Social Impact Lab in Frankfurt: Instead of Villa there is a small dark office

Selcuk Balkan does not have to think for a long time, what has brought the Social Impact Lab. "The network", he exclaims. The Social Impact Lab, he got contac

Social Impact Lab in Frankfurt: Instead of Villa there is a small dark office

Selcuk Balkan does not have to think for a long time, what has brought the Social Impact Lab. "The network", he exclaims. The Social Impact Lab, he got contacts to merchants and entrepreneurs, which he would have otherwise never received. "Or free legal advice." Specialist lawyers from JPMorgan would have taken time for him and questions about patents and commercial law answered.

Falk Heunemann

business editor of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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a year Ago, the 29-year-old Frankfurt has been established with a mate, the Start-up Loading Hawk, the water density, pockets for clothing, for example, for the cell phone in swimming trunks. He was quickly included in the program "chance users" of the Social Impact Lab, a founder of the aid programme for entrepreneurs with a migration background. Since then the Balkans has found an Investor and the waterproof let pocket-patented, in September, the production begins.

In only five years, several hundred young entrepreneurs have to go through the three funding programs of the Social Impact Lab in Frankfurt. The establishment of a centre for founders with a clear Conscience, Not Profit, should stand in the foreground, but the Benefit for the community. Among the Alumni of the refugee sewing Stitch by Stitch, the credit platform Awamo and Marlene Haas, who developed the Café-Deposit system "main Cup" for the FES. In addition, regularly the Start-up scene and enjoyed met in the 600 square feet of Coworking office in Frankfurt-Bockenheim to the feeling of being on the good side.

"But then Corona came"

But that is for the time being, over. In may, the founder of the centre from his office had to take off of Falk road. The two most important of the three funding programs can be discontinued, it lacks the money. For "chance of users" ended in July, the funding provided by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. For "other founders", the program for social and environmental Start-ups, set the KfW Foundation, and the Beisheim-Foundation at the end of 2019, the grants. The level of funding, the foundations are not named, allegedly it was from 250,000 to 300,000 euros per program and year. As stated by the foundations, had been planned from the beginning, only a multi-year start-up funding, not a permanent subsidy. Difficult but that does not really distinguish what a social entrepreneur is. So just Start not were-ups accepted, but also initiatives that were funded from grants and donations.

With the Foundation's funds were financed by the rental payments to the Falk road and several of the principal official, the coordinated funding programs and the Start-ups discussed. The lease had to be terminated as the employees. One of them is the location Manager Michael desire, who now works at the Association of the social entrepreneur was. B

is in the spring, he says, he and Co-location Manager Birgit searched Holy for new sources of money, several large companies were "very interested". Again and again, there were Considerations to change the concept. First, it was said, for example, the Social Impact Lab is to concentrate on the consultancy and the office spaces to decrease. Then the spaces in conversation, completely as a Coworking office sublease. "But then Corona came," says desire. With the crisis in the talks with potential sponsors ended abruptly at Coworking was no longer thinking.

Updated Date: 12 August 2020, 07:20

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