About circle17And why we do what we do
We are Circle17
Inspire. Connect. Change.
AustrianStartups is Austria’s largest start-up platform and think tank for innovative entrepreneurship
With a team of around 50 startup enthusiasts, the non-profit organization organizes more than 60 events annually, operates communication platforms for more than 30,000 followers from the startup environment and publishes Austria’s largest startup study – the Austrian Startup Monitor.
A strong network
respACT has been supporting its more than 300 member companies for over 20 years in achieving ecological and social goals economically and independently. On a national level, respACT cooperates with ministries, scientific institutions and interest groups.
As the coordinating office of the Global Compact Network Austria and partner of the WBCSD and CSR Europe, respACT is also the right contact at the international level
Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Austrian development cooperation
ADA supports countries in Africa, Asia, South-East and Eastern Europe in their sustainable social, economic and democratic development. In Austria, it contributes to a better understanding of global interrelationships and development cooperation through public relations work and the promotion of development communication and education.
The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA) plans the strategies. ADA, the agency of the Austrian Development Cooperation, implements them with public institutions, civil society organisations and enterprises.
circle17 is realized in cooperation of the two non-profit organizations AustrianStartups and respACT. circle17 is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funding from the Austrian Development Cooperation.
Why we do what we do
Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 goals are specified as 169 targets that involve social, ecological and economic challenges touching areas of critical importance: People, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The intensive work of public and private stakeholders and civil engagement resulted in a comprehensive, far reaching and people centred set of universal and transformative goals and targets.
The integrated nature of the 17 goals makes them indivisible and for their accomplishment all countries are asked to make a combined effort. Each country faces specific challenges with different national realities and capacities, which is another necessity to join forces globally.
Role of businesses for implementing the SDGs:
Companies have a pivotal role for the pursuit of the SDGs. Especially in the topics of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and fight against corruption, companies can make a contribution towards a transformed world.
Being aware of their social responsibility, business leaders can take this as an opportunity to follow sustainability trends and to develop new business strategies in order to reduce risks coming from the climate crisis, resource scarcities or demographic change.
Many companies have already recognised the opportunities and the urgency of the SDGs for the resilience of their business and are being aware that their long-term success depends on the inclusion of social and ecological issues. Innovative sources, new markets and the societal acceptance of economic activities are interconnected with solutions for global challenges via the SDGs.
Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.Read More
The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.Read More
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.Read More
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.Read More
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.Read More
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.Read More
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.Read More
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.Read More
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.Read More
To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.Read More
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.Read More
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Responsible Production and ConsumptionRead More
Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.Read More
LIFE BELOW WATER
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.Read More
LIFE ON LAND
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity lossRead More
PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.Read More
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.Read More
We are lucky to count on various supporters that proactively engage for circle17 and help us promote our vision of sustainable transformation. Thank you for your great contribution!
Maria E. Martinez del Cerro
Knowledge Partners 2019/2020
How our partners contribute
During our first year, various partners have been supporting us with their expertise, services and inspiration. At the Impacthon mentors helped our participants develop their ideas further. Other partners shared their experiences at the flea market and offered guidance to the startup founders.
After the Impacthon several partners guided the startups with expertise and services to develop their business model further. Finally, at the Matchmaking our partners shared their expertise in relevant fields in great keynotes. Thank you to all of you for being part of our community!