On 21 February 2019, this year’s Global Goals Wirkungsfonds Prize 2019 was awarded at the Social Impact Lab Bonn. Six initiatives that contribute to the achievement of the Global Goals in the areas of education, neighbourhood and inclusion presented their concepts to a jury of experts.
The Fund is an established prize for social startups, entrepreneurs and initiatives that has been awarded since 2016. It was aimed at participants in the Global Goals Challenge and Social Impact alumni working in the fields of education, inclusion and/or neighbourhood.
The 6 finalists (élben, ichó systems, Institute for Inclusive Education, My Heart Laughs, One Week Experience and Quinoa Education) were selected from more than 50 applicants for the Global Goals Fund by a public vote in January 2019 with a total of around 19,000 votes and an expert jury.
This year’s Global Goals Wirkungsfonds award ceremony was opened by Norbert Kunz (Social Impact gGmbH), Gunhild Busch (Social Impact Lab Bonn) and Alexander Gallas (Deutsche Bank AG).
The panel discussion of the later expert jury with Ruth-Anne Damm (Heimatsucher e.V. , winner of last year’s Wirkungsfonds Prize), Michael Kaps (Deutsche Bank), Norbert Kunz (Social Impact), Christina Marx (Aktion Mensch) and Susanne Peitzmann (Evonik Foundation) offered a good thematic introduction to the topic: “How can cooperation between companies and social initiatives contribute to more cohesion and more equal opportunities in politics and civil society?”
After the impressive and sometimes very emotional project presentations, the expert jury made the following decision and selected the three winning teams for the Wirkungsfonds Prize 2019:
- Ichó systems
- Institute for Inclusive Education
- My Heart Laughs
ichó is an interactive ball for the promotion of cognitively ill people, which e.g. opens individual possibilities to dementia patients to increase their quality of life playfully.
The Institute for Inclusive Education qualifies people with so-called intellectual disabilities as lecturers at universities for (future) specialists and managers in the social sector.
My heart laughs is an online and offline self-help community for parents of severely handicapped children that spans all diseases and focuses on the special needs of parents (not their children).
The jury awarded the projects ichó (alumni of the Social Impact Lab Duisburg) with EUR 20,000, Institut für Inklusive Bildung with EUR 10,000 and Mein Herz laughs with EUR 5,000. In addition to the financial support, Ichó also receives exclusive access to the Ashoka European Changemaker Summit in Barcelona and a crowdfunding consultation.