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    The Special Impact Award 2017 – awarded in the categories ANKOMMER. Perspektive Deutschland, AndersGründer and Community

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    Hatice Akyün, who moderated the event, in conversation with Dr Ingrid Hengster from the Executive Board of KfW and KfW Stiftung and Norbert Kunz, Managing Director of Social Impact gGmbH

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    Words of welcome by the Mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann

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    Panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges faced by companies when integrating refugees economically

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    Companion2go from Marburg in the pitch of "AndersGründer"

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    Pitch given by Heimatsucher e.V. from North Rhine-Westphalia

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    The team Ichó from the Ruhr district presenting their therapy ball for people with dementia in a pitch

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    The winners of the Community award: Bemela Coffee

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    "Willkommen in der Pflege" (Welcome to the nursing profession) win the Special Impact Award in the category "ANKOMMER. Perspektive Deutschland“

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    Companion2go – the winners from the AndersGründer pitch

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Introduction

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The Award for Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs increasingly play a vital role in Germany's economic development and their innovative ideas are crucial to solving pressing social problems. 

In order to highlight their importance in ensuring society's future prosperity and to actively support their work, KfW Stiftung and Social Impact gGmbH have established the Special Impact Award. 

The Special Impact Award is part of the programmes ANKOMMER. Perspektive Deutschland and AndersGründer which provide stipends and funding. They are a joint initiative launched by KfW Stiftung and Social Impact gGmbH and are carried out by the Social Impact Labs. 

The total prize money amounts to 45,000 EUR and is awarded in three categories: ANKOMMER. Perspektive Deutschland, AndersGründer and Community. The flagship projects of the programmes AndersGründer and ANKOMMER each receive 20,000 EUR in start-up money. The winning team of the category AndersGründer is selected subsequent to a live pitch during the event. In addition, the special Community prize of EUR 5,000 is awarded. In the run-up to the prize, the Community decides through online voting which team from the programmes AndersGründer and ANKOMMER. Perspektive Deutschland is to be awarded.  

The Special Impact Award was presented for the first time on 6 June 2017 in Frankfurt.