Making an impact with your business?

Get Recognized at the IMPACT FESTIVAL

At IMPACT FESTIVAL, businesses have the power to impact society and the environment positively. That’s why we created the IMPACT AWARD, an annual award that honors start-ups and companies with sustainable and impactful business models.

The IMPACT AWARD celebrates businesses committed to creating a better world. By recognizing and rewarding them, we hope to inspire others to follow their lead and positively impact their communities. 

We'll evaluate submissions based on these criteria


We understand that businesses need to be profitable to survive and grow. However, businesses are also responsible for positively impacting society and the environment. We’ll be looking for businesses that have found a way to balance these two objectives.

common good

Businesses have a role in creating a more just and equitable society. We’ll be looking for businesses that are committed to creating a positive impact on their communities, whether that’s through job creation, supporting local suppliers, or other initiatives.


Creating a positive impact is an ongoing process. We’ll be looking for businesses that have made significant progress in the last three years, whether through introducing new sustainability initiatives, expanding their impact on new communities, or other efforts.

Use of profits

Businesses have a responsibility to use their profits for good. We’ll be looking for businesses using their profits to further their impact goals, whether through reinvesting in their business, supporting social or environmental causes, or other initiatives.

This year's award


Start-ups up to 3 years since foundation




Start-ups more than 3 years since foundation




SMEs with at least 5 years of existence and profitability



Get a workshop to boost your sustainable business

We understand that creating a sustainable business model can be challenging. That’s why we’re offering the winners of the IMPACT AWARD individual workshops and consulting. In the categories Seed and Growth, the winners will receive workshops at the agency “brighter future“, in the category transformation at Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie.

Amplify your exposure through IMPACT FESTIVAL

We want to help you to get the recognition you deserve for your sustainable efforts. That’s why we’ll feature the IMPACT AWARD winner in a press release and features on or media channels. This will help you increase your visibility and reach a wider audience.

IMPACT ART trophy created by artist Verena Kandler

The IMPACT AWARD winner deserves a unique and meaningful trophy. That’s why we’ve commissioned artist Verena Kandler to create a one-of-a-kind trophy for the award winner. This trophy will symbolize your commitment to sustainability and social impact.

Meet previous winners

Meet the IMPACT AWARD jury

Christine Braun


Tina Dreimann

Better Ventures

Stephan Hankammer

Alanus Hochschule

Mandy Pastohr

Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Wohnen

Xavier Sarras

4P Capital

Tim Schumacher

World Fund

Bettina Storck


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