ding a matching partner.

How much time are the selec­ted star­tups expec­ted to devo­te to the program?

The pro­gram is part-time and has a dura­ti­on of six mon­ths (from 1st Novem­ber, 2022 to 30th April, 2023). The selec­ted teams are able to dis­tri­bu­te their time accord­ing to their sche­du­le. The pro­gram ele­ments will be allo­ca­ted in a con­ve­ni­ent way to meet the needs and gaps of the par­ti­ci­pa­ting teams. It is pos­si­ble to par­ti­ci­pa­te an/​or app­ly to other pro­grams in par­al­lel to our program.

How and when to apply?

You can app­ly here!

App­li­ca­ti­on time­li­ne: Today- Sep­tem­ber 30th2022

Pro­gram dates: Novem­ber 1st, 2022 – April 28th, 2022

How does the app­li­ca­ti­on pro­cess look like?
You will be asked to upload a pitch deck and descri­be your solu­ti­on and its rela­ti­on to the war against Ukrai­ne. Fur­ther­mo­re, it will be necessa­ry to pro­vi­de two short vide­os on your idea and team. Our expert com­mit­tee will eva­lua­te all app­li­ca­ti­ons based on a pre­de­fi­ned set of admis­si­on cri­te­ria. Your data will be trea­ted with utmost care.
Do I have to pay for par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the program?
No, the PHINEO Impact Start­up Pro­gram is free-of-charge.
I need assi­s­tance with the app­li­ca­ti­on plat­form. Who can I reach out to?

If you encoun­ter any tech­ni­cal or other dif­fi­cul­ties while sub­mit­ting your online app­li­ca­ti­on, plea­se feel free to reach out to us (see our con­ta­ct at the bot­tom of this page). Some com­mon dif­fi­cul­ties could ari­se when uploading files or when being unsu­re about what to ans­wer to a spe­ci­fic ques­ti­on, among others. We are hap­py to assist you in all mat­ters rela­ted to the program. 

How many star­tups will be selected?
Up to 10 star­tups will be accep­ted into the program.
Does the pro­gram requi­re phy­si­cal attendance?

A gre­at value of the pro­gram is the pro­found exchan­ge bet­ween experts and star­tups, as well as the varie­ty of net­wor­king oppor­tu­nities bet­ween the par­ti­ci­pa­ting star­tups. That is why phy­si­cal pre­sence in Ber­lin is pre­fer­red. Howe­ver, we are awa­re of the geo­gra­phic cons­traints facing some of the app­li­cants. Thus, if you are plan­ning on part­ne­ring up with someo­ne who is neit­her based nor able to relo­ca­te to Ber­lin, plea­se reach out to us direct­ly to dis­cuss the pro­spects of a remo­te collaboration.

Will PHINEO Impact Start­up Pro­gram take equi­ty or opti­ons from my com­pa­ny if I par­ti­ci­pa­te in the program?

We do not take any equi­ty from our par­ti­ci­pa­ting star­tups. Our goal is to sup­port social entre­pre­neurs­hip as it plays a key role in addres­sing the various, con­stant­ly chan­ging cri­ses and chal­len­ges we face in society.

Join the Impact Start­up Program!

App­ly now

About us

Social entre­pre­neurs­hip plays a key role in addres­sing the various, con­stant­ly chan­ging cri­ses and chal­len­ges we face in socie­ty. This chan­ging natu­re also requi­res new busi­ness models and approa­ches to streng­t­hen the resi­li­en­ce of our socio-eco­lo­gi­cal sys­tem and make our world more liv­a­ble and sus­tainab­le.

PHINEO STAR­TUPS is laun­ching a start­up plat­form in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with part­ners from all three sec­tors as a respon­se to cur­rent and upco­m­ing cri­ses and socie­tal chal­len­ges. We aim to empower social entre­pre­neurs in their jour­ney towards achie­ving a grea­ter impact in addi­ti­on to a finan­cial return.

What can we do for you?

Sebastian Neumann

Head of Impact Startups
sebastian.neumann@phineo.org
+49 30 520 065 115

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