stage has an intense focus on team structuring, local market knowledge, community sensing, and, above all, on the contribution of our specialists to the onboarding process. Both our Growth Team and our Onboarding Coaches, due to their broad expertise, take an active part of this early stage, contributing to the Pre-Candidates development and being responsible for endorsing the ones who are a proper fit to our network.
After a Pre-Candidate team has submitted its community event report, initial market research, video pitch and Candidate application form, the team will be invited to join a call with our Global Growth Lead. Only after having received the endorsement from her, the team will be invited to proceed further. As a next step, the team needs to submit a EUR 845 Candidate payment which will cover the 1-day training with an Onboarding Coach as well as 15 hours of virtual coaching throughout the Candidate stage. After the deposit of the Candidate payment, we offer an on-site 1-day Onboarding Coaching session at the Impact Hub of the Onboarding Coach, in which at least two members from the Pre-Candidate team deep-dive into our network’s values, lessons learned, and our culture. The Onboarding Coach needs to endorse the Candidate’s application and only after that the application will be placed online for the entire network for review and questions. In case no objections are raised, the team is officially approved as an Impact Hub Candidate.
During the Candidate stage, the team will be receiving support from the Onboarding Coach who will provide guidance through the process and assist in the creation of a feasibility study – one of the main elements of the Initiative application. The overall Initiative application still consists of the team’s feasibility study, the financial planning, a filled out Initiative form and letters of recommendation from two Referring Impact Hubs that should support the Candidate’s vision and truly believe in it.
In this stage, the team will continue having access to several resources: best practices and the network’s learnings, including case studies and webinars, as well as Hubnet (our internal communication platform). They will receive a branded blog linked to the main website, their personal Impact Hub Candidate logo, a business plan toolkit, a presence on the main global map, an @Candidate.impacthub.net email addresses, and will receive our weekly newsletter.
After submitting the application and paying the first instalment of the joining payment, the Initiative application will be placed online for the entire network for review and questions. If no objections are raised, then an elected Initiative Committee will have interview calls with the team’s Onboarding Coach and the entire team itself. The Committee will then vote and if the team receives ¾ majority vote, it will advance to the next stage and will be welcomed as an Impact Hub Initiative of our Network.
Once the Initiative Committee has made its final decision, the team can officially call itself an Impact Hub [City Name] and will be welcomed into our network. The team will receive a EUR 3000 development budget, which is part of our overall joining payment and, together with the Onboarding Coach, the team will define its development plan. It will need to find a space, raise money and build a thriving community. It is time to think about what really helps to open and run a thriving and sustainable Impact Hub. Is it an Art of Hosting training, an on-site visit from their Onboarding Coach? All of that and many more actions can be taken as part of the development plan.
The team will still have access to all of the services from the Candidate stage, plus full access to the Makers website (internal) to help along the way. The team will also receive full integration into the network (personalized Impact Hub logo, a branded website, full access to Hubnet, and access to all learning and support resources), and access to Impact Hub Marketplace via the Makers Website, including programs and partnerships from around the network. And, to be fully inducted, the team will be invited to three individual calls: a Governance Induction Call, a Board Welcoming Call, and Capacity Building Induction Call.