Investors in social impact entrepreneurial projects at the Impact 2018 conference

During the Impact 2018 conference Zagreb will host innovative socially responsible businesses, investors and organizations from Europe and the region. This conference, first of its kind in the region, will take place on February 14 and 15 in the premises of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, and is organized by Brodoto and ACT Group. The aim of the conference is to bring together all the actors creating positive changes in the society – civil society, private companies, investors, foundations and social enterprises.

“We are making socially responsible business closer to the general public, we insist on the dynamic TED-talk form of lectures, the fast ignite presentation format and opening up the space for interaction with the audience, and we are especially proud that we will gather representatives of social impact funds from the United States and Europe for the first time in Croatia , funds willing to invest serious money into projects that bring direct benefits to society, “said Marko Gregović, director of the conference.

Impact 2018 will offer participants the opportunity to acquire new practical knowledge thanks to a combination of lectures, panels and workshops that will be held by over thirty highly qualified domestic and international lecturers, including representatives of socially responsible IKEA, Vipnet, Patagonia, Erste Group and non-profit fundraising platform “Činim pravu stvar”.

“Everyone who is interested in social responsibility or socially beneficial projects will be able to find something interesting at the conference. We managed to confirm over thirty speakers and the biggest international names associated with social innovations and projects – from Rodney Schwartz from the British investment bank ClearlySo, which annually invests millions in socially viable projects, or Rohit Dave from the Twilio Impact Fund from Silicon Valley, to Biljana Dakić Đorđević, who runs the Innovative Trag Foundation in Serbia” Teo Petričević, Program Director of Impact 2018, said.

There will be two competitions at the Impact conference. Social business will compete in front of investors for the best socially beneficial business project. Non-profit organizations from Croatia and Serbia will present campaigns conducted over the past year and compete for the title of the best non-profit campaign. The winner of both competitions will be selected by an international jury composed of distinguished experts.

The Impact 2018 Conference will be held with the support of the United States Embassy, ​​the German Marshall Fund, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, VIPnet, Heineken, the European Fund for the Balkans and other sponsors.