Berlin Calling: Impact Hub Berlin
I can’t believe it’s already been two months at Impact Hub Berlin.
My journey to Berlin was sparked by the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, and when I look back at my expectations before I started, I was looking to advance my social enterprise Hub Youth Academy, learn about programme design and development, and dig into the European social impact sector.
Boy, did I get that…and a whole lot more.
I’ve got to support the Impact Hub Berlin team on so many amazing things, from hanging out with the DACH Impact Hub family on the beaches of Paretz, to coaching BMW global leaders on social innovation, to tackling packaging waste with the world’s second largest retailer. And as it happened, watching Brexit unfold from another country like it was some crazy dream – experiencing the shock and sadness from our European friends firsthand.
When I think about what I’ll take away from Berlin back to London, there’s things that I’ll be able to use right away – like new skills, new contacts and handfuls of German chocolate (which I’m sure the guys at Impact Hub Islington will also love). But I also know that there’s things that I’ll keep with me long after, things that I’ll remember for the rest of my life that I’m happy to share with you.
Be your whole self.
The people here work hard, but they also play hard. Starting from the DACH gathering, which was inspired by two founders who wanted to go on holiday together, it was a firm reminder that we can bridge the two worlds of personal and professional while enjoying ourselves. Laugh, dance, and work together. Be yourself!
Being entrepreneurial vs. being an entrepreneur.
Being entrepreneurial is a mindset and it’s something anyone can do in their work. Being an entrepreneur is starting your own thing. There’s a lot of crossover between the two, but it’s useful to reflect on what is most important to you and where you can add the most value.
Anything is possible
. The Berlin team is ambitious, and I love it. But Berlin is also a dynamic city full of possibilities. Maybe it’s still an aftermath of the wall, or the student 68 revolution, or blinking your way out of Berghain at 10 AM (full disclosure: not me), you can feel that this is a city that is rebuilding itself in the most imaginative way possible.
I’d like to thank everyone at Impact Hub Berlin for being so fantastic. Anna L, Leon, Vish, Vera, Florian, Sophie, Fran, Anna R., Damjan, Elisabeth, Flora, Hinnerk, Sole, and Adam – you’re all amazing. And a special thanks to my Host Entrepreneur, Nele Kapretz, for going over and above the call of duty to make me feel so welcome and inspire me. Before we get too teary eyed, we can relish in the fact that roundtrip tickets from Berlin to London are only €30… so it’s safe to say this won’t be the last time we see each other 🙂
I highly recommend the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme to anyone thinking about developing their business. It’s a brilliant opportunity to explore, get new perspectives, and enjoy the unique opportunity we have as the European Union (fingers crossed) to collaborate across borders.
Cue photo roll!
Selfie with Leon
Final Kaffee & Kuchen with Host-made granola
Testing out the new balcony pallette seating
Fierabend biers (after work drinks) at the park nearby
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.
The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.
Find out more: http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/