The CAPSULE Project, an Erasmus+ initiative spanning three EU countries—Romania, Croatia, and Hungary—has been making waves in empowering young women entrepreneurs. With its comprehensive e-courses, dynamic communities of practice, and hands-on incubation weekends, the program is transforming the lives of participants and equipping them with the skills and support needed to thrive in the entrepreneurial landscape.

 

A Transformative Experience:

 

For Milena, a young woman navigating the path of entrepreneurship in a new country, the CAPSULE Project has been nothing short of transformative. Having completed her studies, she found herself in a new environment, searching for guidance and opportunities. The program provided her with a structured framework to develop her entrepreneurial, creative, and digital skills, while also nurturing her community project ideas.

 

Holistic Capacity-Building:

 

What sets the CAPSULE Project apart is its commitment to addressing not only technical skills but also the barriers that young entrepreneurs, especially women, often face. By tackling limiting beliefs and the fear of failure, the program becomes a holistic capacity-building program. It empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to unlock their potential and positions them as change agents in their communities.

 

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion:

 

Huong, a woman from a third country with dreams of starting her own business in Hungary, found immense support through the CAPSULE program. The initiative not only provided her with practical guidance but also created a supportive community where knowledge-sharing and embracing one another are encouraged. This focus on social inclusion and diversity within the entrepreneurial landscape resonated deeply with Huong and other participants, creating a strong foundation for their entrepreneurial journeys.

 

Residential Weekend: A Culmination of Growth and Inspiration:

 

The end of the residential weekend marked a significant milestone for the CAPSULE Project participants. It was a time for reflection, celebration, and planning for the future. The dedicated coaches and mentors guided the participants through hands-on activities, fostering an environment of collaboration and learning. The weekend served as a culmination of their growth, inspiring them to embrace their newfound skills, knowledge, and purpose.

 

Looking Ahead with Vigor and Purpose:

 

As the participants bid farewell to the residential weekend, they carry with them invaluable experiences and a newfound sense of confidence. They are equipped with the essential tools to embark on their entrepreneurial journeys, ready to make a meaningful impact in their respective fields. The CAPSULE Project has not only provided them with skills but also instilled a sense of determination and resilience that will continue to drive their success.

 

The CAPSULE Project stands as a shining example of how entrepreneurship programs can empower young women and provide them with the tools, support, and community needed to thrive. By addressing barriers and fostering a culture of inclusivity, the program paves the way for a new generation of change-makers. With the residential weekend serving as a catalyst for growth and inspiration, the participants are now poised to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape with vigor and purpose, making their mark and creating a lasting impact. The CAPSULE Project is not just a program; it is a transformative journey that unlocks the potential of young women entrepreneurs.

 

 

In an exciting development for female entrepreneurship, 105 young women from Hungary, Romania, and Croatia have been chosen to participate in CAPSULE, a prestigious 18-month program dedicated to fostering their entrepreneurial potential. Organized by Impact Hub Bucharest, Impact Hub Budapest, Impact Hub Zagreb, and Career Shift, CAPSULE aims to provide comprehensive training, mentoring, and coaching opportunities, as well as build strong learning communities to support these aspiring entrepreneurs on their journey.

CAPSULE, a European Erasmus+ program, is specifically designed for young women aged 18 to 28 who are eager to develop their own businesses and are at the initial stages of their professional careers. The program will equip participants with entrepreneurial skills, offer guidance through mentoring and coaching sessions, and provide a supportive environment for their mental and emotional growth as future entrepreneurs. The program is set to conclude in February 2025, with the establishment of several communities of practice.

Bea Bedo, CEO and co-founder of Impact Hub Budapest, expressed her enthusiasm for the program, saying, “We are thrilled to facilitate this process through the CAPSULE program. Many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those from vulnerable categories such as young mothers or immigrants, face additional challenges and often work in isolation. The CAPSULE program will provide essential resources for their personal and professional development, help them overcome obstacles, and breathe life into their business ideas.”

Following a rigorous selection process, each country has selected 35 participants for the local edition of CAPSULE. The proposed projects by the Hungarian CAPSULE participants range from opening jewelry and health-consciousness businesses to vegan restaurants and thematic cafés, demonstrating the diversity and ambition of the cohort.

The CAPSULE program offers a range of benefits based on six pillars: education (completing online courses to acquire entrepreneurial, leadership, and digital skills), mentoring and coaching, community support within an international network of young female entrepreneurs from Romania, Hungary, and Croatia, business incubation sessions (both physical and online), participation in an international bootcamp with experts and mentors, and networking opportunities through international mastermind sessions.

Scheduled to take place between September 2023 and February 2025, CAPSULE includes physical meetings, webinars, and international events. In March 2024, ten participants from the three countries will attend an international bootcamp in Bucharest, providing a valuable opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and learning.

To learn more about the participants and the program’s implementation, visit the dedicated CAPSULE webpage.

About Impact Hub Budapest:

Impact Hub Budapest is a vibrant community and home to a diverse network of individuals dedicated to driving positive social change. Through their NGO, the Foundation for Sustainable Enterprises (FVA), Impact Hub Budapest actively provides opportunities for underserved and underprivileged individuals in Hungary, including youth and women in rural areas and those from third countries. Since 2017, they have been committed to empowering the underserved and promoting inclusivity through various projects and initiatives.

Impact Hub Budapest is located in downtown Budapest, Wesselényi street 17. You can drop by the space anytime during our regular opening hours (from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays). If you want to give notice of you visiting us, drop us an email. We will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.

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Impact Hub Budapest is located in downtown Budapest, Wesselényi street 17. You can drop by the space anytime during our regular opening hours (from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays). If you want to give notice of you visiting us, drop us an email. We will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.
Impact Hub Budapest is located in downtown Budapest, Wesselényi street 17. You can drop by the space anytime during our regular opening hours (from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays). If you want to give notice of you visiting us, drop us an email. We will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.
Impact Hub Budapest is located in downtown Budapest, Wesselényi street 17. You can drop by the space anytime during our regular opening hours (from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays). If you want to give notice of you visiting us, drop us an email. We will be happy to show you around and answer your questions.

Great Event Hall

There is a saying, that: „One swallow does not make a summer.”… but these swallows decided to come together and try to make it.

 

On the 30th of September we organized the third SIA Hungary 2021 award ceremony & pitch event.

Social Impact Award (SIA) is more than a simple award: the world’s largest training and support program for higher education students and young people working on sustainability, environmental and social innovation projects. SIA, founded in 2009, runs education and incubation programs in more than 15 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia to support early-stage social entrepreneurs in developing and implementing innovative business solutions to tackle the most important societal challenges of our times.

The competition was very tight among Hungary’s most innovative, young social entrepreneurs, so the jury distributed three prizes among the competitors instead of the planned two prizes. In addition to the 3 prizes, we also had a Community Award winner. The winners are: Carely, Énprojekt, Kontekt, and Redo Fashion won the Community Award. I asked them some questions about their biggest challenge, lessons learnt and their future plans. Let’s see their answers!

„We give new life to tailoring residues and provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Redo Fashion uses tailoring and textile residues of small fashion brands to design accessories that are created by employing people living with disabilities. They make bags, shawls, hair bands, products they would love to wear as well. The team consists of enthusiastic high school students.

The biggest challenge was the lack of experience. Since we are high school students, we have no skills in how to build a business.. We have learnt a lot about our team, and how we can work together effectively, schedule our time well and to distribute the tasks equally. It was interesting to note that we are now completely ourselves and it is absolutely up to us how the final product will end up like. Our short-term plans include financing our new collection and selling our products in smaller stores, the financial basis of which is partly based on the prize and partly on our previous revenues. One of our long-term plans is to open our own sewing shop and expand our company abroad, by making our products locally.

“In order for Carely to provide a real perspective to its employees and customers with a high level of service, we need continuous learning and the search for new opportunities.”

Carely, one of the winners of SIA 2021,recognized that many people with disabilities are unable to find work in Hungary, while many jobs remain unfilled. They want to combine the two sides and provide work to more people with disabilities that is worthy of their professional development.

The biggest challenge of the recent months has been to be able to fulfill the growing number of orders coming to us both from the private sector and public institutions and at the same time preparing for the competition. The greatest lesson we learnt is to keep learning, training ourselves, and preparing ahead for the challenges. Fortunately, we gained a lot of such knowledge during our mentoring. Our long-term goal is to turn Carely into a social innovation workshop, where our employees can do a variety of jobs like landscaping or office and IT work. In addition, our ongoing goal is not only to provide certain services, but also to highlight the importance of creating jobs and opportunities for our fellow human beings with disabilities.”

The results of the past year show that we are on the right track. We have embarked on that particular path when the name Kontekt was pronounced by the jury.”

Kontekt is a device for reuniting families that can be used easily by the elderly, who are less open to technological innovation. It is a simple, user-friendly device that can work with both old and smart televisions, its integrated camera and microphone makes it possible to have high-quality video calls just by clicking one button.

„The biggest challenge for us was to compete with operating businesses, as our project is only in the idea phase, we appreciate the award we received from the jury as a great achievement. We learned a lot during the incubation period, but perhaps the most significant  was the  lesson about pitch techniques. By developing in this, we can get our value proposition to more people, in much better quality. From the prize, we will implement the first phases of our marketing strategy and create 10 prototypes to carry out long-term tests and design our product.”

”Ask for help is okay.”

The third winner, Énprojekt is an online place where you can book a psychologist, coach or advisor with a charity tip in order to enable people in need to get the same quality support as anyone. It’s not just a searching platform: they help people to find the right type of program, the best professional for their personal needs and interests and the form of how they can apply to the organization: as a supporting or a supported participant.

„SIA has given us a lot. They helped us develop locally but with a global perspective. They highlighted that a financial model based on sustainability is essential to represent a social cause, moreover, our funding is a dual responsibility: we are responsible for the future of those working on the project, and we have a strong impact on the lives of all those we help. From the support, we will finance our organizational formation and develop our customer service, the website, as we want to make mental health care and career awareness available to everyone. For this, € 1,500 is a starting amount for which we are very grateful.”

 

Impact Hub Budapest Coworking and Space Set-Up in times of COVID-19. Drafted October 2020, as a reaction the second wave of COVID19.

Objective:

In the light of the current developments, being in the middle of the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic, the Impact Hub Budapest team is closely monitoring the situation and following the official regulations.

We communicate and alter the current safety regulations if needed. From mid September, as the coronavirus cases have started to rise again (http://abouthungary.hu / https://koronavirus.gov.hu) we felt necessary to take extra care. 

Since we have reopened at the end of May, we are editing an excel list with all the names with dates who have been entering the Hub. Impact Hub Budapest intends to stay open as usual from 9:00-18:00. 

To make this possible the following measures will be taken. Please read them carefully and make sure you follow them to be able to get back to “normal” as soon as possible:

Set-up of Space:

Meetings:

Distancing:

Masks: 

Hygiene:

Care about your community

Contact us, if you have any questions! 

Write to Beatrix Bedő [email protected] , one of our founders and CEO, or ask us on [email protected] .

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Check out our Facebook video on this topic: HERE

 

Kicsi Pakk! (Small Pack)

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Join Kicsi Pakk personally, with your company or NGO, and give a present to 126 children in foster care. One of Impact Hub’s favorite Christmas traditions is Kicsi Pakk (Small Pack), which will continue this year as well. For 4 years now, we have been organizing and also buying some of the desired Christmas gifts for the residents of a Pilis orphanage. We are happy that you join hands with us to bring magic to the kids’ Christmas.
About Kicsi Pakk (Small Pack)

The Kicsi Pakk (Small Pack) is a corporate social responsibility movement, that was created by MagNet Bank that aims to allow children in the foster care system to get their presents under the Christmas Tree. Companies and NGOs joining Kicsi Pakk take up the responsibility to organize and collect the individual offerings of their colleagues and their employees, who volunteer to buy a gift for a child from the list HERE.

The Small Pack is a well-scalable form of donation that works in an open-source system. In the first year, in 2017, already 70 businesses joined the movement, fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 1,850 children.
The prices of the gifts are between (5.000-8.000) Ft and we are accepting the presents by the 15th of December to deliver it to them by Christmas.
If you want to join or have any questions, write to us at [email protected].

Hisszük, hogy a COVID-19/koronavírus előidézte egymásrautaltságból akár valami jót is kihozhatunk, együtt találhatunk megoldást égető kérdésekre. A közösség ereje az együtt gondolkodás most igazán fontos. 

 

Az Impact Hub Budapest: 

Az Impact Hub egy nemzetközi hálózat, melynek a világ közel 100 nagyvárosában található közösségi irodái katalizátorok, ernyőszervezetek azoknak, akiket foglalkoztatnak a társadalmi, környezeti problémákra adható megoldások – üzleti, vagy egyéni szinten.

Olyan kezdeményezésekkel és vállalkozásokkal foglalkozunk, amik a profit mellett egyéb maradandó értékeket is teremtenek, és elősegítik a társadalom fejlődését.

Az Impact Hub hálózat saját fejlesztésű közösségi oldala a ‘Community App’ pedig minden tagunknak lehetővé teszi, hogy közel 100 világvárosban, 16 000 fős szakmai közösséget találjon online és offline egyaránt.

20 óra / 40 óra / 80 óra / korlátlan tagságok és kedvezmények:

Az Impact Hub Budapest irodában többféle közösségi iroda használati tagságot lehet nálunk vásárolni (20 óra / 40 óra / 80 óra / korlátlan), most azonban több kedvezményt ajánlunk ezekből.

20 ÓRÁS TAGSÁG – 20%
40 ÓRÁS TAGSÁG – 50%
80 ÓRÁS TAGSÁG – 50%
‘UNLIMITED’ TAGSÁG – 50% 

A 20 óra / 40 óra / 80 óra tagságunkban hétfőtől péntekig, reggel kilenctől délután 6-ig lehet az irodánkban lenni. A tagsághoz 3500 forintért egy saját szekrény is bérelhető, valamint 10-30% kedvezmény jár a tárgyalók és rendezvény termeink bérleti díjából. Korlátlan (unlimited) tagságunkkal bármikor lehet az irodánkban dolgozni, 24/7. 

A tagságért elérhető egyébb előnyök: 

 

Tárgyaló- és rendezvényterem bérlés kedvezmények: 

Az Impact Hub Budapest iroda termeit akár egy órára, vagy akár egy napra is ki lehet bérelni. Sőt, több napos rendezvényeket, workshopokat is szívesen látunk. A termeinket a rendezvény kezdete előtt legfeljebb 15 perccel adjuk át, így ennek megfelelően lehet tervezni az érkezéssel és az előkészületekkel. Jelenleg 3 bérelhető termünk van 25nm /49nm/51nm nagyságban. Valamint a a legnagyobb coworking termünk, 130nm is kibérelhető hétvégéken, valamint a hétköznap esti órákban.

A teremfoglalás díja (magában foglalja a technikát, korlátlan kávét, szűrt vizet, teát a rendezvény teljes ideje alatt. A bérleti díja kétféleképpen működik: óradíjas, vagy van egy napidíja is, amennyiben 8-9 órás használatra tartanak igényt.  

Az órás terembérletből 20 %-ot ,

a napi díjból 30 %-os engedményt tudunk adni.

3 napos foglalásnál 50 % kedvezmény jár.

A terembérletben foglalt kávén-teán-szűrt vízen felül egyéb catering szolgáltatás elérhető itt helyben, hibátlan ajánlatunk van, etikus és bio forrásokból – ezt mi intézzük, csak rendelni kell,  miből mikorra mennyi kellene. 

Catering árakat kérés esetén elküldjük.

Ételeink bio-csírákkal, válogatott alapanyagokból készülnek, a csomagolás újrahasznosítható, környezetbarát. Kérlek tartsátok szem előtt, hogy a minimális rendelési mennyiség ételenként 6 adag. Igény esetén, örömmel összeállítunk egy menüt nektek. Mindemellett teljesen nyitottak vagyunk bárki más cateringes fogadására is. Kivételt csak a palackos viz jelenti, melyet semmiképpen sem szeretnénk nálunk látni.

Nagyon jó, ráadásul időben is használható étteremből is bőségesen van a környéken, az is igen jó opció.

 

Írj nekünk az [email protected] e-mail címünkre a kedvezmények felhasználásának részleteiért.

 

 

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