The Social Impact Award Summit 2019 is a gathering of 150+ young social innovators. It is the ultimate meeting point for all the winners of SIA 2019 from different countries around Europe, Central Asia, and East Africa, altogether from 17 countries.

It took place in the vibrant Ukrainian capital Kyiv from December 3rd to 7th 2019.


The event welcomed all impact ventures that won the Social Impact Award (SIA) in 2019: Social innovators challenging the status quo in areas such as migration, health, education or climate change.

Beyond that the Social Innovation Academy (SIA) Summit also serves as the ultimate meeting point of leading international and national organisations working at the frontier of social entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.


48 SIA winners were taking part in the event. During the Summit event there was an Impact Camp designed program for the winners. The Impact Camp provides the winning teams of SIA 2019 with an intense personal learning experience and aims to equip them with essential skills for a successful journey as future entrepreneurs and change makers.


Zooming out of purely entrepreneurship related topics, participants have developed their individual capacities in more fundamental skill areas such as leadership, innovation strategy and connection.


A highly experienced team of facilitators led the participants through a mix of hands-on skill workshops, interactive learning simulations, and also inspirational exchanges with experts and peers. Learn more about the amazing Facilitation Team here. 👉 http://bit.ly/summit19-facilitationteam

There was a VISION RETREAT which was designed to empower all SIA organizers in reflecting on the progress of their activities throughout 2019 and strategize on how to further develop the program.

In interactive sessions, they leverage the international dimension of SIA’s growing team to learn from each other and build a stronger and more resilient community.




BLINDLOOK project from Turkey

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BFdvzUaSLY

The Blind Look team, Sadriye and Cihat, from #SIATurkey took part as well. BlindLook provides freedom for the blind people in social life by making restaurants and restaurant menus accessible for them. 


CLAY COSMO project from Uganda

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BFdvzUaSLY

Miriam is one of the #siawinners19 from SIA Uganda. Together with her team, she won the SIA Community Award with her business Clay Cosmo, which aims towards finding a solution for eczema, one of the most challenging and common skin diseases in the world. Clay Cosmo produces natural and organic soap using green clay that effectively works on eczema, psoriasis and other skin related complications. 


ZIPOVER project from Serbia

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58KzbXHJZA8

ZipOver is designing water-repellent backpacks and handbags that will be produced by incarcerated women to help them learn a valuable skill.


EDISTRAW project from North Macedonia

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK-NnyA0rHg

Edistraw is a company that produces edible drinking straws. They already got some offers for cooperation.


GEEK TEACHERS project from Russia

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w0-YYWfo10

Geek Teachers help and unite teachers like them, do not let them leave school and give up on their education career.


HAPPYECOWOOD project from Ukraine

FB: https://www.facebook.com/happyecowood/

HappyEcoWood is a production of children’s woodwork that give family smiles. It is created by people who have previously stumbled and have changed their life.


FRIDA project from Austria

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9a0c3sszjY

Frida provides independent and free of charge legal aid and asylum and alien law. Independent legal consultation, financed by the state, is ending. They believe in human rights and they want to contribute to their effective enforcement. They at Frida are a motivated team of jurists and translators, they help and consult refugees and migrants cost-free.


RESCUEROOM project from Slovakia

Website:  https://rescueroom.sk/

RescueRoom is changing people’s attitudes and interest in learning first aid so that people are not afraid to save human life.



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