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The first edition of the Social Business Incubation Programme of the Social Business Hub Styria (SBHS) started with a kick-off event in the UNICORN Startup & Innovation Hub on Thursday, 5 May 2022 . Over the next 12 months, five innovative start-ups will receive targeted support in realizing their products and services, which aim to solve ecological and social problems.
In the Social Business Incubation program, the (prospective) founders of the start-ups cyclebee , Papperlapapp – Spielwelten , threesixnine, artSIP and TAB-it (working title) are supported for up to 12 months with individual advice and expertise and by mentors in their accompanied development. In addition, the teams, which receive a free office workplace on the premises of the Unicorn Startup & Innovation Hub , have the opportunity to continuously expand their know-how through workshops on different subject areas and are supported by the network of the Social Business Hub Styria and the members in the Social & Green Business Community.
“Our society needs people who do something and develop innovative, future-proof solutions with a positive impact on society and the environment, and we look forward to working with the participants in the Social Business Incubation Programme to implement their ideas,” says SBHS board member Kirsten Tangemann . “With individual advice, workshops, technical know-how and a broad network, the prospective Social & Green Enterprises will find the support they need to build a successful social business and as such to make the world a little better,” adds SBHS-Managing director and board member Rüdiger Wetz-Piewald.
Participants start with great enthusiasm
As part of the kick-off event, the future change makers had the opportunity to learn more about their new working environment, and stakeholders such as Michael Freidl from Spinoff & Startup Management at the University of Graz used the opportunity to exchange ideas with the newcomers to UNICORN. The participants are very excited about the coming months. “Through the incubation program, we not only want to be economically successful, but above all to scale our sustainable impact and raise it to a new level,” says Jasmin Dhanani , Founder & CEO of artSIP, describing her expectations.
The environment in the middle of the Graz start-up scene is an additional motivating factor for many, as Elisabeth Flik , the founder of Papperlapapp, emphasizes: “I look forward to further developing my project in an inspiring and creative environment, as well as to receive valuable input in topics that are not in my area of expertise.” The founders of threesixnine, Erleta and Elita Mehmeti, also hope to be able to take the next important development steps with the help of the program. “We are pleased to receive important practical tips and support on our way to founding our business idea through the SBHS incubation program and to be able to build up a valuable network.”
More information about our team in the Social Business Incubation program can be found here.