The Investment Ready Program 'Encouraging Future Generations' by Allianz and Impact Hub is a unique acceleration program, tailored for purpose driven entrepreneurs and aiming to foster social inclusion of children and youth in Brazil, Germany, Malaysia and Turkey. Originally designed by Impact Hub Vienna, the Investment Ready Program was redesigned in alignment with the focus of Allianz' sustainability strategy - only businesses promoting social inclusion and youth development are eligible for participation.
The program helps participants to scale their purpose-driven solutions and to attract investors in order to increase the impact of their social ventures. Over a duration of 6 months, 10 participating teams engage in a systematic review of their business model, strategy and team before crafting a validated growth and investment plan. At the end of the program, all participants have the chance to pitch in front of a jury for the Allianz Future Generations Award, which comes with a 40,000€ grant.
Fostering social inclusion of children and young people is the cornerstone of this Investment Ready Program. The Investment Ready Program owes its thematic focus to the Allianz Group’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy and specifically to the 'Encouraging Future Generations’ program which constitutes a major pillar of the corporate’s responsibility strategy.
Our program is geared to purpose driven organisations that create scalable solutions to societal challenges in Brazil, Malaysia, Turkey and Germany. The networks of Impact Hub and our key partners provide access to 90+ locations in all continents and connections to globally-minded stakeholders and investors.
Our program is a platform for investors and entrepreneurs to meet and collaborate to scale environmental, social and financial benefit. We work closely with action-oriented impact investors who are committed to invest in and support impact ventures. In our unique process, investors and entrepreneurs meet on eye level and can learn more about impact investment.
Our program is tailored to equip purpose-driven entrepreneurs with everything they need to know in order to attract the right capital for their organisation. We pick entrepreneurs up where they are and guide them through an intense and mindset shifting experience. All participants go through a highly customised program with individual support and coaching by experienced entrepreneurs, investors, Allianz mentors and content experts.
Participants of the program will be part of an international cohort of 10 selected entrepreneurs, all promoting social inclusion of children and young people mitigating the risks from social inequality. Throughout the program, the teams are getting internationally connected and locally supported by an experienced investment coach, high level content experts, Allianz mentors, investors and powerful business tools. They will learn to navigate the impact investment scene and present their venture in various formats to raise the funds for their next level as an organisation. Beyond that, all participants will be part of two multi-day workshop sessions in February and June in Munich.
The Allianz Future Generations Award is designed to invest in projects that contribute to the development and prosperity of Future Generations. For the first edition of the Award, Allianz decided to partner with Impact Hub Munich to dip into a network of creative, purpose-driven and solution-oriented minds.
Allianz and Impact Hub Munich believe that social entrepreneurs play a vital part in accelerating the worldwide adoption of sustainable and inclusive technologies, policies, and behaviours. It is the aim of the program to support the entrepreneurs in getting fit for investment, growth and ready to generate global impact. Allianz and Impact Hub Munich further aim to catalyse investment into social entrepreneurs by nurturing the impact investment ecosystem at the four participating locations. To this end, we work with local investor communities, show them the opportunities and potential of impact investment and link them to internationally operating investor networks through the program.
Impact Hub Munich is the branch of a global network for innovative start-ups. Learn more about their programs and initiatives online.
Ten social ventures secured a spot in the 2018 cycle of the Investment Ready Program "Encouraging Future Generations". Read their stories here.
Read more about sustainable development at Allianz in our full PDF report.