DEC 20 - JAN 21

circle17 Testing

From prototyping to finished product in eight-weeks time.



In order to bring sustainable benefits to society, solutions must mature quickly and take the step from prototypes to specific products or services.

The circle17 Testing Program is designed to bring the projects, the teams and its team members to test. 

Through a two-month online coaching program ideas from the impacthon will be further worked out, and implemented within different scenarios as soon as possible. This, so that they can provide their effect where they are most needed!

Read more on the three different coaching tracks below.
All Impacthon participants will have access to the two tracks.

Adaptive Resilience

Adaptive Resilience is the ability to recover from adversity, adapt and thrive. It builds the capacity to be productive, resourceful and creative while dealing with changing circumstances or adversity. 

The Adaptive Resilience Program helps to build the behaviours, mental habits and practices that promote personal resilience while growing a resilient culture within teams and organisations. 

The program is structured into 3 modules that offer simple, practical and applied tools. 

  • 11.12. I Module 1 - Develop clarity: learning tools to manage stress and overwhelm, while staying motivated and focused in difficult and uncertain times.
  • 15.1. I Module 2 - Shift mindsets: growing mindsets and skills for adaptability and creativity in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.
  • 12.2. I Module 3 - Build trust: creating a change-capable culture by growing empathy, trust and psychological safety in your team and organisations.

About Barbara Riedenbauer

After 12 years in a stock-listed company and 3 years in one of the Big Four consulting companies, Barbara has made her passion her profession. Since 2015, she works as a Mindful Leadership Coach, Consultant and Trainer. She accompanies people on their way to more joy and success in their work. 

Team & Project Resilience

Learning how to apply resilience thinking on a project and team level, will support a team to keep and grow the momentum build within the impacthon.

However, how do you build this team’s resilience with a team that exists out of so many different stakeholders? Our circle17 Impacthon Teams will go through a series of 3 workshops to find out.

04.12 I 10am - 5pm VALIDATION
After the intensive weekend of co-creation, your validation phase starts. This workshop supports you in validating the new strategic elements of your business model and KPIs, and teaches you methods on how to include external stakeholders in doing so. 

The Ventury
The workshop combines the expertise you gained of validating ideas with tools towards execution power, in the fields of IT-Development and Growth Marketing. How to design a prototype that supports you in your journey towards execution?


WhatAVenture is a worldwide operating innovation consultancy. It has expertise in guiding new business ideas to success. The focus of their work is the combination of corporate power with startup agility. Their proved methods have enabled intrapreneurs to quickly validate and implement their business ideas.

The Ventury

At TheVentury is an agency passionate about innovation, technology and the positive change these can create. They bring brilliant minds together to provide lean & hands-on services in innovation management, data & software engineering and growth marketing to startups and corporates along the whole journey from idea generation to global impact.

All events of circle17 are CO2-compensated and are therefore climate neutral. You can find out more about our efforts to take responsibility here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more in-depth questions on how your journey could look like, please see our full FAQ section.

What is Circle17?

circle17 supports the design of practical business solutions to the most urgent sustainability challenges, by facilitating a platform for startup collaboration with corporates and non-profit organisations.  

In order to identify these most pressing sustainability challenges, circle17 co-operates together with corporates- and non-profit organisations. These sustainability challenges function as a strong foundation, inspiration and validation for the design of system-changing solutions. 

The development of these solutions is not a straight-forward given. It requires an inclusive and experimental approach, modern methodologies, creativity and an innovative out-of-the-box mindset. 

This is where all social innovators come into place: startup founders, academics, changemakers, enthusiasts, coders and creatives come into place. The circle17 Impacthon is an open-call for all those who believe it’s important to unite, in order to solve the most pressing sustainability challenges together. 

Not only does circle17 provide a safe space for eye-to-eye level exchanges, but an inclusive growth platform where the potential that lies with multi-stakeholder collaboration can be understood and unleashed.

Who’s behind circle17?

The circle17 project is brought to life via the two Non-Profit organisations AustrianStartups & respACT.

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.

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.

How does the circle17 program work?

The circle17 programme consists of three phases. 


The discovery is all set to identify and determine the most critical sustainability challenges. Corporates and Civil Society leading the change particiapte in two consecutive workshops (hosted by circle17) to explore trends and define challenges within the sustainable development goals.

Learn more about the programme’s offer on our Lead the change-Page


The circle17 Impacthon is an online hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop practical solutions. Startup founders, entrepreneurs, academics and enthusiasts come together to work on society-level solutions to the sustainable challenges, posed by our network of (corporate) organisations.

Learn more about the impacthon, and how you can get involved here.


Our circle17 Matchmaking event is a day in which we’ll bring all programme participants and project innovations together with an external network collaboration partners, and offer supporting modules to match interests and needs. 

How can I join circle17?

We are looking for bold and innovative thinkers & do-ers that can help to develop solutions to the large-scale sustainability challenges that withhold us on individual, business and societal level to become more resilient.

For this to work, circle17 needs a strong community. We need you!

You can get involved in four different ways:

Challenge Leads are corporate- and non-profit organisations that have submitted sustainability challenges, they face inside- and outside of their organisation.

We are inviting all gamechangers, from creators, IT specialists, startups, academics and enthusiasts to participate and show us how you would solve various challenges through creative thinking and the (potential) application of technology.

Are you, or the organisation you are working with, faced with sustainability challenges in your daily operations? Are you interested in working together with a broad network of young innovators, startups and academics to dive deep into your challenge and work on solutions that could benefit your business- and society at larger scale?.

We’re looking for mentors who can coach the participants during the Impacthon and experts who can answer questions along the way.

Are you a superhero mentor, interested in partaking in our programme to support the development of sustainable project innovations? – learn more on this page on how you can get involved!

The circle17 programme is a non-profit establishment, aimed at the development of resilient and sustainable business solutions. Are you, your company or organisation interested in exploring opportunities to support our cause? Contact us!

Impacthon Partners

circle17 is a true community effort, involving organisers and stakeholders of all ranges from our society.

Location Provider

There will be the possibility to co-work from one of our partner Co-Working Spaces in Vienna, Graz & Innsbruck!

Supporting Partners

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