Impact Hub is a global network of over 16’000 members in over 100 hubs in 50+ countries, and is continuously growing. Its main purpose is to make a positive impact in our world by combining the skills of compassionate, committed and purpose-driven individuals focused on a common purpose. Each individual Impact Hub chapter is unique and relevant to the local community.
At Impact Hub Basel, our aspiration is to support social entrepreneurs and sustainable innovators. Through various offers ranging from events and coworking to different incubation and acceleration programs, we aim to promote the interaction between our members and the different stakeholders. In this way, we strive to create a highly collaborative ecosystem where innovation and change are encouraged, where access to expert resources, inspiration and knowledge is made easy and where communication and contacts between diverse, skilled people are facilitated.
The Sustainable Development Goals
All of our activities are guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations. To ensure that our efforts are as successful as possible, we focus on five SDGs that are most relevant to our local community needs.
Our Annual Impact Reports
Embedded in Design Thinking, we foster collaboration, unlock creativity and create innovative solutions:
- Inspire: challenging the status quo is possible – we do it every day.
- Connect: accessing a professional ecosystem of change makers and curating interaction across silos.
- Enable: we disrupt mindsets, share expertise and the necessary tools to create a better future for all.
We are uncovering better ways of delivering valuable products and services by doing it and helping others do it.
Why Impact Hub in Basel
Although very modest in scale with a population of 200’000, the Basel region has become established as a major economic region. The unique position of the Rhine, where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, with direct access to all important traffic routes and to the world’s oceans, has always played a major role for Basel to become an important center for trade.
In 1226 the Middle Bridge (Mittlere Rheinbrücke) was opened Basel. It is situated on the oldest existing bridge site across the Rhine between Lake Constance and the North Sea.
Just as the Middle Bridge served as a connection point between Switzerland, Germany and France to traders from all over Europe, Impact Hub Basel serves as a connection between the global network and the unique knowledge, culture, skills and expertise of Basel.
More than 10 leading companies, coming from various sector such as health, logistics, transport, or financial services, have their roots in the region.
Basel is a sustainable and forward-thinking city and has a long tradition with social organizations and social entrepreneurship. It is home to more than 300 sustainability initiatives run by engaged citizens.
Basel is also a leading city in the field of art with over 40 museums, the biggest art and jewelry exhibitions in the world and a 3-day festival which joined UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage.
With the University of Basel and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) Basel has a very well-established education system.
Basel is home of many foundations and other supporting organizations. It is the city in Switzerland with the highest density of foundations.
Basel remains a major center for science and research and has a large variety of healthcare organizations ranging from big corporates to innovative startups.