MARC IMPACT PROGRAM

A unique program for boosting
investment-readiness and social impact

A program for companies and startups from Austria that want to take their business to the next level

Why Marc?

Marc Impact Program empowers impact startups to tackle social and environmental challenges while building their financial sustainability. 

Marc is your co-pilot in your scaling journey, by assisting you with financial readiness training, impact scaling support, and community building to help you scale and enhance your impact.

A joint initiative by ERSTE Foundation, Erste Social Finance Holding, Impact Hub Vienna, IFUA Nonprofit Partner and SIMPACT, Marc bridges gaps in business know-how and funding to foster growth and sustainability.

What does the program offer?

Our program is designed to prepare impact startups and companies  for financing and scaling. Since every venture is unique, Marc program offers two tracks: Base and Advanced. Each track features tailored options to meet the specific needs of each venture.

Individual mentoring

One size doesn’t fit all. That’s why the support is tailored to each need, focusing on business success and growth. The mentoring sessions are 1:1 and happen over 1-5 months.

Top-notch experts

We work with top-notch social enterprise developers and business experts to make a wide range of expertise available to you.

Roadmap to financeability and scaling

Showing where you currently are and how you can improve. Hands-on support to attract external funding to turn your ambition into a reality.

Visibility & Awards

Being part of a portfolio of carefully selected enterprises and strong endorsement by Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation. Best of CEE awards and access to exclusive events.

Impact scaling

Help to define, plan, measure, communicate, and increase your social or environmental impact.

Network

Long-term access to an intersectoral community of like-minded impact entrepreneurs and corporate partners in seven CEE countries.

Who can apply?

Our programme is for everyone who contributes to the common good through entrepreneurship, whether it is social, cultural, environmental or any other positive impact. We call these organisations simply High Impact Enterprises.

How do you know the program is for you?

Our program is for everyone who contributes to the common good through entrepreneurship, whether it is social, cultural, environmental or any other positive impact.
We select our participants carefully and accept only those who can realistically scale their impact through this program, so if you get in, you can make it. Your time invested pays off.

You can apply if:

  • You aim to scale your existing impact model or transform your for-profit-business into a high-impact-business;
  • You have a registered legal entity based in Austria;
  • You are financially sustainable or have a glidepath to get there;
  • You are willing to invest your time into the development process over the next 3-7 months.

How does it work?

Our program is designed to prepare impact enterprises for financing and scaling. Since every venture is unique, our program offers two tracks: Base and Advanced. Each track features tailored options to meet the specific needs of each venture.

Base

20 ventures
5 expert hours per venture
6 coaching hours per venture
2 day Bootcamp

Advanced

20 ventures
20+ expert hours per venture
10 coaching hours per venture

Main stages of the program:

June 24, 2024
Start of Application
01
September 15, 2024
Application deadline
02
October 1, 2024
Base Online Kick-off
03
October 1 - December 31, 204
Base Support Program
04
October 15-16, 2024
Base Bootcamp
05
April, 2025
Event for the best participants from all CEE countries in Vienna
06
From May, 2025
Alumni activities start for the participants of the first year, preparing the second year of the program and the extension to further CEE countries
07
June 24, 2024
Start of Application
01
September 15, 2024
Application deadline
02
October 8, 2024
Advanced Online Kick-off
03
October 8, 2024 - March 31, 2025
Advanced Support Program
04
April, 2025
Event for the best participants from all CEE countries in Vienna
05
From May, 2025
Alumni activities start for the participants of the first year, preparing the second year of the program and the extension to further CEE countries
06

Program partners

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Learn more about your country programme:

Austria

Hungary

Romania