With numerous prominent guests, Aktion Mensch e.V., DEVK Asset Management GmbH, Deutsche Post AG and Social Impact gGmbH today, set the starting signal for the first inclusive business incubator in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.
The opening ceremony of the Social Impact Lab Bonn brings them all together: Representatives from politics, business, the media, research and the start-up and social entrepreneurship scene. Around 200 guests are expected at the location of the new start-up laboratory in Bonn, including prominent representatives such as Dr. med. Eckart von Hirschhausen and Frank Thelen with keynote lectures.
In contrast to existing start-up support offers in the region, the Lab specifically supports start-ups, who solve pressing social challenges with their business ideas. The inclusive teams can work on their social business models without mental or spatial barriers. The focus will be on innovations in the field of inclusion and participation.
Increasing digitalisation and modern technologies enable people with disabilities not only to use social innovations, but also to play an active role in shaping them. This is the great potential of the inclusive start-up program at Lab Bonn: “It focuses on people with their different abilities. With their expertise and specific know-how, they can contribute to finding forward-looking answers to social challenges that are not only relevant for people with disabilities. This is how social business models are created that create sustainable and user-oriented social added value – for our society, our economy and each individual,” says Armin v. Buttlar, Chairman of Aktion Mensch.
Another important aspect is the networking of the lab and its players with the large network of academics in the region, the start-up region North Rhine-Westphalia, industrial groups and media companies as well as with the network and expertise of Aktion Mensch. The Lab is a central part of a nationally and internationally relevant new start-up movement, which is becoming increasingly important for Germany’s future viability.
You can experience the new SOCIAL IMPACT LAB in this video!