circle17 Impacthon

Growing Leaders for Sustainable Transformation

circle17 Impacthon

Wir stehen in den Startlöchern für eine nachhaltige Transformation

Glaubst du auch, dass nachhaltige Veränderung zuallererst bei uns selbst beginnt, wie wir als Gemeinschaft handeln und Geschäfte miteinander tätigen?

Siehst du es auch so, dass die Wirtschaft die richtigen Lösungen für unsere Gesellschafts- und Umweltprobleme parat haben kann? Bist du interessiert neue Geschäftsmodelle und Dienstleistungen zu gestalten, welche helfen die SDG’s zu erreichen?
Dann ist der circle17 Impacthon genau das Richtige für dich! 

Der circle17 Impacthon für „Sustainable Transformation“ ist das Format, wo neue Ideen für nachhaltige Wirtschaftsmodelle kreiert, ausprobiert und weiterentwickelt werden können – zusammen mit Partnern aus dem Privaten und Öffentlichen Sektor.

Wie kannst du helfen folgende Probleme zu lösen?

Impacthon Challenges


Creating sustainable agriculture

How might we create systems that foster the local food supply in novel ways?

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Connecting sustainable mobility

How might we connect different modes of mobility and transportation in novel ways?

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Transforming urban infrastructure

How might we use urban mining to move towards more sustainable cities?

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Challenge 1 – Many of us are inclined to use unsustainable transport, such as the car to go to work or airplane to a holiday destination, because it is more convenient and perceived cheaper than a sustainable alternative. Many of us are buying online because it is more comfortable and cheaper than going to local stores.

How can we satisfy our desires and be more sustainable at the same time? Many of us want to change – however, more sustainable solutions often tend to be more expensive than sustainable ones due to a lack of true-cost pricing (e.g. flying versus taking the train). To create change, we need solutions that are as comfortable and economic as unsustainable alternatives and are therefore not socially exclusive. If those conditions are fulfilled, change to new practices can be facilitated and people can be motivated to modify their transportation behaviour towards being more sustainable.

Competition between different suppliers of mobility has been one of the main problems hindering the creation of sustainable practices and an ecosystem for cooperation, innovation and joint solutions. To create novel systemic models in the mobility and transportation sector, cooperation between different stakeholders is necessary. Organisations cannot build new innovative solutions alone, hence new collaboration models for joint innovation efforts are needed.

Challenge 2 – Awareness about agricultural production, its effects on the climate and often unfair labour conditions has increased significantly. Sustainable local production could reduce negative consequences of food production. However, local and sustainable production is often small-scale and labour-intensive, thereby making those products more expensive. Additionally, consumers often lack access to locally produced, sustainable products and therefore prefer the easier choice of buying non-regional food.

Enhancing the accessibility of local agricultural products for consumers can be the first step towards the creation of a sustainable agricultural system. How can we create systems that enable both ends of the value chain to change their practices and to understand each other’s needs and challenges?
This enhanced awareness creates a community that cares for each other and creates higher value on both sides.

Challenge 3 – Cities are growing rapidly worldwide and becoming the predominant space to live and work in. The visibility and allocation of resources in urban are essential to secure inclusive and resilient cities. Urban resources can have a physical and an immaterial appearance. They appear as raw materials, e.g. for buildings and infrastructure, for food production, or as once used resources, like vacant buildings. Moreover, they could be talents or innovations that only need to be linked to their practical use.

Many resources are left unused in the urban space or, rather, the incentives to (re)use urban resources are missing. Some are abandoned, some are tried out once and left to be covered by dust (e.g. innovative research projects, prototypes), others lie dormant and have not been seen as a potential resource so far. Too many resources are being wasted, because they have not yet been discovered by the appropriate user. It is often cheaper to demolish, e.g. to tear down existing infrastructure. How can we incentivise the re-use of materials, rather than increasing the input of new primary raw materials and therefore exploiting natural and human resources?


Who are we talking to?

The Circle 17 Impacthon is a great opportunity, particularly for young and forward-looking change makers, who are driven by a vision for a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

(1) Do you have a project idea? Apply with your idea, alone or together in a team of maximum three people.

(2) Do you prefer to share your expertise? You can work on the idea of others, who are looking exactly for your knowledge and experience.


Bist du schon am überlegen wie du während bzw. nach deinem Studium eine Karriere in dem Nachhaltigkeitssektor anstreben kannst? Denkst du, dass du zur Lösungen der oben angeführten Probleme beitragen kannst?
Willst du mehr darüber lernen, wie du dein Wissen in ein Nachhaltiges Geschäftsmodell transformieren kannst?


Bist du eine StartUp-GründerIn und bereit deine Idee auf das nächste Level zu bringen?
Oder bist du eine angehende GründerIn, wo die Idee im Kopf ist aber noch das richtige Team benötigt wird und du dich über den Input von Experten und anderen inspirierenden Persönlichkeiten freuen würdest?


Bist du eine Nachwuchskraft, welche es sich zum Ziel gemacht hat positive und nachhaltige Veränderung durch Wirtschaft voranzutreiben?
Arbeitest du an einem Impact Plan und würdest dich von anderen Leuten dazu inspirieren lassen? Willst du mehr darüber lernen wie die Wirtschaft ein Motor für positiven Gesellschaftlichen Wandel sein kann?

Agenda & Location

What’s on the planning

Freitag, 22. November 2019

17:00 – 18:00

18:00 – 20:00
‚Sustainable Transformation’

20:00 – 22:00

Samstag, 23. November 2019

08:00 – 22:00
Design Thinking für sozialen Wandel

Sonntag, 24. November 2019

08:00 – 14:00
Business Modelle der Zukunft

14:00 – 17:00
Impact Pitch Training

17:00 – 21:00
Öffentliches Pitch Event

Veranstaltungsort des Impacthons

Lass dich sich vom vorstädtischen Charme vom Spaces Square One Wien inspirieren.


Square One, Leopold-Ungar-Platz, 2
Vienna 1190, Austria