Interview with Leon Reiner Co-Founder and Managing Director Impact Hub Berlin.
What challenge was the inspiration for your project?
Entrepreneurs have the potential to change the world and create a future worth living for people and the planet, if they succeed in combining social and ecological responsibility with economic stability. For a new generation of impact-driven entrepreneurs, this challenge is part of their DNA. They require and deserve special attention and support.
What was your innovation that addresses this problem?
Impact Hub Berlin combines collaborative workspace, individual business advice and connection to a global network into a sustainable support system for impact-driven entrepreneurs.
What impact has Triodos Bank had on your business?
Triodos Bank and the great team in Berlin led our 4 million EUR growth financing round that allowed us to develop our new location. Our new building - known as the CRCLR (circular) House – is a 3,500m2 collaborative space on the site of a former brewery. Embracing an innovative approach, the space will embody cradle-to-cradle thinking in all aspects of its creation and operations. The interior will comprise coworking and private offices, meeting rooms, maker labs and gastronomy units. Circular economy principles guide its purpose and process, which includes reusing the timber and bricks from the pre-existing warehouse and reducing waste from its operations at every possible point. For Impact Hub Berlin, this is a game changer, and it will fuel our growth for years to come.
What impact has your business had on the sector you work in?
Since we started Impact Hub in Berlin in 2014, we have supported thousands of changemakers, innovators, founders, companies, and institutions to successfully use innovation to create positive impact. As a pioneer in the impact innovation space, we have been one of the driving forces turning concepts like social entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainability into mainstream topics that are heavily discussed by civil society, industry, and government.
What impact has your business had on the community?
As well as supporting thousands of impact entrepreneurs each year, Impact Hub Berlin has always aimed to be a good neighbour. We regularly collaborate on local events and community initiatives in our area, and will continue to do so in our new location.
How does Triodos Bank share your vision?
At its core, Triodos Bank helps people and organisations who want to use business to create a better world through its financial service portfolio. So Triodos and Impact Hub Berlin do the same thing, just with different tools!
Leon Reiner, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Impact Hub Berlin.