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Hoffmann Institute


Six Years of Transformative Collaboration

25 - 27 Mar '24

Six Years of Transformative Collaboration

Paris, France
25 - 27 Mar '24

Six Years of Transformative Collaboration

Paris, France


In 2024 INSEAD celebrates its 6th consecutive year as academic partner of the ChangeNow Summit. This partnership remains focused on three main pillars:

  • Spearhead cutting-edge research to deliver positive outcomes for business, communities, people and our planet in line with globally agreed sustainability goals 
  • Shape and support a dynamic impact entrepreneurship ecosystem 
  • Seek opportunities for INSEAD students and graduates to engage in the social impact space at ChangeNOW  

Emphasising INSEAD's commitment to academic excellence and real-world impact, this year INSEAD is organizing an Impact Entrepreneurship Forum at ChangeNow, is sponsoring several impact entrepreneurs from around the world to present their solutions at the summit, and is facilitating networking career opportunities in the impact space for INSEAD students.

Ahead of the Forum INSEAD Dean Francisco Veloso will be taking part in a panel discussion SDGs in 2030: Collaboration Towards a Common Goal on March 25, 13:45 – 15:00 as part of the main programme at ChangeNow. 

Virtual Gathering: Driving Change Together

19th March 17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 17:05

Welcome & Introduction

Maria Fedorova, Partnership and Climate Initiatives Manager, Hoffmann Institute | Martina Blahova, Centre Manager, MAAG Entrepreneurship Centre 

17:05 - 17:15

Embracing Positive Leadership for Entrepreneurial Impact

Ben Ponne, Managing Director, Neo Leaders  

17:15 - 17:35

Panel discussion: Unleashing Impact Entrepreneurship through Network Synergy and Knowledge Exchange: Lessons Learned

Moderator: Alia Zafar (Hans Wahl Community, INSEAD)
Speakers: Jinna Li (INDEVOR INSEAD Global Impact Network), Indra Kubicek (Hans Wahl Community, INSEAD); Nastassia Romano (Hans Wahl Community, INSEAD).

17:35 - 17:50

Interactive Session – Breakout Rooms

This short interactive session is designed to for Forum participants to discuss the pivotal role of communities and networks in fostering success among impact entrepreneurs. Delve into the dynamics of community support and its profound impact on entrepreneurial ventures. In small breakout groups, explore what you can contribute to and seek from these communities, whether it's events, coaching, or resource exchange. Don't miss this opportunity to exchange insights and meet the participants of Impact Entrepreneurship Forum 2024.  

17:50 - 17:55

Q&A with organizers

INSEAD thought leadership X ChangeNOW

Join the conversation

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board focus session at changenow
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INSEAD Impact Entrepreneurship Forum: Driving Systems Change - March 25

16:00 - 16:15

Welcome address

Francisco Veloso, Dean of INSEAD  

Nancy Hsieh, Executive Director of Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship

16:15 - 16:35

Session 1 : Fire Side Chat with Jeroo Billimoria

Jeroo Billimoria, Serial Social Entrepreneur and Founder of several innovative and award-winning International NGOs           Moderated by Maria Fedorova, Partnership and Climate Initiatives Manager, INSEAD Hoffmann Institute

16:35 - 17:15

Session 2 : Systems thinking for social entrepreneurship - Interactive session

Moderated by Vinika Rao, Asia Director, INSEAD Hoffmann Institute
With Mila Lukic, CEO Bridges Outcomes Partnership; Ricardo Ramos, CEO, Alianca pelo impacto.
What are the limitations of impact entrepreneurs to drive systemic change? This session brings together researchers and impact entrepreneurs who have been applying systems thinking in their work to advance social change. The major challenges the world faces today are rooted around social-environmental causes. Unlike reductionist thinking, systems thinking suggests exploring the interconnectedness of the world, systems, societies and organisations. In the field of impact entrepreneurship this means to recognize these interdependencies, leverage research for real-world applications, and solutions to ethically optimize information and resources. 

17:35 - 18:15

Session 3 : Fundraising and Growth in Impact Entrepreneurship : Understanding Diverse Markets - Interactive Session

Moderated by Nancy Hsieh. Executive Director, INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship
With John Mairlot, Partner at Endgame Capital, Grégoire Landel, Founder of CityTaps, Julia Venn, Co-founder of Bii
This session will delve into the power of purpose-driven entrepreneurship and the pivotal role investors play in shaping a sustainable and impactful future.  We will explore the challenges, triumphs and collaborative strategies essential of scaling impact-drive enterprises successfully. Together with impact investors, we will share insights into what they look for when considering investments in startups and discuss the nuances of measuring and communicating impact and learn how these metrics can drive strategic decision-making and growth.

18:15 - 18:55

Session 4 : Working with corporates as an impact entrepreneur: challenges and opportunities - A facilitated Working Session

Facilitated by Felipe Monteiro, Senior Affiliate Professor of Strategy INSEAD, Academic Director Global Talent Competitiveness Index.

In this workshop session led by Professor Felipe Monteiro, participants will explore how the growing pressure faced by corporates to move to more sustainable business models creates opportunities for impact entrepreneurs to engage. Based on research and participant experience, you will explore the potential pitfalls to be avoided and good practices to be learned from. 

Pre-reading: Enel's Innovability: Global Open Innovation and Sustainability 

18:55 - 19:00

Closing remarks and outcomes of the day : Where we stand and what is next?

With Nancy Hsieh

19:00 - 21:00
Private networking cocktail event aimed to foster conversations and professional networking opportunities between INSEAD students and INSEAD impact graduates and alumni.

Master of Ceremony: Maria Fedorova, Partnership and Climate Initiatives Manager, INSEAD Hoffmann Institute

Locate the Green Bubble Space @ChangeNow

The forum is exclusive to entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers who are specifically focused on impact and who are INSEAD impact graduates and alumni.

Sponsoring INSEAD graduates & impact entrepreneurs @ChangeNow


Fabumin's innovative low-energy drying technology transforms legume cooking water (aquafaba) into Fabumin powder, a functional alternative to eggs for industrial applications. 

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Cyclecure provides sustainable and convenient solutions to the fragmented after-sales services of the micromobility sector, including e-scooters, e-bikes and e-mopeds.

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KindWinter supplies protective gear such as sleeping bags at scale for the homeless in London and the North of England. 

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Pronoe's mission is to restore the ocean’s natural ability to capture and permanently store CO2 from the air, in a sustainable, scalable and asset-light manner.

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At Mukuru Clean Stoves we repurpose locally sourced waste metal to manufacture improved, efficient, and reliable cookstoves and the we partner with local women business owners to distribute to the last mile. 

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HealthSetGo is India’s largest healthcare organization for schools with the mission to nurture the world’s largest network of health promoting schools.


How do I register for the Event?

Registration for this event is by invitation only. Should you have any questions contact [email protected]  

How do I get my Free ChangeNOW Pass?

After registering for the Impact Entrepreneurship Forum, you will receive an email with a personal code that will give you a complementary access to ChangeNOW Summit. Please follow the instructions when registering on ChangeNOW page here and make sure you give us a correct email address. The code can only be used once and can not be shared.

Do you cover travel and accommodation?

INSEAD is taking charge of organising the event, sponsoring selected booths, providing passes to ChangeNOW, and hosting a networking reception but travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants.

How do I get to know who is attending the event to make sure I enlarge my network?

We will be organising an online networking session on March 19 ahead of the Forum with a goal to have as many participants as possible get to know each other before the event.

Are the networking events before and after the Forum free?

Yes, both online networking event and the networking event after the Forum are a part of the programme and are free, and open to the attendees of the Impact Entrepreneurship Forum. Networking is an important part of building connections and knowledge exchange and we encourage you to attend.

Can I invite my colleagues to the event if they are not INSEAD alumni?

No, this event is open to INSEAD alumni only. Our goal is to leverage INSEAD alumni community and tap into collective intelligence.

Will the event be recorded?

Yes, the event will be recorded. We will also create an archive with notes and post-event materials, photographs and stories to be published on INSEAD platforms.

I want to know who is attending the Forum to get the best out of it – how do I do it?

Please see this page for the full schedule, and ChangeNOW website for the Summit programme

What is the refund policy?

If your plans have changed and you will not be able to attend the event, please request  your refund by contacting [email protected] by March, 18. After this date refund will not be possible. 

Practical information

Grand Palais Ephemere, ChangeNow Summit, Green Bubble, Paris

ChangeNow details available

ChangeNow programme details available  


Venue: Green Bubble Space Grand Palais Ephemere, Place Joffre, 75007 Paris