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What is Impact Weekend?

Impact Weekend is a weekend-long experience to explore the world of social entrepreneurship and to network with industry professionals. It is designed as a workshop in which participants develop new social enterprise models under the careful guidance of experienced mentors with entrepreneurship backgrounds and ultimately present them in front of a jury.

The weekend begins with an open pitching session on Friday where ideas for businesses are proposed and the best 10 ideas will be selected. A team of participants will then be formed around each idea.

On Saturday and Sunday the teams will work together to develop their business plan before they are evaluated during a final pitch on Sunday night. The aim is for teams to use innovative and practical methodologies to create a venture that is scalable and can address real-world issues. Teams will receive valuable mentoring from entrepreneurs throughout the weekend.

On Sunday evening, each team will pitch to investors from traditional and socially oriented venture capital firms. The winning idea of Impact Weekend will receive the necessary tools to continue developing their idea and turn it into a reality.:

- direct entry to Venture Lab *

When: 22nd-24th of April, 2016

Idea Submission Dates: 10th- 22nd of April, 2016


*  for the winning team to have direct access to Venture Lab, it needs to have at least one IE student or alumnus.