Start your business with HOLII and increase your impact!

Your impact startup in 4 months!

HOLII is a 4-month incubation program for startup ideas that are aimed at creating a positive societal impact. The program supports 10-12 startup teams in realizing their impactful idea. The program follows a evidence-based approach. Participants learn core competencies, increase their self-efficacy, enhance their personal initiative, and expand their network. Doing so, HOLII reduces a startup’s uncertainty and increases the founders’ commitment. Ideas are implemented more quickly and have a greater impact in the long term.

Our Video inputs
Vision, Mission & Values
Team- & Self-management
Team roles & founding motivation
Problem & target group definition
Impact logics
Business modelling & validation
Legal forms and taxes
Responsibility ownership
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and regular coworking at Utopia
Our understanding of impact

HOLII supports ideas aimed at creating a positive societal impact. In our understanding, an idea with a positive societal impact aims to contribute to the SDGs. This positive contribution should be the primary motivation to pursue the idea.

Throughout the program, teams are supported in setting up their company in a holistically sustainable way. Teams develop an impact vision and impact logic, set impact goals, and learn how to measure and manage them. Holistic means that we look at the impact of the teams on all relevant levels along the value chain, from the legal form and the organizational design/management to the type of financing, the impact on society and the environment, to the interaction with employees, customers, and all other stakeholders.

Who do we support?

All interested start-ups from the Hamburg metropolitan region (incl. Lüneburg) can apply for the incubation program. Primarily, associates of the affiliated organizations mentioned in the footer are admitted (students, doctoral candidates, employees, and alumna).

The requirements for an application are that

  • a concrete founding idea exists;
  • the idea primarily pursues a social added value (cf. SDG’s);
  • a core team exists that is already actively working on the impact idea.