The story begins
In London, Jonathan Robinson establishes the very first Hub in the world, an incubator of social innovation and a platform supporting social businesses. The concept soon spreads to Tel Aviv, São Paulo, Stockholm and Amsterdam.
The core members of our team get together while working for Amnesty International. We meet Jonathan and become very excited by the prospect of shared space. Petr Vítek, Jakub Mareš, Zdeněk Rudolský and Petr Baše decide to set up the first Czech Hub – one of the quickest and best decisions we have ever made.
Lights, camera... action!
After a record-breaking nine months, we have funds loaned by friends and the space refurbished, and so starts historically only the second co-working space in Prague. Six people and one rabbit hold their breath to see how it goes.
Groundwork for our dream to open Hubs in Brno and Ostrava starts. We have established that the concept of shared space works and would like to transfer it to other cities too. What we, however, don’t know at this point is that we are in for a patience-testing rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns.
Black on white
We got the stamp to confirm that we have just received a grant for our dream project. We celebrate between piles of papers and folders.
We go to Brno almost every week. With the strength of a super-strike team called Petr and Martina, we meet the local community, people from IT, design and research. We come up with and plan joint events. We are also looking for new faces of our local team.
Right foot forward
Constructions have started and first events are organized in-between the cement mixers and piles of bricks. And because we want Hub to be yours in the first place, we talk outright about setting the membership conditions or perhaps brainstorming over widgets in the space.
We are sending an intervention unit in the form of Zdeněk to Brno, who has just settled in the city center for a few months in order to be close to all potential clients and partners.
Hub is loading
We organize an evening full of quick presentations in the form of 10 slides x 20 seconds, inspired by the Pecha Kucha or Ignite concepts. Startup projects from the neighborhoods get a chance to step onto the palette of fame. Networking and looking forward to the grand finale is loading too.
Cutting the ribbon
We are opening. In the course of good music and jingling of glasses.
We are slowly settling in the new recently-built premises of Hub Brno. We support people with great business ideas, provide mentoring and start acceleration programs.
We accelerate up to the stars
We are actively taking part at all 4 Hub’s accelerating programs. Out representatives from Brno take part at Impact First, Social Impact Awards, 100-day Challenge and also at Laboratoř Nadace Vodafone (Vodafone Foundation Laboratory).
After a few months we already have more than 300 members, breaking the record as the fastest growing Impact Hub. We celebrate as our ambitions are close to incredibility!
The Impact Hub family is located in nearly 100 locations and as we desire to connect it we are introducing new possibilities to our members. Now they can travel to all Hub's locations in the world and enjoy the community and work space similar to ours - all included in their membership fee.
Member for a day
No contract needed. We newly offer a daily membership without any commitment. Simply buy our Day Pass and enjoy the same working environment, care and benefits as if you were a member until the evening hours.
We have earned the trust of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Czech Republic and are putting together a new team to work within the Edison program on scaling and respectfully developing the most ambitious social businesses of all.
Renovation during full operation
We began intensive construction work on the other part of the building and once again confirmed that we had the best members under the sun. Who else would have tolerated jackhammers, vibrations and shutdowns and stayed loyal?
A lot of space for everyone
25th January will go down in history as the date of the magnificent Grand Opening Party. Impact Hub Brno expanded to 3,450 sqm and became the largest European and the world's second largest Impact Hub. Yeah!
Large spaces present great challenges. Therefore, we took advantage of the Brno hospitality and headed to our first intercity meeting. Over 75 Hub hosts - do you know how many unforgettable moments this brings?
The first Czech social fund was established
Petr Vítek co-founded Tilia Impact Ventures, the very first fund aimed exclusively at investments with a strong social impact. The fund started with more than CZK 40 million and the support of powerful partners.
Vinohrady: another home of ours
We settled down in our Art Nouveau villa, the home of the former K10 Coworking, and we officially launched Impact Hub Prague K10. The Impact Hub now has its fourth location with a stunning garden, history, and a fully functional fireplace, more than 1700 members and still enough determination! Keep rolling!
After the successful internal Happiness Survey, dozens of job interviews and a crucial addition to the top management team, we discussed team principles, values, education, and meaningful work.
Climate Challenge Accepted
We are successfully completing the pilot year of a program that focuses on supporting those who protect the planet and mitigate the climate crisis. In the coming years, the winner, Forsage, will embark on a collaboration with Nestlé, and one of the other winners, CYRKL, will receive a 5m investment.
We are proud to launch our partnership with the European EIT Climate - KIC, a major platform for climate innovation. Right from the start, it is clear that great things are in store for us together.
Coworking Against Covid
Despite the pandemic in the world, we're open and our space is here to serve both new and known guests. For those most affected by the government measures, we offer free membership or free rentals as part of the (re)start event.
Let's go to Zlín
Together with NWT we are preparing the opening of Silo II powered by Impact Hub in Zlín. Form autumn, the entire 7 floors of the energy "A" will offer new opportunities and a complete portfolio of our services to entrepreneurs, creators, and the public.
We are leading an international consortium of five countries to launch a program for environmental solutions and cross-border collaboration. Together with the participants, mentors, experts, and partners, we want to contribute to the development of the Czech innovation ecosystem.
Surveys for 2016 and 2017 for Impact Hubs in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.