The Czech Republic is a well-known country for their experiences in the automobile industry, beer industry and for being one of the hubs of a lot of IT people. Over the past three years, I’ve seen also a lot of progress in the Social Entrepreneurship scene. If you’re looking for support to start or grow your social startup in the Czech Republic, this overview of co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators and social startups will be some great guidance!
Impact Hub Praha, Prague
The Impact Hub in Prague is part of the Impact Hub Global Network with more than 1500 members and over 80 Hubs around the world. It’s the place to be surrounded by talented people focussed on making a positive impact in our world. Receive help from them and share your knowledge that strives for the success of all the members of the community.
The Impact Hub Praha is hosting the Social Impact Awards, an annual social business competition to support local aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, workshops, and financial resources to build and/or grow their projects.
It’s a cozy and creative place where you can find like-minded people. Among the startups in this co-working space is the well-known Social Business called Pragulic, which I will be describing below.
It’s a nice co-working space located in Vinohrady, one of the nicest areas of Prague. It includes shared office space, meeting rooms and an event space. The co-working space was created to help international freelancers, remote workers and digital nomads to share knowledge and collaborate. Members come from more than 20 countries, which is why English is the working language.
Incubators and accelerators
Impact First is an acceleration program focused on maximizing the success of businesses which made a positive impact in our society. The program has different mentors and guides the participants in the progress of their projects. One of the winners of the program is Social Trade, a startup that integrates long-term unemployed people into work habits.
It’s a startup which makes original touristic tours through the eyes of homeless people. Pragulic helps the homeless people return to the ordinary social life.
It’s a startup that upcycles cloth and turns them into covers for notebooks, tablets and mobile phones. They also donate remaining textile and clothing to people in need.
It’s a stylish café on a tricycle offering quality coffee in the spirit of last-century ice cream bikers. The barista of the Café is homeless, and the project helps her to get out of their inauspicious situation.
These co-working spaces, incubators & accelerators and startups are some of the main ones, although there are much more people and organisations supporting the Social Entrepreneurship growth that I will be introducing in the next articles. Feel free to give your comments below.